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Molson in £6.3m expansion

Molson Construction Equipment has won £6.3m backing to support further expansion. It will use the finance to build a new national parts centre and more depots across the UK and further acquisitions are in the pipeline.

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AWPR digger hours ‘lethal’

A trade union has demanded an investigation into workers being offered “lethal” shifts on the Aberdeen bypass. One job was for a wheeled excavator operator to work up to 15 hours a day plus weekends.

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JCB in cab drive

JCB has started building the world’s most advanced cab factory. The 350,000 sq. ft facility will have capacity for around 100,000 cabs a year and include a computer-controlled production line and automated painting.

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Top of the world…again

Bruce Murray was taken by surprise – again – as he lifted the Rammer World Dealer of the Year Award for the second time in a row. He took the prize at last week’s dealer seminar in Helsinki.

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Young adds Bergmann

A further dealership has been added to the Young Plant Sales portfolio as it continues to develop under new owner Molson Group. It takes on the Bergmann 3000 and 4000 Series dumpers.

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Bobcats hit the road

The latest Bobcat machines will roll into West Lothian next month when dealer John H McNae hosts the final leg of a UK-wide roadshow. Compact tracked loaders and a new mini will lead the line-up.

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Tunnel fight continues

The long-running multi-million pound legal battle over the collapse of a hydro scheme tunnel is to continue in the UK Supreme Court. SSE Generation recently was recently awarded more than £100m in compensation.

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Kubota takes Hart

David Hart has left John Deere after 28 years to become managing director at Kubota (UK). He succeeds David Roberts who left in February to become chief executive officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK).

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Adam Bruce sells AB2000

AB2000, Scotland’s biggest hirer of operated plant, has been sold in a multi-million pound deal to rail plant company Quattro Group. John Murphy of Quattro described the acquisition as “a natural partnership”.

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Lighthouse at the races

Nearly 150 members and guests of the West of Scotland Branch of industry charity The Lighthouse Club were out in force at Hamilton Park Racecourse last week for the annual race night.

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