Alfreton crane firm lands plum seven-figure order

Staff at Plant Equipment Ltd, in Alfreton.
Staff at Plant Equipment Ltd, in Alfreton.

An Alfreton business is celebrating after they secured a bumper, £1million order - which is set to create new jobs in the area.

Plant Equipment Ltd, based on Clover Nook Road, are a local, family-run business specialising in the supply, service and repair of lorry-mounted cranes.

Last week they received a phone call confirming an order from a multi-national company to the tune of seven-figures.

The order requires the firm to supply 27 cranes and bodies and is expected to take over a year to fulfil.

Caroline Wright is the company owner and director.

She says that receiving such an order ensures a healthy future for the business.

She told the Derbyshire Times: “To get this order is massive for the firm.

“It wouldn’t have been achieved without the tremendous work and dedication of our staff.

“I also have to thank our Managing Director, Nigel Crooks, who worked really hard to get this order.

“We’re already on the hunt for extra staff.

“This order pretty much guarantees work for the foreseeable future.

“It we didn’t get another order tomorrow, then we would still be okay for a year or two.”

Caroline’s father founded the company back in 1982 and she took up the running of the firm after he sadly passed away.

Her son is employed by the firm, in the works department, and Caroline is proud that the business incorporates the local community.

She said: “We have a great workforce here and we use local suppliers so the knock-on effect is going to be hugely positive.

“That’s because we will be using those local suppliers.

“We’re linked to the building and construction industries and so it can only be good news for the local economy if we get an order like this.

“It makes me proud that such a massive, nationwide company has put their faith in us.”

Caroline confirmed that the same company has previously placed an order of this calibre - back in 2008.

“We had a similar-sized order around seven years ago,” she said.

“To get it again is fantastic as these sort of opportunities don’t come around too often, maybe every five or six years.”

Caroline says that the order, as well as effectively guaranteeing work for the next year, will also create new jobs which will go to local job-seekers.

She added: “We currently have a workforce of 26 employees.

“But as we speak I’m looking to recruit for extra staff as soon as possible.

“We’re looking for fitters so that we can honour this order.”