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Executive Hire News › Archives › April/May 2016 › Executive Report : Executive news

Executive Report : Executive news


In what we believe to be a new, and very interesting, industry initiative, Eagle Plant has become an employee-owned business
to help ensure its long-term future as an independent operation.
Founded in 1975, the Chard-based operation grew out of a building contracting business, becoming independent in 1994 following a management buyout. It now has 26 depots throughout England.
Planning for the future, shareholder Michael Grimoldby, has decided to make the transition to employee ownership to ensure continuity for Eagle Plant’s workforce and customers. Employees have a controlling stake in the business, held in trust on their behalf. The Trust has undertaken to purchase their controlling interest over the next few years while Michael Grimoldby and the other Directors continue to run the business. Staff can also buy shares in their own right, enabling them to participate in the success of the business and to influence its direction.
The Directors were advised by the Employee Ownership Association, which says that employee-owned companies now account for over £30m of GDP annually, and that the sector is growing at a rate of approximately 10% annually.
• EHN will report on this fascinating development in more depth in our June issue.

Belle’s electric barrow

The Altrad group stand at Bauma revealed an innovative prototype electric wheelbarrow developed by Altrad Fort in Holland, with input from Altrad Belle in Sheen. Called the E-Powerbarrow 2.0, it has a slow-start 300W electric motor in the hub of its front wheel, with an electronic brake for controlled descents, as was demonstrated by Altrad Belle MD Ray Neilson.
There will be a choice of 24V batteries, including a 10A HD version and an 11.6A HD Pro Lithium ion battery. The former is said to provide a range of five miles and six hours’ running with an average load. The Pro version works for ten hours on a full charge and gives a range of seven miles. The spare battery slides onto the barrow frame, and can be charged whilst the other is in use.

HAE highlights career opportunities

HAE staff and Board members participated in a recent Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) event to promote the hire industry as a career choice. The session was designed to update DWP staff at its national Jobcentres about the industry and its employment challenges, and took the form of a telephone conference with approximately 750 delegates participating.
Representing the HAE were Senior Membership Development Executive, Debbie Garner, Commercial Manager, Richard Whiting, and inspHire MD Graham Dobbs, a member of the Association’s Supply Chain Board, who spoke about his own career path, from starting work via a Government Youth Training Scheme in the 1980s, eventually becoming a hire company area manager before joining the software industry.
HAE has also announced that its Hire Convention will again take place at Holywell Park, Loughborough, on 21 and 22 September.

Hire! Freeman expands vehicle fleet

Hire! Freeman of Telford has bought a new DAF LF 210 truck to add to its delivery fleet. The vehicle, which has a carrying capacity of up to 9 tonne, has a specially-built body with air suspension to reduce the loading ramp angle, facilitating the loading of scissor lifts and other machinery with low ground clearance.
“We are delighted with the truck,” said MD John Freeman. “It arrived on a Friday afternoon, went to our sign writers on the Monday morning, and, by that afternoon, it was delivering equipment.”

Garic opens Midlands depot

Garic has opened a new depot in Dudley to serve the Midlands region to meet rising demand. The facility covers 160,000ft2 and sixteen new staff have been appointed.
Director Neil Richardson said, “We have has been supplying clients in the Midlands for many years from our hubs in Lancashire and Bedfordshire, but we feel now is the right time to establish a dedicated operation here.”
The company reports that, over the past 12 months, it has seen revenue increase by 31% across its product range. It says that particular interest is being shown in solar-powered site equipment such as welfare units, toilets and showers.

Ray Caulfield achieves Generac target

Generac Director Ray Caulfield was recently presented with a commemorative plaque for his achievement in selling more than 1,000 lighting towers during 2015. “I am delighted to accept this award and, in particular, I would like to thank all my customers in the hire industry for taking the time to see me and place orders. Without them, I could not have reached this milestone.
“2016 promises to be another excellent year, and we received a lot of enquiries at the Executive Hire Show. Sustainability remains a key business driver, with customers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Contractors need appropriate solutions, such as hybrid machines, designed to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, and this, in turn, is creating demand from hirers.”

CPA Stars at Vertikal Days

CPA will present its annual Stars of the Future apprentice awards at Vertikal Days, the lifting and access equipment event taking place at Haydock Park on 15 and 16 June.
The competition, now in its fourth year, recognises talented youngsters on plant mechanic apprentice schemes in 11 colleges across the UK. They are judged not only on their technical ability, but also on their leadership and management skills. There are separate prizes for
Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices, with 22 regional winners, who will then be further assessed to identify the national winner at each level.
The Awards ceremony will be hosted by Luc Hamilton, brother of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who competes in the British Touring Car Championships. For more details about Vertikal Days, which will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, visit www.vertikaldays.net

Mobile Mini chooses Genquip

Mobile Mini, a hirer of portable accommodation and secure storage containers, which has 16 depots throughout the country, has bought a fleet of Groundhog GP360 Fusion mobile welfare units from Genquip. MD Chris Morgan said that the company had been impressed by the new technology incorporated into the Groundhogs, to give eco-friendly operation with reduced fuel usage, a lower carbon footprint and less noise pollution.
The GP360 Fusion is designed to accommodate up to six people and includes an integral generator with an automatic timer, toilet, LED lighting, microwave, kettle and heating.

More power for Hewden

Hewden has added 120 low-emission SDMO generators and ancillary equipment following a series of new contracts with customers working at industrial sites during planned shutdowns for maintenance.
The order comprises generators ranging from 20kVA to 200kVA, as well as mains distribution units, bunded fuel tanks, trailers and cables. Hewden states that the machines, which have Stage 3a compliant engines, will meet demand from users looking for equipment that enables them to meet environmental responsibilities such as emissions, noise and sustainability.

Kubota’s machinery milestone

Kubota UK has achieved the sale of its 50,000th excavator in the British and Irish market. The company, which sold the first crawler mounted mini, the KH10D, in 1979, has identified the landmark machine as a K008-3 micro excavator, was displayed in the reception area of the company’s headquarters in Thame, prior to being delivered to Hawes Plant and Tool Hire of High Wycombe, which has bought the machine.
Amongst a number of activities to celebrate the achievement, the manufacturer will be exhibiting the original KH10 at the Hillhead quarry plant and equipment exhibition in June, where it will be shown alongside a ‘special edition’ gold-painted KX-71 machine, considered to be a modern equivalent in terms of size and power. Kubota will then donate the gold mini to be auctioned by the Lighthouse Club construction industry charity.
• EHN’s June issue will contain our Hillhead Preview.

Fairfax places Euro Towers order

Fairfax Hire Centres of Selby has taken delivery of Euro Towers equipment in a deal said to be worth £40,000 which was placed at the Executive Hire Show.
Depot Manager Mark Allerton said, “We carried out a thorough comparison of the other tower on the market over the past year. We have bought an excellent, robust, well-designed product manufactured in Britain, which will be perfect for our busy hire fleet.”
Paul Ludlow added, “We have a long-established relationship with Fairfax Hire Centres and have been discussing various options. We offered a buy-back on some existing stock and will be repairing any damaged tower parts at our new facility in Northampton.”
At the Show, Fairfax also bought an FDW-550 drywall sander from Dart Tool Group. Mark Allerton said he was particularly impressed by the machine’s pivoting sanding head, variable speed range and overall balance.

New Era launches FuelDrum

New Era Oil has introduced a bigger version of its FuelBox red diesel container, to meet demand from the hire industry. Called the FuelDrum, it holds 200 litres of red diesel and can be supplied to customers with sites operating larger plant fleets. It was previewed on the company’s stand at the Executive Hire Show and, like the existing 20-litre capacity FuelBox, the diesel contains an additive to increase shelf life, improve combustion and extend engine life.
Director James Hunt says that the products provide users with a convenient source of red diesel, while hirers can be confident that clean fuel is being used in their equipment.

PSE launches electrical safety guide

A new Code of Practice on the electrical testing of portable and temporary welfare units has been developed by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) in partnership with testing equipment manufacturer, Seaward.
The new guide pays particular attention to the safety needs associated with hot wash facilities, welfare cabins and luxury trailer units, and describes procedures for inspection, testing and maintaining equipment.
It also includes advice on in-house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment. Seaward, which manufactures Clare testing instruments, has developed a range of dedicated packages for PSE.


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