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Shear class from Murray

Scots company Murray Plant has been named the world’s number one distributor by an American attachments manufacturer and has landed the sole UK distribution rights for OilQuick couplers.

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And it’s goodnight from him

The zoology graduate who went on to become the head of Scotland’s biggest multi-franchise plant dealership has gone off hire. Brian Young has taken retirement as planned three years after selling the business.

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Rail boost for SMEs

Network Rail is looking at ways to work more effectively with SMEs. A major customer for plant hirers and specialist equipment suppliers, it wants to spend 33% of annual expenditure with SMEs by 2022.

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Munro targets big contracts

The team affected by the withdrawal from Scotland of Morrison Infrastructure by parent company Galliford Try has moved to a new home as it operates under the Pat Munro umbrella.

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Aberdeen CMPE cashes in

North-east plant people were digging deep last Friday to raise cash for charity. A total of £2,675 was raised at the 55th annual dinner of Aberdeen Branch of the Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers.

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Ronnie Stuart 1935-2019

The funeral takes place today of Ronnie Stuart, the man who helped build a Glasgow company into the biggest plant hire organisation in Europe. At its peak it was running thousands of machines and had 23 subsidiaries.

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Lots to see at plant auction

Euro Auctions will hold a one-day ‘stock rotation’ sale in Inverness on December 7 for civil engineering contractor MGL in association with GAP Hire and Nixon Hire. And it's continuing to accept outside lots.

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£11m boost for Molson

Multi-franchise dealer Molson Group has been given an £11m boost to fuel further expansion. It will be used to develop sites and brands and to expand its waste management business.

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Groundworker’s 50% burns

A groundworks contractor has been fined £32,000 after an employee suffered multiple serious burns. A court heard workers digging post holes struck an 11kv electricity cable, engulfing the man in flames.

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Aberdeen CMPE gets sociable

North-east plant men will be raising cash for charity again next month when they gather for the biggest date in their social calendar. Last year they pulled in £1,000 for Alzheimer Scotland.

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