Glosrose will be responsible for the sales and aftermarket support for Volvo utility equipment across south London, Kent, East and West Sussex and Surrey. Equipment covered by the deal includes compact excavators up to 8.8 tonnes, compact wheeled loaders up to 1.0m³ capacity and backhoe loaders.
Established in 1975 marketing industrial forklift trucks, Glosrose Mechanical Handling is now headed by managing director Jake Butcher, the son of the founder. He took over in 2007, and is assisted by his uncle Russ Butcher who is in charge of service and parts support.
Glosrose is already a JLG dealer and the Volvo dealership is not its first move into general plant. Jake Butcher explained: “Our existing fork truck and access business has helped to open other opportunities in our traditional markets such as ports and harbours but also into the waste handling and recycling sector where we have sold various makes of loading shovels including Volvo machines.
“So we are already familiar with the quality and customer acceptance of the Volvo brand which was a strong driver for us to choose Volvo as we expand our product portfolio and offering to the market place. Equally we know and enjoy a good rapport with Volvo’s customer support personnel based at both Duxford and Horsham so we are confident of our decision moving forward.”
Left to right: Glosrose service director Russ Butcher, md Jake Butcher and Volvo regional manager Guy Adam seal the deal