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JARVIE CROSSES THE BORDER
Jarvie Plant is set to open its first depot in England, as part of its expansion plans for 2017. The Grangemouth-based hirer says it will establish a location in Manchester during the first quarter of the year.
“Manchester is a really exciting prospect as it opens up a huge geographical area and a wealth of opportunities,” said Sales Director Ian Hutchinson, who recently returned to Jarvie after last working for the company ten years ago.
A depot in Nairn is also planned, taking the total number of Jarvie facilities in Scotland to nine. Last year, it opened new purpose-built depots in Aberdeen and Dundee. Despite the downturn in the oil
and gas industry,
the company remains optimistic about the prospects of operating in the north of Scotland, with some significant rail and road infrastructure projects anticipated. “We are looking to build on our already strong foundations in Scotland’s
north-east, and to further invest in a full complement of depot staff covering operations and sales.”
SLD adds SDMO sets
SLD, which specialises in hiring generators and pumping equipment, has bought 36 Kohler-SDMO Rental Compact sets, encompassing a power band from 40kVA to 500kVA.
The machines are designed to address environmental issues, including low noise levels and reduced air contamination. Director and General Manager, Grant McIntosh said, “The Rental Compact range is Stage 3A and DEFRA compliant, which provides the right level of specification for use with our aggregates and utility customers.” SLD has two main generator depots in Paisley and Erith, operating throughout the UK.
Hire Station grabs Postpullers machines
Hire Station has added a range of Fence Master machines from Postpullers (UK) to its fleet. They are designed to quickly extract fence posts, removing concrete footing at the same time, in under a minute. If the post is broken, the footing can be removed with a claw attachment.
“We saw the hire potential of post extractors which are very popular with fencing contractors, landscapers and DIY customers wishing to make their own repairs,” said Purchasing Manager, Paul Smith.
“They are proving very popular and offer excellent returns on investment. We are already looking at extending our fleet of Fence Masters so they are available to hire from every Hire Station depot.”
Fosseway chooses Kubota
Fosseway Hire has added a KX57-4 mini excavator from Kubota, the third machine
in its fleet from the manufacturer. Each one has been specified with tilt rotators to enable full control over bucket movement, including tilt in all directions.
MD Neil Davis says that the versatility of this configuration is leading to
increasing demand. The company has depots in Shipston-on-Stour and Bourton-on-the-Water, serving customers in Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.
Hire Network Award shortlist announced
The Hire Network has announced the three finalists for its annual Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding performance at an individual depot. Southern Tower Services of Beenham, near Newbury, and the Birmingham depot of Hireforce - which won the Award last year - join Toga Hire Centre’s Bow location, which was named as a finalist in December.
“The industry currently seems buoyant,” said Hire Network MD, Barry Dean. “However, the pace of business can sometimes make it difficult to maintain operational efficiency, and these three hirers really stand out in their commitment to maintaining the highest standards of service and equipment.” The Award winner will be announced at the Executive Hire Show.
HSC rebrands Midland Power
Hire Supply Co (HSC) is re-branding its sister business, Midland Power Distribution Ltd, as HSC Machinery, Spares & Consumables, from 1 February. MD Gary McWilliam told EHN, “The name instantly informs customers about the products available and conveys the combination of the markets we supply. It also emphasises the connection that HSC’s policies, procedures, care and support expand to the specialist machinery, spares and consumables businesses.”
Sales Manager John McGhee adds, “There will be no changes to the team based at Worcester, and the rebranding should give our current and future customers within the tool hire industry the same the confidence to purchase from us as they have when buying from HSC.”
A new website, www.hscmsc.co.uk, will also go live from 1 February, listing more than 27,000 products including machines, spares and consumables. On-line customers will be able to place orders, arrange delivery to different addresses and view previous transactions. HSC will give further details, as well as launching its new Tool Hire catalogue, at the Executive Hire Show in Coventry.
Eagle Plant Hire plans expansion
Eagle Plant Hire of Glasgow is now under the sole ownership of MD Colin Inglis, after buying his brother Alan’s 50% share of the business.
As we reported in our Profile in our November/ December issue, it has grown rapidly in recent years, with turnover passing £2m for the first time in 2016. This growth led to the purchase of 40,000ft2 of additional yard space opposite its premises to accommodate a growing equipment fleet. A further three employees will be appointed in the coming months.
“Making the investment of buying the business outright is a demonstration of how confident I am in Eagle’s future. I am very optimistic that 2017 will see a continuation of the solid and steady growth we have seen since Alan and I bought the business together, back in 2005. I expect turnover to grow by a further 30% this year.
“We see sustained growth and demand for our equipment across all markets. In 2016 we took delivery of our 50th excavator, and we intend to increase this by around 50% again to support our groundworks, utility and civil engineering clients. We have also had a great response to our recent move into new product areas, such as temporary traffic lights, traffic control signage and barriers.”
West & Wales Road Show charity auction supports worthy cause
Hirers and suppliers attending our West & Wales Road Show in early December once again demonstrated their generosity by helping us raise the magnificent sum of £8,779 in our Charity Auction held during the evening.
The proceeds were donated to the Julian Trust Night Shelter
based in Bristol, whose volunteers help homeless people in the area. The Executive Hire Team appreciated the support of those who dug deep to support such a worthy cause, achieving a figure that exceeded last year’s donation by nearly £2,000.
There was a great buzz during the auction, which included an impressive number of lots, including VIP tickets to events such as a Wasps rugby match, a Swansea Premier League football game and a National Hunt race meeting, as well as local golf days, and a sightseeing helicopter ride round London. The Team would like to thank everyone who got involved and we look forward
to meeting up with you all again at the main Show in Coventry.
Generator Power increases Atlas Copco fleet
Specialist hirer, Generator Power, recently took delivery of ten new Atlas Copco QAC1000 generators in an investment said to be worth over £1.5m. The machines have a Cummins engine with a variable speed fan, designed to reduce fuel consumption and noise levels.
MD Stephen Cardwell said, “This purchase of QAC1000s, together with the 16 QAC1250 models purchased last year, establishes Generator Power as a major player in the larger ‘containerised’ generator rental market.” The new sets have already been hired
to customers in the utilities, hospital, facilities management and industrial markets.
Hirer branches into chippers
HFC Hire Services, which supplies equipment and site accommodation from its location in Exeter,
has established a partner company called Chipper Hire South West to meet demand for GreenMech machines in its fleet.
“We were getting asked by contractors for a wood chipper which would enable them to clear sites before proceeding with building work,” said Proprietor Col Bachmann. The latest addition to the fleet is a tracked ArbTrak 150 model, which is reported to be proving popular with arborists and tree surgeons.
The new business plans to increase its chipper fleet during the year ahead.
Passionate Hirer Awards 2017 nominations
Seven hirers have been shortlisted for this year’s Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Awards, which will be presented during the evening Party on the first day. They are: Artisan Hire, Yate; Avon Tools Hire, Bath; Beaver Hire, Chichester;
Lord Hire Centres, Newcastle; Luscombe Plant, Ulverston; Peter Lucas Tool Hire, Llandudno Junction; and Skipton Hire Centres, Yorkshire.
Nominations were made by our team of six National Visitor Campaign Managers following their hundreds of visits to hirers’ premises in the build-up to February’s Show and our autumn/winter regional Road Show events.