Pelican Engineering closing in on 100 years

If you like history then you’ll want to have a look at the history of West Yorkshire-based family-run Pelican Engineering.

It is now in its 93rd year, the company is now run by its third generation. The company was originally started by Ernest Crump following his de-mob from the army in 1919. His son Bob joined the company in 1952, after his national service was completed. In 1996 Bob decided to settle for an easier life and handed over control to his son Richard “who presently manages the company”.

During this time the company has been associated with Gardner oil engines, Foden, Ministry of Defence during the World War II, Cummins, Caterpillar, Seddon Atkinson, Daf Trucks, Hino Trucks, MAN, Deutz, Kubota, RASCO, Dulevo and BMC buses.

Quite a list. Seven years should be enough time to sort out a centennial celebration no one will forget.

Malcolm Harrison Auctions to sell Andrews Haulage fleet

Malcolm Harrison Auctions will sell off the 30-strong fleet from Derbyshire-based Andrews Haulage after it announced it is to close.  

“The banks have worn us out,” said managing director of the haulier Stuart Andrew, who blamed the price of fuel and the banks unwillingness to lend for the closure of the business. “Even though we’re a high profit company it became very difficult to cover our costs.”

It is looking to sell all of its vehicles, including a predominately Scania fleet of tractor unit, flatbed trucks, forklift trucks and crane-fitted vehicles, in an auction at its base near Measham in Derbyshire on 27 October.