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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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Operators go off the rails

Operators are quitting the rail plant business to move to other sectors such as civil engineering as bosses admit fears over the long-term viability of the industry.

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Civils work boost but . . .

Civil engineering workloads in Scotland are recovering after two years of decline. The Civil Engineering Contractors Association says order books improved for the first time since 2017. But there's a warning.

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Site clean-up in capital

Seven acres of brownfield land are to be cleaned up to pave the way for the multi-million pound regeneration of the Fountainbridge neighbourhood in Edinburgh.

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A change is on the cards

The new organisation set up to reshape the operator card system is coming to Scotland next month as it continues to seek support from owners and operators for plans to revolutionise operator training and licensing.

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Jailed for digger death

The director of a Glasgow building business has been jailed for 10 months after a site worker was crushed by an excavator bucket. Employee Nicholas Hall was pinned against the wall of an excavation pit.

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