Both Laois Hire and Hinch Plant Hire are two well-known and respected brand names within the construction industry.
The two companies, originating from neighboring towns in county Laois, complimented each other so well that a joint partnership was an obvious route.
Laois Hire was established over 25 years ago and is now the leading plant and tool hire company in Ireland. The Laois Hire Group provides a comprehensive range of services and has ten different specialist divisions in the group including, plant and tool hire, pumps division, site services, VMS division, traffic management divisions, portaloo division, and numerous agencies.
Hinch Plant Hire Ltd was established in 1968 and operates from its main premises in Mountmellick, Co. Laois. The company is run by Trevor Hinch and is mainly a plant hire and civil contracting company but it is also involved in quarrying, on-site crushing, road haulage and site development among others.
THE JOINT VENTURE
Michael Killeen, MD for Laois Hire / HSS Hire Group explains, “Our teams on the ground are constantly getting requests from our vast customer base to supply heavy earthmoving plant. We get in early to construction sites with things like portaloos, portacabins and temporary fencing and as a lot of customers now want a one-stop supplier, they will look for us to supply the heavy plant. To fulfill the demand we realised we could only give the high standard of service required by partnering with a highly reputable firm like Hinch Hire.”
“Our clients have the need for both heavy plant and smaller plant and tools,” says Trevor. “We were being asked to supply smaller equipment that we didn’t have and were passing on the business contacts to Laois Hire. They were being asked for bigger equipment that they were passing on to us at Hinch Plant. So it made sense to form a partnership with each of us offering our clients a much needed all around service.”
THE START OF SOMETHING BIG
“We have known each other for years and have a great working relationship,” says Killeen, “and it has added an extra level to the service for us. We have a great sales team on the ground and it gives us another great service and offering for customers, adding another dimension to our business and theirs. Customers will have the convenience of a one-stop shop for all their plant hire needs when dealing with Laois Hire or Hinch Hire. “It will also open up a new direction for the company and be a great way to build new business”, says Michael Killeen
“With both companies being in contact for so long and with a great trading relationship between the people behind the businesses we are confident that this is a move in the right direction,” says Hinch.
With the Irish construction market showing great signs of recovery and more house-building and infrastructure projects coming on line as well as good business to be found in the utilities sector the time looks opportune for the Laois Hire/Hinch partnership.