Belfast Telegraph

Firm delivers £450k forklift supply deal

By Clare Weir

A Lisburn company has delivered 10 forklift trucks to a garden supply firm in a deal worth £450,000.

The new equipment order was awarded to Handling & Storage Equipment Co Ltd, part of the Alexander Group, by Westland Horticulture in Dungannon which has received 10 Linde diesel forklift trucks to replace their old fleet.

The diesel trucks will perform a key role in one of the fastest growing garden supply company's in the UK.

In April, Westland Horticulture acquired Cranswick Pet Products in Driffield, Yorkshire.

The firm's sales rose to £41.3m during the year ending March 2012, up more than 10% from £37.5m in 2009.

It also owns Unwins, a top brand, and employs around 300 at sites in Northern Ireland and at Alconbury in England, selling around 95% of its products in Britain and the Republic

Handling & Storage Equipment, which employs 37 people, sells and services new and used forklift trucks, engine-powered trucks and handling equipment to the industrial and commercial sector across Northern Ireland and the UK from Blaris Industrial Estate.

John Wilson from the company said that he looks forward to continuing a productive relationship with Westland in the future.

"In today's economic climate such a significant investment in a local, family-run company is valued by everyone on the team - from the service engineers to our sales team on the ground," he said.

Cliff Cairns of Westland Horticulture added: "This new fleet of Linde fork trucks will improve and ensure the smooth running of our loading and general pallet movements."