A PROUD Chesterfield company’s spirts have been given a lift after Shires Crane Hire has celebrated 40 years in business.
The company, on Sheepbridge Lane, Sheepbridge, was launched by plant hire expert David Shires in April, 1972, during the miners’ strike but it overcame the economic downturn of the time to become a highly reputable firm.
Daughter Louise Sargeant said: “Crane Hire was not the direction dad originally intended. He was visiting an old employer and saw a crane in the yard and on impulse said, ‘I’ll buy it’, and that was the start of Shires Crane Hire.”
Initially, the company was run from the family home but Mr Shires later shared a yard with Jack Hardy Scrap Dealers and went on to rent larger premises on Sheepbridge Lane.
Ms Sargeant added: “My father originally worked alone for about a year, purchased another crane and employed a crane operator while Gas Pipeline CJB kept the company busy with other clients including Sheepbridge Stokes and Beighton Construction.”
Over the years Shires Crane Hire has built up a fleet of mobile cranes for hire and it also buys, repairs and sells cranes.
Ms Sargeant added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all our employees who have stood by us so loyally over the years including Mark Gourvenec, David Jepson and Steven Bentley.”
One of the company’s most happy memories was last year when Shires helped confectioners Thorntons lift and turn a giant mould to unveil the World’s largest chocolate bar.