Ford & Slater starts work on new £1.7m Coventry site
Word has reached the office of the used truck guru that the redevelopment project, expected to take 34 weeks to finish, is costing £1.7m.
The plan is to redevelop the 3.25-acre site into a dealership that embodies the 'one stop shop' concept and 'provide efficient services and facilities for the benefit of both our customers and staff, with the convenience of a location that suits the 24/7 nature of our customers businesses and our operation', says the company.
Onsite will be a 700sqm workshop, full-length pits to accommodate articulated vehicles, tachograph calibration and brake testing.
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Bernard Matthews takes first Volvo trucks
The Norfolk-based Bernard Matthews Farms used to be a predominantly DAF fleet, but is now running its first Volvos after slowly introducing other models as replacements.
Jeff Helmore, transport manager, says: "We had a few mechanical problems with the DAFs, and when they switched to AdBlue we decided to go for EGR trucks and chose Scanias. Their prices have gone up, so we went to Volvo for our first experience of AdBlue."
Helmore continues: "They [the Volvos] are just starting to settle down and we're roughly seeing 7.5mpg, which for the work we do on backroads and farms is OK. We have noticed that when they do less bird work and more refrigerated they creep up to about 9mpg."
The new FM 420 6x2 tractors, which have been specified with I-Shift automatic gearboxes, join a fleet consisting of 40 tractors and 80 trailers.