Plant hire firm strikes £17m deal for new fleets of vehicles

From left: Yvette Henshall-Bell, Graham Jones and Paul Hartshorn

St Helens-based Plant Hire UK has struck a deal with JCB for new fleets of loadalls and compact excavators worth almost £17m.

The deal will see the hirer strengthen its construction machinery line-up by purchasing 300 new JCB loadalls and 50 compact excavators, along with site dumpers and tandem rollers.

The new machines will be put to work by contractors on construction and civil engineering projects across the country and will add to Plant Hire UK’s vast fleet of JCB machines.

Graham Jones, Plant Hire UK managing director, said: “As the construction sector goes from strength to strength this investment in new JCB loadalls and compact midi excavators ensures our customers are guaranteed the highest specification machines with outstanding safety features and telematics support as standard.”

JCB Group managing director of global key accounts, Yvette Henshall-Bell, said: “Plant Hire UK has a reputation for delivering the best machines and market-leading service, which perfectly complements the JCB ethos.

“As the world’s number one telescopic handler, the loadall has a proven track record that construction firms trust implicitly, while our compact excavators are hard-working on-site machines.”

The machines are supplied and supported by Gunn JCB.

Managing director Paul Hartshorn said: “Plant Hire UK is one of our largest and most successful customers.

“Gunn JCB depots are perfectly located to support the ever-growing number of machines as Plant Hire UK has continued to invest in its fleet.”

Plant Hire UK was founded in 2005 by Graham Jones and finance director Wayne Illidge.

Based in St Helens it has a national customer base, hiring, maintaining and servicing thousands of machines on sites across the UK.