38 New CAT® Excavators For Blackwood Plant Hire

Tuesday, February 17 th, 2015

One of Scotland’s biggest plant hire firms, Blackwood Plant Hire, invested in 38 new Cat® excavators in 2014. The machines, supplied by Finning, were delivered in the final quarter due to sustained industry growth throughout the year.

Supplying key contractors such as Land Engineering Ltd., Raynesway, Carillion Civil Engineering, Scottish Water and Network Rail, the Kilmarnock based business is looking forward to continuing the upward curve in 2015. Blackwood has now expanded operations into England, with a large, loyal and diverse customer base throughout the north of the UK.

This diversity was shown in the models of excavators purchased from Finning, ranging from mini excavators for small construction projects, to large excavators ideal for big scale aggregate contracts (16 Cat 308Es, 7 Cat 312Es, 13 Cat 320ELs and 2 Cat 329ELs). Blackwood also made use of Finning’s Used Equipment Solutions, acquiring two used Cat 312ELs.

Paul McCormack, Sales Director at Blackwood Plant Hire, commented on the deal: “Customer requests for Caterpillar machinery, along with growth in demand within the industry were the main instigators for us to make this large scale investment from Finning. The machines are great value for money due to their reliability, fuel efficiency and functional specifications our contractors hold in such high regard.”

Paul also referenced Finning’s EM Solutions. “The excellent service support from Finning was also a key factor in our decision. With the FinCore® service agreement means that our machines will be inspected by in the field engineers every three months.

“We know the Cat excavators will be kept in optimum working condition, which gives us confidence that our customers will be satisfied with the machines’ performance. 2014 was a very positive year for us and our expectation is for 2015 to follow suit.”

Alistair Murdoch, Key Account Manger for Finning, added: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with such a key player in the Scottish plant sector. The Cat machines’ functional quality, alongside industry leading fuel efficiency are evident throughout the excavator range, and this goes hand in hand with the remote support services Finning offer.
“Blackwood Plant Hire’s service to its customers is exemplary, and we look forward to contributing to the future success and profitability of the firm in 2015.”