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Wernick Powers ahead
Following an investment of £10m, the Wernick Group is expanding into generator and temporary power equipment hire with the launch of a new division, Wernick Power Solutions Ltd.
The machine additions include over 1,600 generators from 6kVA to 500kVA, including 225 units following a £3m deal with JCB. At the end of January, the company also acquired the specialist hirer, Power-Rite, which increased the fleet size to approximately 2,000.
The new company will focus on serving Wernick Hire’s existing construction related customer base, enabling portable accommodation and temporary power equipment to be provided from a single source.
Following the Power-Rite acquisition, the operation currently employs 30 people. There are plans to increase this to more than 70, operating out of six regional locations by the end of 2021.
A-Plant rebrands as Sunbelt Rentals
A-Plant will rebrand as Sunbelt Rentals from 1 May. This will bring all A-Plant’s brands under one banner and aligns it with the other operating businesses of Ashtead Group plc, which trade under the Sunbelt Rentals brand in the United States and Canada.
Andy Wright, CEO of A-Plant, said, "Our rebranding to Sunbelt Rentals is the culmination of work to unify our UK brands under one powerful banner.”
JCB Finance celebrates 50 years
JCB Finance is marking 50 years in business with a pledge to raise £50,000 for children’s charity, the NSPCC through a series of fundraising activities throughout 2020.
To kick-start its campaign, it is donating a JCB 8008 micro excavator to be auctioned online, with all proceeds going to the charity. Bids can be placed at www.jcb-finance.co.uk, and the winning bidder will be announced on 23 April.
JCB Finance Managing Director Paul Jennings, who is pictured cutting a celebration cake, said, “Throughout our history, we’ve made sure that we keep the personal touch and even with today’s digital world, we are committed to having ‘boots on the ground’.”
Brandon Hire Station opts for Pop Up
Brandon Hire Station, which is part of Vp, has chosen Pop Up products as its single-source supplier of aluminium towers, specifically the manufacturer’s Eiger 500 system. The deal was announced on Pop-Up’s stand at the Executive Hire Show.
Brandon Tool Hire was acquired by Vp in late 2017 and eventually merged with Hire Station, which already had the Eiger 500 product in its fleet. Now, having appraised various systems, Brandon Hire Station says it has decided to focus on this tower system as it maintains its on-going growth.
Hire Network success for Hireforce
The Derby depot of Hireforce Centres was announced at the Executive Hire Show as the Winner of the 2020 Hire Network Award, which is given to recognise excellent service at an individual depot.
Hire Network Manager, Kevin Sherwood, pictured left, presented the trophy to Hireforce Depot Manager, Andy Elkes, and said, “We deal with hundreds of hirers and the Award honours the best of the bunch. We know which depots regularly provide great service, with dedicated drivers, efficient systems, correct paperwork and reliable backup.”
The two runners-up were the West Thurrock depot of access equipment specialist, Generation Hire & Sales, and the Barking location of Toga Hire Centres.
Arcotherm races into action
Specialist heating equipment hirer, Arcotherm, is to sponsor Team BRIT, an all-disabled motor racing squad.
The team will race in the Britcar Championship this year and, through its Racing Academy, it hosts track days across the country to give people the chance to drive on a circuit using the latest hand control technology.
It was during an event recently at the Silverstone track that a friend of Arcotherm’s Head of Business, Jim Bush, met the team and noticed how cold everyone was in the pit garages. Hearing the story, Jim arranged for two Fire 25 portable heaters to be supplied to them for future races.
Meet EHN’s new Editor
Andy McVittie is EHN’s new Editor and he will be in charge of the magazine’s printed and online content from the April/May issue onwards.
His media career spans 30 years, including 15 of those at the publishing giant EMAP, where he quickly climbed the editorial and managerial ladders, and was soon looking after magazines and projects in gaming, golf, gardening and customer publishing.
Andy went on to run his own media agency for ten years, copywriting and supplying digital services for such clients as Microsoft, BBC Worldwide and Yahoo!, before working on publications covering social housing and railways - both model and real. He is looking forward to meeting hirers and suppliers, and to getting hands-on with equipment.