Cranes take firm to new heights

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A self-drive and commercial vehicle hire firm has bolstered its operation in Huthwaite with an investment of more than £600,000.

Maun Motors, based in Common Road, has purchased 24 HMF truck-mounted cranes over the past six months.

Said Maun Motors proprietor Derek Kennedy: “I started buying HMF cranes back in the mid-1980s and have never looked back. A number of our lads have been on HMF training courses and I have also been out to the factory in Denmark several times, so our relationship with the manufacturer is very good.”

Mr Kennedy’s son Andrew Kennedy, It and Marketing manager for the firm, said they had also invested in 10 new fuel-efficient trucks, to the which the cranes can be mounted.

“We are constantly looking to upgrade our fleet.

“We think that the investments we’ve made are going to be attractive to new customers but also beneficial to existing customers. It means they will be able to do their work hopefully more quickly and cheaply, given the recent rises in the cost of fuel.”

The high-tech cranes have a host of safety features and are fully radio-controlled.

Mr Kennedy founded his business nearly 40 years ago in Blackwell, Alfreton.

The self-drive hire and contract rental specialist operates a fleet of 900 vehicles, half of them trucks of which 185 are equipped with hydraulic loaders.

Maun Motors numbers major utility and power generating companies among its regular customers.