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HSC MEETS FLOODS CHALLENGE

Hire Supply Co’s commitment to service was demonstrated over the Christmas period, when it reacted immediately to an urgent request for equipment in the aftermath of the severe flooding in northern England.
On Boxing Day, HSC’s Steve McKenzie was contacted by Keiron Power of Wigan-based One Stop Hire to see if dehumidifiers could be supplied quickly to help with restoration work at many sites in the region. As a result, One Stop placed an order for a large number of units, for collection on Monday 28th. Although HSC was officially closed until the New Year, MD Gary McWilliam came in and opened up the head office and central stores in Long Eaton, together with warehouseman Aiden Gosling, so that the equipment could be collected immediately, ready to provide a rapid response as soon as the water had subsided.
Two drivers from One Stop arrived at HSC’s stores just before 10am on Monday and the dehumidifiers, together with ancillary equipment, were loaded up and back at base within a few hours.
One Stop’s Kieron Power said, “I would like to thank Gary, Steve and Aiden for their support and excellent service by opening up over the Christmas holidays, and at such short notice, to provide us with the emergency dehumidifiers. This helped us to provide equipment to those affected in Yorkshire and the north west of England.”
Gary McWilliam said, “It was tragic to see the effects of the flooding, and it was a pleasure to be able to help a hire company, whose customers needed assistance.”

A-Plant opens Tool Hire Express depot

A-Plant has opened a new depot in Bridgwater, under its Tool Hire Express branding. Mike Abbott, Regional Sales Director said, “We chose the site after seeing a real uplift in demand in the region. Being in the town centre, the new store is really accessible for customers, which is great for walk-in trade, plus there is ample on-site parking for customers collecting equipment.”
A-Plant’s Lux Traffic Control and Management Division also operates from the site.

YHC adds Takeuchi machines

Yeovil-based YHC Hire Solutions recently took delivery of 49 Takeuchi mini excavators from local dealer, CBL Plant Sales. The order comprised seven 1180kg TB210R micro machines, twenty TB216 models in the 1.5-tonne class, and twenty-two TB230 minis weighing in at 2950kg.
All the machines have been supplied with a full set of new buckets and manual quick hitches. They have also been painted in the hirer’s distinctive corporate colours, with purple paintwork on the counterweights. YHC’s MD Andy Parker said, “Takeuchi provides versatile, powerful and robust machines that are easy to operate, accessible to service and are a popular choice for customers.”
Operations Director, Jim Patch received the new machines from CBL’s Phil Hooper. YHC has six depots in the south west of England, with satellite depots in Bridgwater, Chard, Glastonbury, Weston-super-Mare and Wincanton.
• For details of Takeuchi’s latest launches, click here.

West & Wales Road Show raises £7,000 in charity auction

Not only did our West & Wales Road Show attract a record attendance of 70 hirers in early December, but it also raised £7,000 in a charity auction for a Bristol-based Night Shelter in the run-up to Christmas. According to Show Director Robert Aplin, “as I walk into work each day in Bristol, I had noticed an increase in the number of people sleeping rough in the city. Having organised charity auctions at the national Show in the past, and with Christmas approaching, I wanted to contribute something locally and maybe raise a few hundred pounds. However, in typical fashion, I didn’t start ringing around the Road Show exhibitors until the day before the event.
“When the Road Show started at 4.30pm, exhibitors had donated seven auction lots, which we thought was really impressive. By 6.00pm, when we started the auction, the number had risen to a staggering 15 lots. As a result of the fantastic generosity of suppliers and hirers at the Road Show, we raised £7,000 for the Julian Trust Night Shelter. Such is the level of camaraderie at this event, hirers were bidding on each other’s lots, including Bath Rugby tickets and local golf days, as well as suppliers’ kit and other offers like Badminton Horse Trial tickets and a helicopter trip to JCB’s Rocester facility.
“We would like to thank everyone who took part in the auction and contributed such a magnificent sum of money to a worthy charity. We look forward to meeting up with everyone again at next month’s Show in Coventry.”

Powertec chooses SMC generators

Powertec Generators, based in Lanark, has bought 21 SMC Genpac10 generators to hire as back-up power support in remote areas. It serves customers at a number of sites that are at risk of power cuts in extreme weather conditions.
MD Paul Younger, said: “Fuel consumption was an important factor in the purchasing decision. The generators need to run for a long time, in excess of 24 hours, because of the time it may take for contractors to reach outlying areas.”
The SMC Genpac10 generator, from Morris Site Machinery, is a compact 8kVA single-phase machine that can run for 75 hours at 75% load.

Quick Reach expands into Scotland

Manchester-based Quick Reach Powered Access Ltd has acquired the assets of Specialized Access Ltd of Wishaw, a provider of tracked boom lifts and truck-mounted booms. All former employees have been retained.
Quick Reach Director, John Barton, said, “This enables us to expand into Scotland and further enhances our fleet mix. The Wishaw operation will expand from a niche products supplier to a provider of a comprehensive range of access platforms and telescopic handlers.”

Hirers benefit from Seddons training

Seddons has completed an intensive training programme, in conjunction with Honda Engines, which has seen more than 250 workshop fitters from several national hirers receive classroom and practical-based training, including engine re-builds.
The company delivered engine repair and fault-finding training to staff from A-Plant, Brandon, HSS, Jewson, Select Plant, Speedy,
Supply UK and Travis Perkins. This was delivered over a number of sessions at the Honda Engine Academy in Swindon.

Hire Network Award nominees announced

The Hire Network has announced the final shortlist for its annual Award, which recognises excellent performance at individual depot level. Already Hire’s Slough location and Toolhirexpress of Bedford have been named as the two other candidates. The Birmingham depot of Hireforce, which was nominated at the end of last year, completes the line-up.
“Already’s Slough depot comes up trumps week in, week out, serving customers in and around Heathrow and west London,” said Hire Network MD Barry Dean. “It provides reliable service throughout a very busy and challenging area. Toolhirexpress also gives consistently good service over a wide radius from its base in Great Barford, close to the A1.” The Award winner will be announced at the Executive Hire Show.

JCB marks mini milestone

JCB recently celebrated the production of its 100,000th mini excavator. The very first machine, an 801 model weighing 1.4 tonnes, was made in 1989, in a year when just over 450 units were manufactured. By 1992, there were four models in the range and annual production rates had risen to 1,000.
The landmark machine, a 10-tonne 100C-1 model, is one of 22 models in the current range, which spans from one to 10 tonnes. All are manufactured at the JCB Compact Products factory in Cheadle.
CEO Graeme Macdonald said, “To have produced 100,000 compact excavators really is something for the whole JCB team to celebrate and, with more additions to the range due this year, we can look forward to more growth in this important sector of the market.”

Gem opens new Banbury building

Gem Tool Hire & Sales recently held an open day to mark the opening of the new building for its flagship Banbury depot. Its original premises were destroyed by a fire in December 2013, which spread from a neighbouring property.
“The fire destroyed 50% of the hire fleet and the entire contents of our sales shop, with the building a write-off,” said MD Steve Moore. “We moved into a temporary facility nearby and were open for business six days after the fire, after moving equipment from our Bicester and Rugby depots.
“Construction work on the new building started in late December 2014. It incorporates new technology in the form of underfloor heating, powered by air source heat pumps, with extra insulation in the walls and roof, and low-energy lighting.”

OBITUARY

In the issue in which we report on the company, it is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Neville Griffiths, a Director of CEH Plant Sales and Direct Plant & Tools in Ruthin. He was killed in a car crash on 4 December, aged 48.
“Nev was always interested in plant and machinery, and formed CEH Plant Sales in 2005,” said his business partner, Gareth Thomas. “He started off with a couple of small items of plant that were hired out locally, and the business rapidly took off. He secured a Takeuchi dealership in 2008 and then concentrated most of his energies into supplying new machines, eventually adding a dealership for dumper manufacturer, NC Engineering.
“It was through his local knowledge, and increasing requests to hire construction equipment, that Nev and I decided to form Direct Plant & Tools in April 2014. He will be sorely missed.”

 

     
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