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Kilmarnock firm in £2.5m JCB deal

25 Nov 14 Kilmarnock-based Blackwood Plant Hire has bought 35 new JCB models worth nearly £2.5m.

One of Blackwood's new JCB excavators
One of Blackwood's new JCB excavators

Included in the deal are tracked excavators ranging from 13 to 36 tonnes, 3CX backhoe loaders, articulated dump trucks and Loadall telescopic handlers.

The 35 new machines join a fleet at Blackwood Plant Hire of 200 machines – which is two-thirds JCB. The company has now bought 80 JCB machines in the past 12 months.

Several of the latest arrivals have already been put to work on the gas pipeline installation project on the M8 motorway in Glasgow on behalf of J Murphy & Son.

Blackwood Plant Hire sales director Paul McCormack said: “We continue to choose JCB machines for the performance and ease of use which proves popular with our customers. The JCB LiveLink system is also a useful fleet management tool as we are able to easily stay on top of our machines’ service requirements. In addition it provides the ability to monitor machine activity with alerts flagging up when a machine has been off hired or stood down – enabling us to check if the customer is actually operating the machine.”

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