Volvo CE appoints Glosrose Mechanical Handling Ltd as its new utility equipment dealer for South London and South East England.
- 16 August 2012
- Company & Industry News
Glosrose Mechanical Handling Ltd based at Hollingbourne near Maidstone in Kent, has been appointed as Volvo Construction Equipment's utility equipment dealer for South London, Kent, East and West Sussex and Surrey with immediate effect.
Established back in 1975 marketing industrial forklift trucks, Glosrose Mechanical Handling is now headed up by managing director and son of the founder - Jake Butcher. Jake who has worked his way up through the company from his early engineering apprenticeship took over the running of the company in 2007, ably assisted by his uncle Russ Butcher who is in charge of service and parts support.
The company will be responsible for the sales and after market support for the full range of Volvo utility equipment covering the south east of England to include South London, Kent, East and West Sussex and Surrey. This comprises of compact excavators from 1.5 to 8.8 tonnes; compact wheeled loaders up to 1.0m³ capacity as well as backhoe loaders.
"Adding the range of Volvo utility equipment portfolio fits in well with our already well-established and recognised fork truck sales and access divisions," comments Jake Butcher. "We have a team of dedicated engineers both mobile and home-based to provide a first class after sales service along with a dedicated sales team to promote the Volvo range."
And Glosrose Mechanical Handling's headquarters located just off of junction 8 of the M20 puts the company in an ideal position to service their sales territory, comprising of a comprehensive workshop and parts facility. All Glosrose's engineers are equipped with the latest technology including hand held pda's and vehicle tracking systems to assists in rapid response to customer calls.
Moving into general plant is not new for Glosrose however. "Our existing fork truck and access business has helped to open other opportunities in our traditional markets such as ports and harbours but also into the waste handling and recycling sector where we have sold various makes of loading shovels including Volvo machines," continues Jake. "So we are already familiar with the quality and customer acceptance of the Volvo brand which was a strong driver for us to choose Volvo as we expand our product portfolio and offering to the market place. Equally we know and enjoy a good rapport with Volvo's customer support personnel based at both Duxford and Horsham so we are confident of our decision moving forward."
The Volvo utility equipment range joins other franchises including Air Seal, JLG access platforms and a comprehensive list of complimentary equipment. Glosrose Mechanical Handling currently employs fifty personnel, thirty of which are engineers.
Commenting on the appointment Volvo's Director for Road and Utility Equipment, David Munns said, "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jake and his dedicated and experienced team into the world of Volvo. We will be working hard together to ensure that we maintain and enhance our position as a leading supplier in this extremely important area."