MORRIS Leslie Plant Hire has stepped up expansion plans with the acquisition of Surrey-based Chertsey Plant Hire.
The move follows the purchase of four Hewden sites last year, which increased Morris Leslie’s national network to 13 depots. The company, which principally hires telehandlers, excavators, dumpers, rollers and access equipment, revealed it’s fleet has grown from 500 to 5000 units in just five years.
Morris Leslie MD Graham Ogilvie said, “We are delighted with the purchase as Chertsey are a long established and well-respected industry name. The move consolidates our position as one of the leading hirers in the country, expanding the core fleet by a further 500 assets, 250 of which are telehandlers, and adds another great location to our national footprint. Chertsey’s fleet is younger than industry norms but over the coming months there are plans to further refresh their fleet in line with our overall profile which sees an average age of below two years.”
Chertsey MD Gary Balle added, “I am relishing the opportunity to work with the new management and pleased to see that Morris Leslie already have an investment plan in place to replace and expand our fleet. We are confident that this will enhance our existing high-quality fleet and Morris Leslie’s larger infrastructure will allow us to support our customer’s nationally.”