Econ Engineering, a Yorkshire-based gritter manufacturer, has invested £1.3 million to launch a new company to service gritters and other vehicles in Scotland.
With an initial workforce of six specialist staff, Econ Scotland plans to make further new appointments over the coming months.
The new venture will be based out of a new purpose-built service hub in Alloa, near Stirling, from where the team will service winter maintenance and road repair vehicles for councils and contractors.
A fleet of 117 Econ winter maintenance vehicles has been deployed on a hire basis to 14 Scottish councils and two major trunk road contractors this autumn in preparation for the winter weather conditions ahead.
Econ’s new Scottish operation will ensure its team of skilled mobile engineers are on hand to service and repair vehicles with minimum down time.
“We are firmly committed to Scotland, which already accounts for over 30 per cent of Econ’s turnover, and with the launch of our Alloa operation we will be able to provide even better service levels and rapid turnaround times for our Scottish customers,” said Econ Operations Director Jonathon Lupton.
“This £1.3 million investment in the new business and our state-of-the-art depot is a huge deal for us as a family-owned firm and signals the importance of Scotland to us as a business.”