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KDM completes upgrade
KDM Hire Ltd has completed an extensive upgrade and expansion of its Cookstown head office and its other depot in Belfast. This is significant since, when we profiled the business in our January/February 2010 issue, as the winner of a Passionate Hirer Award, we described its operation as “jaw dropping”, and one of the largest single depot hire outlets we had ever visited. This latest £1.5m investment includes additional covered and uncovered storage space, the installation of extra pre-hire check facilities and computerised fuel pumping stations.
New maintenance facilities and a large storage yard have also been added for the company’s K-Cabin accommodation and toilet hire division, as well as a modern paint spraying. Other work includes enhancements to existing maintenance workshops, a new sales office and modifications to the trade shop at the Cookstown depot. In all, the Cookstown yard has been extended by approximately 2.5 acres and the Belfast yard by over half an acre.
MD Keith McIvor said, “In the hire business you often focus on investment in new hire equipment and, sometimes, investment in facilities can be secondary. With close on 80 employees operating out of two locations, we needed to ensure our staff were provided with the proper equipment and conditions to do the job. This, in turn, offers a better product and service for our customers”. The company has also continued to invest in its fleet, with recent additions and replacements exceeding £2m.
Fairfax places large Kubota order
Fairfax Plant Hire of Selby has placed an order for 60 Kubota mini excavators for delivery over a six-month period as it continues to expand its operation. Models to be supplied include the micro U10-3 and 5.4 tonne U55-4 zero tail swing models, the KX71-3 in the 2-3 tonne weight category, and the 1.5 tonne KX015-4.
Business Development Director, Mark Love, said, “We are continuously investing in new equipment to meet customer demand. We have been purchasing Kubota machines since the mid-1980s, and this latest order is part of a wider growth plan to maintain and increase our market share.”
One Stop acquires training business
One Stop Hire has acquired WHS Safety Solutions, a Blackburn-based training provider, which will now be re-branded as One Stop Safety Training Solutions, offering more than 100 courses including PASMA and IPAF programmes, as well as covering topics such as asbestos awareness and work in confined spaces. In total over 100 courses are offered nationally from this new facility which opened in 2013.
Steve Hitchen, One Stop Hire MD, commented, “Last year, more and more clients enquired about training, in particular in relation to access, which is still our biggest growth area. We began to source training providers and it became another arm to our re-hire service. WHS was one of our suppliers, so when it came on the market, it made perfect sense to buy it. As construction activity grows again, the requirement for training will increase and I see this part of our business contributing £1m of revenue per annum within two years”.
A-Plant touches down at Gatwick
A-Plant has opened an on-site facility at Gatwick Airport to provide equipment to Vinci Construction UK and its sub-contractors working on the £95m redevelopment of the airport’s Pier 1 at the South terminal.
The hirer will provide electrical tools such as drills, breakers and fixings, low level access equipment, consumables and PPE. It also has a dedicated Airport Team to provide airside deliveries, engineers and sales support for all it product ranges, covering the entire airport.
Graham Hawkins, District Sales Director for London and the South East, said “The airport market is relatively new one for us. We have invested a lot of time and resources to ensure we are equipped to deliver on a contract of this scale.”
Award success for Nixons
Nixon Hire is celebrating after having been named as Company of the Year at the North East Business Awards organised by The Journal regional newspaper based in Newcastle. Having won the Tyneside & Northumberland regional heat in March, the company was announced as the overall winner last month.
MD Graham Nixon said, "This Award recognises how much the business has grown and developed and, furthermore, supports the plans we have to drive the business even further forward. My father, John, established the business 47 years ago and during this period the scale of our operations has changed considerably, with our annual turnover now standing at over £32m.”
Penrhyn cuts deal with Blade
PenrhynTool Hire, which has depots at Penrhyndeudraeth and Pwllheli in Gwynedd, has taken delivery of a new Camisa TP680 track barrow from Blade Machinery, having seen the machine at the Executive Hire Show.
As business continues to grow, Director Richard Aitkinhea bought the machine to join another in the fleet that was bought ten years ago and is still performing well. “After checking our machine records, we found down time and the cost of repairs had been minimal, and steady customer requests have proved that they like using it.”
Sykes Pumps expands its fleet
Specialist hirer, Sykes Pumps, part of the Andrews Sykes group, has added to its fleet of medium head pumps for specialist applications in industries such as mining, quarrying, power, petrochemicals and construction. Its new MH150/100 pumps have automatic control panels, and telemetry facilities can be incorporated for remote monitoring and management.
New A&Y Equipment distributor added
TDL Equipment has been appointed by A & Y Equipment Ltd as distributor for Ammann compaction equipment and the Yanmar range of mini and midi excavators and tracked dumpers.
Its territory will cover Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the north east of England, and its coverage in Scotland will include the Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, and the central belt. TDL is the UK distributor of Terex trucks, Genie telehandlers, and Atlas material handlers, wheeled excavators, and wheel loaders.
GAP’s Sapphire celebrations
GAP recently celebrated 45 years of successful trading. Founder Gordon Anderson opened the first depot in Linwood, next to Glasgow Airport, in 1969, and the company today operates from almost 100 locations nationwide.
To commemorate this latest milestone, GAP has painted a selection of plant in its fleet sapphire blue, the 45th Anniversary colour. The eye-catching machines, which include a Kubota KX080-4 excavator, Terex TA9 dumper, Bomag HD12 VV roller and an Atlas Copco XAS-47 DDG compressor will be supplied to construction sites throughout the year.
Group Procurement Manager, Ken Stewart, said, “I approached key suppliers for their support to help us celebrate producing bespoke machines and each was keen to participate. The equipment was taken from our production schedules and basically painted ‘off-line’ without causing disruption, and was delivered in time for display at our annual conference.”
Generation’s grounds for growth
Generation Hire & Sale has added Green-Tek’s Ground-Guards to its fleet. The product comprises lightweight plastic panels that provide temporary ground protection and access over muddy and marshy areas. When locked in place, they form temporary roadways and car parks for vehicles and trucks, as well as solid surfaces for events and other applications. The system is being offered at the company’s depots throughout the country. MD Mark Clifford said, “Protecting ground and turf in this way minimises reinstatement costs, prevents vehicles getting bogged down and keeps jobs on schedule.”