WCL Quarries Continue Expansion Drive With Delivery of Three New Machines From Finlay Central

WCL Quarries Continue Expansion Drive With Delivery of Three New Machines From Finlay Central

A leading independent supplier of aggregates, waste and recycling services in the Midlands has taken delivery of three new Terex Finlay machines from Finlay Central at its new site in the region.

WCL Quarries has recently opened Ketley Quarry, a 55 acre quarry, based in Kingswinford.

This new site is the second location now run by WCL Quarries, who already operate Cranebrook Quarry in Staffordshire. The company is also due to open another site in the Midlands later this year.

The expansion at Ketley Quarry has seen WCL Quarries take on eleven new employees from across the local area, to support operations on the site.

This growth has created a greater business capacity, supported by investment in new equipment, infrastructure and ultimately the local area by creating opportunities for people and businesses to work with WCL Quarries.

In the long term, the company has also announced plans to rehabilitate the site, a move that will benefit the local community for generations to come. 

Already a valued customer with Finlay Central – part of the Finlay Group of companies – WCL Quarries already use Terex Finlay machines at Cranebrook Quarry.

To support the sustained growth of the Ketley Quarry site, the new additions to WCL Quarries’ fleet now include a Terex Finlay 883 Heavy Duty Screener, a 683 Supertrak three way split mobile screen and a J-1160 Jaw Crusher. All three machines have been supplied by Finlay Central.

The plant is being used to process ironstone and engineering clay, which is quarried on-site. The machines are also handling inert waste, of which 70 per cent is recycled to deliver products including single sized recycled aggregates and recycled Type 1 MOT material.

The introduction of the plant has enabled Ketley Quarry to reach output rates of 300 tonnes an hour.

The versatility of the machines also means Ketley Quarry can easily adapt their use from the recycling process to include normal quarrying activities as well.

First fed through the tracked 883 Reclaimer, stockpiles of 75mm, 40mm down and oversize product are created.

The oversized and middle grade materials are then sent for crushing to the J-1160, which incorporates a high performance 1000mm x 600mm Jaques jaw chamber and an advanced PLC control monitoring system, which facilitates an automatic start-up sequence, making the machine more user-friendly.

This material is reduced to 75mm down and fed through the Terex Finlay 683 inclined screen, which creates three stockpiles of crushed 75mm, 40mm and dust.

With a strong focus on service delivery and quality, WCL Quarries need the best plant on site to ensure they continue to meet their high standards.

Simon Winner, managing director of WCL Quarries, said: “We have a good relationship with Finlay Central and now have eight of their machines located across our two sites.

“WCL Quarries’ expansion to Ketley Quarry has been a successful set-up and we are very satisfied with the production of all three of the new Terex Finlay machines.

“A Finlay Central representative is also always on hand if needed with advice and support.

“Customers come to WCL Quarries because we know the industry they work in, and it’s this experience and partnership they value.

“The larger capacity and coverage we now have as a business means it is more important than ever for us to maintain and even improve the levels of service and expertise we provide to the people and businesses we work with on a daily basis.”
Key to WCL Quarries’ successful expansion has been the careful selection of plant and machinery equipment.

In the last few years, WCL Quarries has taken delivery of a total of three Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimers, two Terex Finlay 683 Supertracks, two Terex Finlay jaw crushers and a Terex Finlay 390 Hydrascreen.

 Working closely with Neil Bailey of Finlay Central, WCL Quarries has built up a fleet that has provided a platform for growth and flexibility across the business’s operations.

This has included some machines being purchased second hand and sometimes hired first to weigh up long term feasibility and sales of the material processed - a policy that mirrors the company’s desire to expand into new markets under a carefully controlled cost programme in the present climate.

Neil Bailey, sales engineer of Finlay Central, said: “We have focused on delivering the most competitive and economical processing solutions for WCL Quarries.

“We are delighted they have built up their fleet through our company and that they enjoy the reassurance of our comprehensive service and spares offering.

“We’ve worked closely to ensure every piece of machinery introduced delivers excellent value. For example, the three new machines at Ketley have been brought in under a set up that enables them to work separately, or together, for maximum productivity.

“It’s also important that the machines are flexible in their output.

“This means, that at Ketley, as well as Cranebrook, apart from aiding in the recycling processes, the machines can be used for normal quarrying too in exactly the same way, ensuring a double duty at the sites.”


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