Mercedes-Benz Vans smooth the way for Tripod Crest

When it comes to light commercial vehicles, road surface solutions specialist Tripod Crest likes to keep it in the Mercedes-Benz family.

The Northampton-based company runs a fleet of 100 vans, all but a handful of which wear three-pointed stars. The line-up includes examples from all three core model lines – Citan, Vito and Sprinter – which together comprise the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Vans range.

Supplied by Wellingborough Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van, most are panel vans and crew vans with second rows of seats. The majority of these vehicles have undergone conversion to welfare specification by Body & Trailer Services, also of Northampton, and provide a welcome refuge for Tripod Crest’s workers taking breaks while out on site.

The latest additions to the fleet include a 3.5-tonne Sprinter 313 CDI chassis cab with dropside body, also by Body & Trailer Services, which is now on general materials and tool carrying duties. It is the first time Tripod Crest has purchased a new dropsider, the company having preferred previously to buy pre-owned examples of this type of vehicle.

Other recent arrivals include another five Sprinter 313 CDI crew vans fitted out to Tripod Crest’s latest welfare specification. Each has two beds, a kitchen and storage area with sink and microwave oven, and a drying cupboard for wet clothes. In April the company took delivery of seven Citan 109 CDI small vans, for use primarily on tarmac sites.

All of these welfare vehicles are additionally equipped with air conditioning and night heaters, as well as extra ventilation, interior lighting and electrical points.

Tripod Crest maintains its commercial vehicles in-house – Workshop Manager Craig Baker is also responsible for specifying and ordering its vans. “Our lads can potentially be out on site all week, so we endeavour to make life as comfortable as possible for them,” he said.

“We choose Mercedes-Benz vans for their all-round quality and outstanding reliability, while the fuel economy is pretty good too – we’re getting up to 40 mpg from the Citans.

“Safety is another key priority, as we’re very aware of our Duty of Care obligations not only to our own employees, but also to other road users. We take great comfort, therefore, from knowing they’re equipped with a market-leading array of standard-fit active and passive features, to which we add cameras, proximity sensors and audible reversing warnings.”

Mr Baker added: “Intercounty Truck & Van’s sales service is very good, as is its aftercare back-up; although we maintain the vehicles in our own workshop, the dealer will make two parts deliveries per day if we need them, and will get them here very quickly if we’ve an urgent requirement.”

Established in 1982 as a supplier of skilled labour and machinery to the road surfacing industry, Tripod Crest Surfacing Solutions now operates on a nationwide basis, with operatives skilled at working on anything from motorways, trunk roads and airfields, to housing estate roads, private car parks and footpaths.

Tripod Crest Planing was established as a separate division in 1993 and operates a full range of machines, and in 2001 the Group acquired F&T Goodwin, a road contractor with an impeccable reputation built up over 40 years. Over the four years since, Tripod Crest has strengthened the former management team and retained the entire workforce, while the business has continued to trade under its previous name.


Sleator Plant Announces Compaction Roller Sales Contract

Northern Ireland-based Sleator Plant, a specialist capital equipment provider to the construction and material handling sectors, has announced a large capital equipment sale to McNicholas Construction Services.

Sleator Plant will supply six Terex® TV800 hydrostatic roller units to leading infrastructure services provider McNicholas Construction Services in the coming weeks. Hard-wearing, reliable and rental-tough, the rollers will be used in a variety of construction and engineering projects across Northern Ireland.

One of Northern Ireland’s largest hydrostatic roller contracts of the year so far, and Sleator Plant’s biggest-ever compaction equipment deal, the agreement demonstrates continued growth in the construction sector, alongside positive signs of a recovering economy. Jonathan Campbell, General Manager of Sleator Plant, commented: “Only a few months ago, we announced a record-breaking contract for the supply of 54 Terex site dumpers to a Northern Ireland-based hire company. To follow this up with our largest ever compaction roller deal is fantastic news!

“Over the past few years, we’ve worked closely with McNicholas Construction Services to deliver a regular supply of Terex site dumpers. The company has been so impressed with our product offering, support and aftersales service, we were one of the obvious choices when looking to specify new compaction equipment. Special thanks must be given to Brian Frizzell, one of our Sales Executives, who coordinated the agreement and will head up the equipment delivery and aftersales support going forwards.”

Paul Macpherson, Sales and Marketing Director of Terex Construction’s Coventry Facility, added: “We were delighted to learn of Sleator Plant’s recent win with McNicholas Construction Services. Adding another significant agreement to a whole host of other sales successes is testament to the dedication and commitment of the entire team.”


Ticco Foods Ltd. Proving the coolest on the road


Ticco Foods Ltd based in Colnbrook has just taken delivery of 15 new speciality Fiat Ducato LWB dual freezer/chiller vans, converted by Polar Vans of Westbury. Justin Seal, HTC Van Centre manager said “We are delighted that Ticco Foods have chosen the new Ducato. With ultra low running costs, terrific looks and the dual freezer and chiller compartments we feel they have the very best solution and look forward to a continued relationship with Ticco foods”.

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Northern Ireland transport firm seeks 60 drivers to tackle the Christmas rush

One of Northern Ireland’s biggest transport firms – Montgomery Transport – is recruiting 60 new drivers ahead of the Christmas rush.

The firm, which is part of Ballvesey Holdings, is looking for drivers for full loads, distribution and bulk tanks.

Montgomery Transport, which is based in Newtownabbey, said there was a growing shortage of HGV drivers – and that the driver dearth could hamper growth of the economy.

Stephen Marshall, director and general manager, said: “With the pick-up and delivery of Christmas stock due to kick in over the coming weeks, it’s a very busy time for Montgomery operations and these new positions will offer drivers the opportunity to launch a long and productive career in the logistical services sector.

“The road haulage industry is the lifeblood of any economy and the HGV driver shortage is a crisis which must be addressed immediately – or the wider economy will suffer greatly.”

He said Montgomery’s distribution arm typically delivered over 15,000 items a week, including consumer and pharmaceuticals.

It also moves around 1,500 full loads between the UK and Ireland every week, while over 300 bulk tankers carry liquid, powder and other items.

Montgomery Transport was founded in 1970, the first company in Ballyvesey Holdings’ transport and logistics division.

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