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Jobs boost as Balloo Hire grows

Balloo Hire is creating 20 new jobs as part of a £10m investment across its five sites throughout Northern Ireland. The company, which has sites in Belfast, Bangor, Ballyclare, Lisburn and Glenavy, also plans to expand the range of machinery in its fleet. General Manager Mark Grundy said, “We have experienced significant

growth in the construction industry, which is still in recovery from the recession. This has resulted in the company winning new contracts across a broad range of markets. Northern Ireland has a burgeoning events and entertainment sector which has also increased demand.” He added that Balloo Hire is looking at expanding into other markets throughout Ireland and the UK.

Tiger drives forward

Established as an offshoot hire business from a construction company in late 2016, Tiger Plant in Swindon reports it is steadily expanding.

It has added 22 new machines to the fleet this year and has appointed Kenny Richards as Operations Manager to target larger contractors. “We initially worked out of a temporary yard tucked away on farmland and

our first Kubota and Case excavators were bought to help with our own property development work,” said Directors Andy Rohrer, pictured right, and Stuart Morgan. “People started asking about hiring the machines and we realised there was demand for new, high-spec equipment. We are working towards ISO 9001 certification and will be taking on a new apprentice.”

Elvington Plant Hire expands its reach

York-based Elvington Plant Hire is expanding its powered access offering with the addition of its first rough terrain boom lift, a Genie Z-45/25JRT. The company introduced such machinery to its fleet in 2015, after buying some Genie GS-1932 electric scissor lifts and a Hinowa 17.75 Lightlift tracked boom from dealer APS (Access Platform Sales). MD Tim Garland said, “We supply a lot of

plant out of York towards Selby and Leeds. We noticed that as our wagons were heading west down the A64, we would see trailers full of access platforms heading in the opposite direction towards York.”

Finning at the Ready

Caterpillar dealer, Finning, has expanded its Ready2Go initiative designed to enable hirers to obtain up to six machines from 0.9 to 8 tonnes quickly, by opening dedicated stores with showrooms at strategic locations. The outlets are in Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds and Winsford, with the flagship site in

Cannock (pictured) also incorporating a hands-on demonstration facility. Machines available include the 300.9, 301.4C, 301.7D CR, 302.7D CR, 305E CR and 308E CR excavators, amongst other equipment, and they can be taken away from stock. Finning says the initiative aims to make CAT machines available, accessible and affordable.

Each comes with add-ons such as telemetry and tracking, plus a two-year servicing package. Flexible finance is also offered.

4 Plantworx moves to Peterborough

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced that its biennial Plantworx plant and equipment exhibition will be held on 11 to 13 June 2019 at a new venue, the East of England Showground in Peterborough. The event will also incorporate a new exhibition, Railworx,

for the rail industry. The organiser says this reflects the growing importance of railway infrastructure projects to the UK construction industry, such as HS2, Crossrail 2 and ongoing Network Rail investment. Speaking at a press conference to officially launch the

exhibitions, CEA Chief Executive Rob Oliver said the new venue benefited from permanent walkways, and efficient Wi-Fi and mobile phone networks. This would offer improvements over conditions at the 2017 event at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground near Market Harborough which experienced extreme weather conditions. Show Director Simon Frere-Cook said the new site offered 53% more space and a purpose-built indoor arena. JCB Director and CEA Honorary President

David Bell said, “There is always supporting infrastructure that requires more general construction machines. This is especially true with HS2, where its success is totally dependent on bringing together the supporting residential, commercial and high-tech building networks around the station complexes.”

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