Bosses at Outreach Ltd had their heads in the clouds ... literally.
The arrival of a 70-metre platform marked the latest stage of a £1.25 million investment ensuring it is now Scotland’s largest independent hirer of truck-mounted access equipment.
Outreach, based at Middlefield Industrial Estate, has purchased three truck mounted aerial platforms, capable of working at heights up to 45 metres, 53 metres and 70 metres. The latter is the largest of its kind based in Scotland.
Gary Potts, sales and marketing managing director, took the 70-metre machine to get a bird’s eye view of the Grangemouth petro-chemical complex.
He said: “This latest substantial investment underlines our serious intent to grow our access division.
“Our experience over the past few years in this sector indicates there is a real customer demand to hire specialist machines based in Scotland rather than incur the extra costs and time to bring them up from down south.
“With this investment, we are confident that we can satisfy the widest demands from our base in central Scotland.”
The machines are hired for a wide variety of uses, including property maintenance and repairs, television and film production, major outdoor events and, increasingly, in the service and maintenance of onshore wind farms.
Outreach’s access division offers the hire, sale, servicing, repair and maintenance of equipment, as well as state-of-the-art testing and training facilities at its Central Scotland HQ.
Outreach currently employs over 60 people at its Falkirk base, operating across Scotland, the UK and, for some of its products, across the globe.
Last year, it took on its third apprentice in the space of 12 months.
Mr Potts added: “Like most employers, we are very much aware of the current economic climate and the long term structural barriers that stop many young people getting a job and starting their career.
“It’s a serious issue and we wanted to help in some small way, so we decided to restart our apprenticeship programme. These young apprentices have proven to be great assets to our company.
“Their thirst for knowledge is undeniable and their enthusiasm is infectious.”