Premier Truck Hire has opened a brand-new body building facility at its base in Blaydon near Gateshead.
The new arm to the business, which already includes leasing, used truck sales, truck maintenance, short blasting and paintwork, began in June and has already built four bodies on brand new DAF trucks.
“We’ll build anything you want building,” said company director Martyn Tailford. “We expect to do mainly curtainsiders, box vans and dropsides, but we have a lot of experience in bin wagons, so really we can do anything. I think we will look to build this new part of the business up slowly and maybe get to around 10 bodies a month.”
Previously a showroom for an Isuzu pick-up truck franchise, the new Premier Truck Bodies workshop has undergone extensive renovations in order to accommodate the vehicles, including digging out more than a metre of concrete across the whole of the once-raised floor.
“We had a spare building and the choice was to either rent it out or do something to keep it in-house. We didn’t want to have to give away any more yard space, and we already get a good amount of business from the manufacturers, doing a lot of paintwork for them, so it seemed obvious to start doing bodies for them.”
Tailford added: “Now a truck can be bodied and can go straight into get its paint work. Also, if an operator comes to us and they need to hire something while their truck is in the shop, we can also arrange what too while it’s in for its works.”