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It’s all in the Wrist

A lifelong love of diggers and a desire to start his own business led Alan Gow to purchase his first machine – a used...

Hyundai sets sail for harbour work

AN Isle of Bute-based boat builder has recently completed work on a canal dredger custom fitted with a 22-tonne Hyundai excavator, which is now...

Getting to know…Adam Bruce

ADAM Bruce, managing director of AB2000, founded the plant hire company back in 1995. Despite vowing at the time to have a fleet of...

Empteezy does it

Livingston-based spillage containment firm Empteezy recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Project Plant’s Fraser Rummens met with founder Bruce Wishart to discuss the history of...

Handle with care

AIRDRIE-based plant equipment supplier, A. T. Best Handlers, is the specialist dealer for Manitou in the west of Scotland. The business is run by father...

Getting to know… John McGrath

John McGrath recently retired from his role as senior lecturer in plant mechanics at Glasgow Kelvin College. John, who’s also chairman of the Glasgow branch...

Where Eagle dares

When many plant hire firms decided to scale back on investment during the recession, Eagle Plant adopted a different approach by seizing the opportunity...

Firms must consider a future of sustainable construction

David Kinloch, business development executive at CDE Global, discusses new ways to approach construction waste and recycling restrictions COUNCILS all over the UK are becoming...

The sound of success

Mark Williamson, sales and marketing director at PH Media Group, looks at how plant hire firms can harness the power of on-hold marketing to...

A moment to ‘Take’ in 20 years of progress

Takeuchi UK has come a long way since establishing a home in Rochdale, Lancashire in 1996. Gary Moug reports on how the firm has become a...

Getting to know…Stephen Grieve

NINE years ago Stephen Grieve sold his car for £5000 and invested the money in spare parts for the construction industry. The rest, as...

Kubota enjoys last laugh with historic milestone

When mini-excavators were first introduced to the British market in the 1970s, some scoffed at the concept. As Kubota celebrates its 50,000th excavator sale...

Getting to know…

THERE'S not much Peter Yarwood hasn’t seen in over four  decades in the plant industry. From his early days in the family business to taking...

Getting to know Alistair Hodge

Alistair Hodge founded Hodge Plant 30 years ago with just one machine. Today the business has a substantial fleet of premium equipment for sale...

Patience pays off for Lomond Plant

Lomond Plant has taken huge strides since being founded in 1988. The firm was significantly impacted by the recession but is back on track...

Breaking new ground: a year with 71 Engineer Regiment

71 Engineer Regiment is made up of three Squadrons including Paisley-based 102 Field Squadron, which specialises in construction plant and combat infrastructure. They’ve had a...

New blood vital to the SPOA

Jim Houstoun, Past President of  the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA), currently involved with training for members, explains why the organisation remains in robust...

“People will put their money where it makes sense”

ACCORDING to Andy Black, founder of Relentless Plant Services, breakers now make up about 40% of the flourishing firm's business. This is partly due to...

Getting to know…Gordon Cameron

Gordon Cameron has been involved in the plant industry for many years now, working his way up to become managing director of Hardox Wearparts...

No job too big or small

Gary Moug reports on the Glasgow firm making waves in the hydraulic problem-solving industry.  TWO years ago, Annabel Allam and Craig Pottie took the bold...

“Price alone should not be king”

Brian Young has been managing director of Young Plant Sales for over 20 years. Based in the outskirts of Doune, Stirlingshire, the business was...

The components that make the wheels turn

Graham Bow, committee member of the Scottish Plant Owners Association, takes a look at some of the changes within the plant industry in recent...

Windswept and interesting

A windswept Livingston industrial estate on a cold Tuesday morning might not be everyone's idea of a dream destination. But for Worsley Plant managing director...

Big money deals secured at record-breaking Plantworx

ALMOST 350 exhibitors attended Plantworx 2015, with many of the biggest names in the construction equipment industry in top form. The likes of JCB, Volvo,...

Miller time

AFTER purchasing a machine to carry out drainage on their family farm in rural Aberdeenshire in the 1960s, the Miller family began completing contracts...

Callum Hammers home the message

CALLUM Mackintosh, owner of Highland Hammer Hire, is aiming to become THE one-stop destination for attachments in the north of Scotland. It may seem like...

New SPOA President wants to “better the intake” into Scottish plant industry

Fraser Dykes is the new President of the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA). His day job is running Dumfries-based heavy equipment contractors AMD Contract...

The right side of the tracks

AFTER joining his father's drainage company as a machine operator straight from school, Gareth McLaughlin is now Sales Manager for Kilwinning-based Kattrak International Limited. Specialising...

Getting to know… Darren Gilmour

Darren Gilmour started his career with the Malcolm Group as a trainee plant operator in 1994. Today he's Director of Plant at the firm....

Live, Move and Fight: life in the Army Reserves Plant Division

HAVING started as a private soldier in the Army Reserves in 1994, Dave Hanley, now Capt. Dave Hanley, has managed to turn his beloved...
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