HUNTLEY Plant have identified that their customers in Scotland and the North of England have a demand for a wide variety of telehandlers for specific handling duties.
Applications range from steel erecting to industrial and from general construction to infrastructure projects such as oil and gas. The Manitou range of telehandlers has great appeal thanks to a comprehensive selection of machinery with lift heights from six to 30 metre rotational and heavy lift models with load capacities up to 22 tonnes.
Stephen Huntley, Director of Huntley Plant, appreciates the quality of Manitou but says his first experience with the firm was with powered access platforms rather than telehandlers.
“We purchased ten articulated boom platforms in 2006 and they have proved to be an excellent investment. It was the catalyst for our company to purchase additional Manitou powered access platforms for our hire fleet and we now have over 40 ATJ’s.”
Since the beginning of the year Huntley have purchased in excess of 20 telehandlers and platforms from local Manitou dealer, Lloyd Limited of Throckley, near Newcastle.
Stephen (pictured above) heads up the family business which was started by his father Geoff in 1989. The early days saw the hire fleet consisting of power tools, containers and site accommodation as well as Manitou rough terrain forklifts. Geoff quickly rationalised the hire equipment to suit growing customer demands.
Today Huntley Plant is recognised as a significant player in specialist lifting, powered access and telehandler hire. The last few years has seen the business grow by 30% per year.
Huntley’s may well look to expand their presence in the North of England and further into Scotland but they will never lose touch with the basics of the business. Despite Geoff Huntley’s many years in plant machinery he still gets excited about a well designed machine which appeals to his engineering background and he highly rates the Manitou compact MT625 and the heavy lift MHT10120L as sure-fire winners!