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A-Plant on the march in Scotland

13 Nov 15 Tool hire group A-Plant is targeting expansion in Scotland with new locations for its lifting gear and utilities divisions.

Lifting gear in a new FLG depot
Lifting gear in a new FLG depot

FLG Services and PSS Hire are also opening a shared location in Inverness that will also incorporate A-Plant Lux traffic control and management.

A-Plant describes PSS Hire as the UK and Ireland’s leading utilities and pipeline equipment provider. It has expanded in Scotland through acquisition and organic growth having taken over East Coast Construction Services (ECCS) and Hy-Ram Engineering (Scotland). Both businesses have now been integrated into the PSS Hire network and a new 10,000 sqare foot service centre has been opened in Bathgate, near Edinburgh.

FLG is experiencing similar growth in Scotland, A-Plant says, with new locations in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

PSS Hire director Mark Hamilton said: “Scotland was identified as a key area for expansion, as we have secured a number of contracts and our increased network coverage allows us to service these contracts effectively. For instance, we’ve recently secured a five year framework agreement with Scottish Water which runs until 2020. To service this contract and several others, we’ve invested £3.5m in new equipment from several leading suppliers, including electro-fusion equipment, coiled pipe trailers, pipe-bursting equipment, butt fusion products and underground winch systems. We can now offer our customers the full product range for the gas, water, electric and civil engineering sectors.”

FLG Services director Jeff Hudson said that his operation was also “undergoing rapid expansion in Scotland to increase our national coverage”.

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