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GAP boss up for award

Iain Anderson, one of the two brothers who run GAP Hire Solutions, has been shortlisted for a top business award. He is one of four contesting the Family Business category in the Institute of Directors scheme.

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Plans in for wind extension

Long-term work for plant hirers and earthworks contractors could be up for grabs if approval is given for a huge extension to a south Scotland wind farm. The site straddles Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire.

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Site workers in safety drive

Construction workers in the Highlands are being given “crucial” training this week to help protect them from road accidents on their commute to work. Around 120 staff and apprentices are attending an event in Inverness.

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Busy summer for rail plant

Rail plant suppliers are set for a busy summer with a series of closures planned to allow Network Rail to double the track between Dyce and Inverurie and carry out bridge upgrades.

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Driver died in power line strike

A company has been fined £400,000 after a driver died when his truck-mounted grab struck a power line. The site manager had identified the risk from OHPLs in risk assessments but failed to implement measures.

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Molson buys Finlay Scotland

Molson Group’s big push into Scotland has gained momentum with the acquisition this week of materials processing equipment specialist Finlay Scotland. It’s the final piece in the jigsaw for Terex Finlay distribution rights.

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Dealer sacked after 46 years

A Scottish plant company that was stripped of its Manitou dealership after 46 years is getting back up to full speed after winning three new franchises. The company learned by email that it had been sacked.

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Bell woos Scots customers

Truck manufacturer Bell Equipment is getting closer to customers in Scotland by bringing its support division in-house and strengthening its contacts team. The move is designed to personalise service north of the border.

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Scottish sales down 6%

Sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in Scotland fell by nearly 6% in 2018 while the UK figure grew by 2%. Excavators over 10 tonnes showed strongest growth while telehandlers slumped.

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JCB and Manitou in legal row

Manitou has been ordered by a French court to stop production of telehandlers featuring a patented JCB productivity device. It has appealed and said the ruling applies to models that have been discontinued.

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