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Mulholland fills top hire post

A West Lothian plant boss has been elected chairman of the Construction Plant-hire Association. Steven Mulholland, the founder of Mulholland Plant Services, steps up from vice-chairman.

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17-year-old gets 220X

A 17-year-old operator has been given a £100,000 excavator to develop his skills. Blair Hughes works for Glasgow-based Clearwater Group and has been given responsibility for a new JCB 220X, one of the first in Scotland.

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What am I bid?

Bids are expected from around the world when auctioneer Ritchie Bros. holds its first-ever auction in Scotland next week. More than 250 items of equipment and trucks will be available.

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Highland boost for hirers

Plant hirers, quarry firms and haulage companies in the Highlands are in line for a windfall if a £158m wind farm gets the go-ahead. Simec Energy wants to build a 39-turbine scheme.

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‘Game changer’ waste site

The UK’s largest recycling plant for construction and demolition waste has opened in Livingston in what is described as “a game changer” for the industry. It can recycle 400,000 tonnes a year.

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AWPR section opens

A seven-mile section of the Aberdeen Bypass project will be fully open to traffic tomorrow (Wednesday). And a 1.1m contract has been awarded for ground investigations on a five-mile stretch of the A9 dualling.

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It’s grim up north

New workload statistics make “grim reading” for Scotland’s civil engineering contractors. Workloads reduced for a third consecutive quarter, tipping the sector into recession says the industry's trade body.

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Making the earth move

Perth contractor I&H Brown has started a major earthworks contract involving millions of cub. metres to pave the way for 3,000 houses on the former Blindwells opencast coal site.

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Terex days are numbered…

The last Terex-branded rigid truck will come off the Motherwell production line next month as Volvo CE continues to stamp its identity on the famous vehicles. It marks the end of a 68-year history.

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SCG employee killed

A 47-year-old employee of quarry equipment company SCG Supplies was crushed to death this week as he demonstrated a machine. Andrew Darling was showing the crusher to Neil Williams Group – his former employer.

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