Falkirk firm spending money to save it

Lomond Plant Hire has invested �6 million in new JCB machines
Lomond Plant Hire has invested �6 million in new JCB machines

A firm is spending cash to purchase new heavy plant in the hope it will cut fuel costs as well as help it expand.

Lomond Plant Hire has invested over £6 million in a new fleet of JCB machines – including some of the first new-generation midi excavators to roll off the production line.

The family firm, based at Bankside in Falkirk, has taken delivery of 45 new machines. Many of them will be based at its new depot in St Helen’s, Merseyside, serving customers around the north west of England.

Ross Easton, joint managing director, said: “The feedback on the new midi excavators in particular has been exceptional. Operators have contacted me to say how impressed they are.

“They are more powerful, more responsive, easier to service, visibility is improved and the difference in fuel efficiency is massive. One customer believes he is saving as much as 40 per cent in fuel getting up to four days work out of a full tank.”

Highlighting the decision to invest so heavily, he added: “We have made this significant fleet investment to capitalise on the buoyancy in the construction market and expand our business into the north of England. We already have a strong customer base and the new depots will enable us to support them strongly with the latest equipment.

“What sets our business apart from the competition is the high level of service we offer. The unrivalled support from our dealer Scot JCB enables us to deliver it.”

Founded in 1988 by Ross’s mother Sandra, Lomond Plant Hire employs more than 110 people and provides general plant services, both operated and self-drive, to the construction industry.

Customers include local authorities and major contractors.