Ryder relocates to new premises in Northampton

Ryder has moved to a new site in Northampton following significant increases in demand for its truck and trailer rental, contract hire and vehicle maintenance services in the area.

The company, which has been in the town for more than ten years, has relocated to a larger facility in the Swan Valley.

Ryder recently ordered more than 300 Euro-6 tractors units as well as a large number of purpose-built refrigerated trailers which it hopes will be snapped up by food distribution businesses in the East Midlands.

Bruce Howard, Ryder’s operations director said commercial vehicle rental - short term, long term or fixed term contract hire - is now proving to be the method of choice for an increasing number of businesses of all sizes. 

He added: “The increased volume of enquires we’ve received across the East Midlands for our rental trucks and trailers in recent months has meant that, in addition to moving to a superb new location with improved facilities for our customers and expanded workshop capacity, the new depot will be receiving many of the brand new trucks and trailers that Ryder currently has on order.

“This is an exciting time for the company and it reinforces our long term commitment to Northampton and the East Midlands.

“The option to outsource the supply of commercial vehicles allows businesses to remove fixed assets from the balance sheet enabling them to refocus their financial and time resources on what they do best - running their business.”

. Bruce Howard, Ryder operations director (left) with Ryder operations manager, John Alsop

Intercounty opens new Mercedes-Benz dealership in Boston

Mercedes-Benz dealer Intercounty Truck & Van has opened a new depot on the outskirts of Boston, Lincolnshire.

The multi-million pound facility is on a three-acre site at Old Station Yard, Sutterton, on the junction of the busy A16 and A17. It includes a smart reception area, with sales and administration staff working from offices above.

The workshop is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, supported by a fully stocked parts department.

DVSA inspectors will use the ATF to carry out truck MoT tests. Other aftersales services offered include van MoTs, tachograph and speed limiter installations and calibrations, as well as chassis pressure washing.
It is also the base for Intercounty’s first dedicated used truck centre.

Intercounty Truck & Van - part of the Ballyvesey Holdings Group - has sites in Wellingborough, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Toddington and Lincoln. It is now looking to recruit extra staff at Boston.

Steve Shakespeare, dealer principal at Boston, said depot manager Paul Slater and his 30-strong team had been struggling for space at their previous home in the town.

He explained: “This development represents a massive shot in the arm for locally-based truck and van operators, as well as for members of the company team who were selling record numbers of labour hours in the run-up to the move, despite having to work in challenging conditions.”

Mike Belk, Mercedes-Benz Trucks MD added: “In terms of visibility and presence, as well as capability, this is exactly the kind of landmark facility that we are encouraging our dealer partners to develop.”

Benny Ashton, workshop manager at Boston-based Benton Brothers, which runs a fleet of 42 Actros trucks, said: “The area’s been waiting for this development for a long time and I’m delighted for Intercounty’s lads.
“The new ATF and tachograph facilities will be perfect for us.”

Intercounty is also looking to move to new, larger premises in Lincoln before the end of the year.  
This will include six workshop bays - twice the number of bays at its current site in the city.