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OBART SIGNS WITH STEWART
Obart Pumps has announced a dealership agreement with the Glasgow-based construction and grounds care equipment supplier, Stewart Plant Sales, a sister company to Scot JCB. Stewart has become the exclusive dealer to the tool and plant hire and construction industries in Scotland of Obart’s single-phase electric and engine-driven pumps. Its eight depots will stock Tsurumi and APP submersibles, Honda and Tsurumi engine pumps, DryMax diaphragm models, fuel transfer pumps, hoses, spares and accessories.
The deal was agreed by Obart’s MD Matthew Hill, who is pictured, centre, with Stewart’s Billy Thomas, right, and Colin Buchanan. “With strong growth in Scotland’s construction industry, coupled with the instant demands of regular flooding caused by climate change, both companies felt that Scottish hirers and contractors would benefit from the convenience of same-day delivery or collection,” Matthew told EHN. “Next-day delivery to Scotland, from our warehouse in Kent, was often just not quick enough to enable customers to cope with extreme weather conditions, so the opportunity to team up with a company that shares our efficient, friendly, service was an exciting opportunity. On concluding the deal, the heavens opened and we got a heavy dose of rainfall, so we feel that this was a good omen!”
Euro Towers steps ahead
Euro Towers has added the Podium 3 to its range of Stepfold podiums range. It offers a working height of 4m and incorporates an inclined ladder for safe access to the platform. A telescopic gated access frame allows the operative to enter by reducing the width of the frame, step on to the platform and close the gate behind them, facing outwards for safety. Stabilisers are included as standard on the Podium 3, which has been designed for internal and external tasks that require a slightly higher reach than standard podiums provide, and the product folds flat for mobility.
The company also reports that it recently supplied 20 podiums from its Stepfold range to Lichfield-based Tippers Tools Hire.
Mainline adds Generac lighting
Mainline Plant Services of Tottenham has added lighting equipment to its line-up for the first time, having purchased a fleet of VB9 lighting towers from Generac. The company took delivery of its order recently, having initially seen the machine while visiting the Executive Hire Show.
Director John Evans said he was impressed by the VB9’s fuel saving characteristics. “As a business principally operating within the construction industry,
we are mindful that our day-to-day activities can have an impact on the surrounding environment and the clients we serve.” Mainline has already secured an order for four machines on a long-term highway project in its area.
Husqvarna’s Champion performers
Sheffield-based Champion Hire has standardised on Husqvarna’s K760 OilGuard cut-off saw throughout its five depots. The tool has an optical system that detects whether the correct oil mix is being used, and shuts down to idle if anomalies are identified. This helps to prevent damage and reduces repair costs. Champion’s Operations Manager, Adam Langham, told EHN, “Over the years, Husqvarna disc cutters have served us extremely well and given us uniform, consistent service. Since adding the OilGuard machine to our hire fleet, we have noticed a significant decline in repairs and maintenance, which has provided us with the confidence to continue our investment in this technology.”
AJC drives forward with new EasyCab
AJC Trailers has launched the EasyCab, a self-contained mobile welfare unit, deigned to provide facilities for up to eight people. It includes a flushing WC, blown air heating, LED lighting, a washing area and a microwave cooker.
Based on a converted Mercedes Sprinter van, the unit can be driven to site and made ready for use quickly, particularly in remote areas. Any person holding a licence for vehicles up to 3500kg can drive the EasyCab, and AJC says that various bespoke options are available.
HAE to launch recruitment initiative
HAE will launch a scheme called ‘2016 - Year of Opportunity’ during its HAE EHA Hire Convention at Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough, on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September. Part of its Future Hirer initiative, it aims to attract new people into the industry, and HAE wants to create 2,000 work experience opportunities through national events it will stage next year.
Speakers will discuss other industry challenges in conference and seminar sessions, and, as we went to press, a total of 35 suppliers had booked stands in an exhibition area at the event, including Addex, Belle, JCB, Karcher, Midland Power Distribution, and Morris Site Machinery. Registration costs £25 for members and non-members.
Challenger wins Business Awards
Portable sanitation equipment hirer, Challenger Site Services of Ashton-under-Lyne, has won in the Business of the Year and the Service Provider of the Year categories in the Pride of Tameside Business Awards.
“This is a fantastic recognition of the effort that everyone in our team puts in, including the guys that work in the yard, service staff, drivers and office personnel,” said Partner, Shaun Allen, pictured, third from right, with his Challenger colleagues. “For the Service Award we had to demonstrate ways in which we exceed customer expectations and how this has improved our commercial performance.”
Generator Power pedals
Staff from Wakefield-based hirer, Generator Power, have successfully completed an ambitious charity cycle ride. “Each year we undertake a fund raising challenge, and they have been getting more extreme every time,” MD Stephen Cardwell told EHN. “This year, a Coast to Coast theme was suggested, but the normal 150-mile route seemed far too tame. So, we looked for the widest part we could find on the map and added in Ireland for good measure.”
The team started from Dingle in south west Ireland and rode to Rosslare ferry terminal, then cycled from Fishguard to the finish line at the North Pier in Great Yarmouth, covering 600 miles in six days.
To date, more than £12,000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK, easily surpassing the £9,374 total achieved last year when staff rode to, and climbed, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
OBITUARY – FRED TARRANT
Having had the privilege to interview Fred Tarrant, and the Didcot Plant team back in October 2012, and to publish details of Fred’s 50 years’ service within our hire industry last November, it is now our sad duty to report that Fred passed away on 30 July after a short illness.
A highly respected hire man, Fred developed Didcot Plant into one of the leading independent hirers in the Thames Valley. He will undoubtedly be missed by so many he came into contact with over his lifetime in hire.
We offer our condolences to Fred’s surviving family and to those in the wider Didcot Plant family who are grieving at this time.