Ainscough Crane Hire has added a new depot to its UK network just a week after it bought Laing O’Rourke’s mobile cranes fleet.
The crane hire giant said it had now opened a new depot in Ipswich, the company’s 32nd across the UK.
The news comes just a week after it bought 11 mobile cranes from Laing O’Rourke’s Select Plant arm.
Laing O’Rourke said the reason behind the sale was to improve the efficiency and productivity of its operations.
The deal will see a number of staff transfer to Ainscough from Laing O’Rourke.
The new depot will serve Essex, Sussex and Norfolk and comes as a result of a rise in orders coming from oil and gas, energy and ports sectors.
The depot will open with six cranes with a view to growing the number in the first year.
Ainscough Crane Hire operations director for the South East Anna Kingan said: “The new depot will reduce travel times for our cranes meaning our customers will benefit from us being able to prolong the time we can operate on their sites expanding our serviceable area deeper into Suffolk and Norfolk.
“The cranes which will be based at the new depot, are drawn from the existing fleet, as this expansion has been factored in to vehicle requirements for some time.
“There is significant demand for our expertise in the region from customers which see the professionalism of their own operations reflected in our procedures.
“The opening marks a key milestone in the company’s growth strategy and we look forward to being a part of the local business community for a long time.”