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ONE STOP HIRE BUYS SJS AND PSL
One of the largest independent hire businesses serving the north west of England has been created, following the acquisition of Wigan-based SJS Hire Tools Ltd and the purchase of the assets of Bolton-based PSL, by One Stop Hire Ltd, whose head office is also in Bolton. “We were finalising the purchase of SJS from former owners, Steve Etchells and family, when we heard PSL had gone into administration,” One Stop Hire’s MD, Steve Hitchen told EHN. “Buying both businesses is a perfect opportunity to create a strong regional presence, as both companies have some great people and excellent equipment.
“We will integrate the two businesses and re-brand them as One Stop Hire. All SJS staff have been retained, and we have been able to re-appoint two thirds of the former PSL personnel, giving a total of 40 staff. SJS’ Ian Derbyshire becomes Operations Director, and PSL Sales Director, Russ Morgan, is now One Stop Hire’s Sales Director.”
The operation will have ten branches. The SJS depots in Wrightington, located to the north of Wigan, and Chorley have been retained, together with seven former PSL locations in Bolton, Blackburn, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan. The tenth outlet is a new depot in Runcorn, to be opened shortly. Steve Hitchen was formerly a Director of Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd, having worked with the company for 16 years. His previous work experience also includes seven years with PSL, between 1986-93. His wife, Danielle, is a Director of One Stop Hire, and also previously worked for Ainscough. She is the daughter of Martin Ainscough, formerly Chairman of the crane hire business, which was the subject of an MBO in 2007.
There are also plans to introduce an on-line One Stop Hire service, to enable people to hire equipment nationally over the Internet. Commenting on the sale of SJS, former MD Steve Etchells, said, “My family and I would like to thank our many customers and suppliers who have supported us over the past 27 years. A big thank you must also go to our loyal staff who, with the backing of Steve and Danielle, will maintain the levels of commitment and service that have become synonymous with SJS Hire Tools Ltd.”
Tower Light goes green for Speedy
Tower Light has confirmed an order for 300 units of its new VT-1+eco lighting tower from Speedy, which has worked closely with the manufacturer to develop the product and will be the first hirer in the UK to offer it. The deal includes a buy-back of existing Tower Light machines.
The principal feature of the machine is a light detection sensor and auto stop/start mechanism that automatically switches on the unit when the ambient light has fallen to a pre-determined level. The sensor will also shut down the lighting set when sufficient brightness is detected. This alleviates the need for operatives to travel from site to site, manually starting and stopping individual lighting sets.
“Tower Light has calculated that reduced pollution levels of up to 30% could be achieved,” says Paul Hay, International Sales Manager. ”In addition, operators will benefit in straight fuel and labour cost savings.”
Andy Connor, Speedy’s Supply Chain Director, adds, “Our research has shown that most lighting sets are on for up to 12 hours per day, when in fact they are only really needed for eight hour periods.”
New JCB machine branding
After using the same style three-letter logo exclusively since January 1958, JCB has started to introduce new machine branding. First seen on Loadall telescopic handlers being used to assist with an artworks project in London’s Trafalgar Square, the new rectangular logo provides “more stand-out”, according to JCB CEO Matthew Taylor.
He says the main rollout for the branding will be at the Bauma plant exhibition in April 2010. Before that, it will be progressively introduced on different series of machines (including the new Miniscopic). Matthew Taylor states that the existing logo, introduced by company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford (with its angled and different sized letters), will continue to be used.
The recent deployment of two 9.5m JCB 535-95 Loadalls (one a back-up machine) for 100 days, as part of the well publicised One & Other event devised by sculptor Antony Gormley, was considered an excellent opportunity to reveal the new branding. The Loadalls, hired from Charles Wilson Engineers, were used with access platform attachments to lift artistes onto the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, where they had an hour to become ‘living sculptures’.
Complete Hire Services chooses Euro Towers
Complete Hire Services of Hull has just taken delivery of a consignment of Klik ladder frame aluminium towers from Euro Towers, worth £6,500, with an additional tranche to be delivered early next year.
“The extra towers have been added simply to meet demand from professionals who need to meet Health & Safety obligations,” said MD Peter Houldridge. “We knew for some time that we would have to expand our tower fleet because of increasing business, and we made contact with Euro Towers at the Show last February. We were very impressed by the quality of the Klik system.”
The tower is designed to utilise the minimum number of components required, with no separate ladders or guardrail frames being necessary. All multi-purpose frames can be used as uppers or lowers, with users simply bracing the platform on the third rung below the top of the tower to achieve the correct guardrail height.
EHN WELCOMES NICK JOHNSON
In the same way that we welcome PHE readers, we are delighted to announce that its former Editor, Nick Johnson, has become EHN’s new Consultant Plant Editor. Nick, a co-founder of PHE back in 1987 along with current EHN Publisher Robert Aplin, is the most experienced plant journalist on any UK-based publication serving the plant and construction industries.
Kicking off in this issue, Nick undertakes one of his famous ‘Nick Johnson At The Controls’ test drives, in which he puts JCB’s latest telehandler through its paces. His contributions to this issue are liberally interspersed throughout our Compact Plant Market Report and beyond.
New IPAF course for push-arounds
A new course covering the category Push Around Vertical (PAV) low-level access machines will be offered by IPAF-approved training centres in the UK from January 2010. Such products are essentially small, simple static vertical machines but, unlike Static Verticals (IPAF category 1a), they have no mechanical drive and are physically pushed into position.
The course was developed following extensive industry consultation, and equipment covered includes models produced by companies such as Youngman, Power Tower, Genie, JLG, Pop-Up and Upright.
A-Plant to establish on-site Stratford depot
A-Plant is to provide an on-site hire depot on the £1.1bn Bovis Lend Lease Stratford City Project. The scheme is designed to leave a legacy after the 2012 Olympic Games of new homes and open spaces. An education campus is being constructed alongside multi-use community facilities. This will be A-Plant’s second on-site hire depot in Stratford, the first having been awarded to the Hire Alliance, a consortium comprising A-Plant, HSS, Screwfix, Aggreko, Greenshields JCB, Hilti GB, JLG and SGB.
A-Plant has also signed a new Strategic Partnership Agreement with Costain Group, as a Tier 1 Supplier for general plant, powered access and power generation equipment, worth around £2m per annum. This supersedes an agreement signed by the two companies in 2007.
AS A MATTER OF RECORD
As a matter of record, EHN would inform you that we have not received payment from a company called Express Auctions for adverts placed in our July and August issues promoting itself as ‘London’s only permanent auction site.’ Its first advert in June was paid in full by a company named Nationwide Plant Ltd, based at 15 Juliette Way, Purfleet Industrial Park, Aveley, Essex, RM15 4YA, which is the same address as we invoiced Express Auctions.
After promises of payment, made on Express Auctions’ behalf, no payment was forthcoming. We have left numerous messages asking for payment. We have not been notified by Express Auctions of any dispute or given reason why our payment terms have not been met. A further message was left on Friday 16 October, asking a responsible individual to contact us. We also informed the company that we planned to publish this information as a matter of record if no response was received. This message was repeated on the afternoon of Thursday 22 October, as this issue closed for press.