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05May94 UK: HOW IT ALL STARTED - STRICKLAND.

Peter Strickland took over the running of the company when he was just 17 years old, following the death of his father in 1965. By 1969 he had decided to concentrate on the track market only, buying up the old business of Tractor Spares.At that time the company had a turnover of around £50,000. Within a couple of years the firm was achieving that sort of turnover every month.In the 1970s Strickland expanded with depots in the East and North-West of England, followed by other outlets in the North-East and in Scotland in the 1980s.Mr Strickland says: 'We started not from a dealer mentality but from a repair shop approach.' And that meant not just carrying a few spares to get people out of trouble, but having all of the parts to complete the job.Today, Strickland keeps more than 15,000 undercarriage parts worth around £3 million in its warehouse, and has a busy remanufacturing shop repairing rollers, idlers and sprockets for resale. And the company has eight regional service centres and sub dealers around the UK to carry out track repairs. CONSTRUCTION NEWS