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Buckhurst boss buys Takeuchi pioneer

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By Mike Travers

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The boss of Buckhurst Plant Hire has bought the dealer that introduced Takeuchi excavators to Scotland.

Turriff company JMS Equipment, headed by Jim and Janice Milligan (pictured), pioneered the Japanese brand 14 years ago and has since sold more than 750 machines across the Highlands and Islands territory.

The JMS name is retained and the dealership will operate alongside Buckhurst Plant Hire’s Aberdeen depot at Bridge of Don. Managing director Iain Riddoch, who is leading the venture with Buckhurst chairman John Walsh, said: “JMS Equipment is a strong regional dealership and this new Scottish venture aims to continue that success.”

Chris Bushell, Takeuchi UK sales manager who appointed JMS in 2006, said: “Jim and Janice and the team at JMS have been the perfect dealer, a regular winner of Dealer of the Year, who helped Takeuchi understand the nuances of the Scottish plant industry.

“Their efforts in promoting the Takeuchi brand have been outstanding, successfully converting customers to using a Takeuchi for the first time and selling our machines in the most remote locations.”

The couple will continue to run the local plant hire and used equipment side of the business from Turriff.

New owner John Walsh also owns D&J Machinery, the Takeuchi dealer for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, and Buckhurst runs a number of the excavators in its hire fleet.

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 11/9/2020