Height for Hire in Ireland has acquired a majority shareholding in Slovakian access rental company Strojné Centrum Slovakia (SCS), which has a fleet of around 100 machines.
Glenn Pearson, a shareholder in SCS, retains a stake in the company and will be managing director of the company that will now operate as a subsidiary of Height for Hire.
“Glenn Pearson is an important part of the acquisition”, said John Ball, Height for Hire’s managing director, “He has the expertise in the business there, and the energy to drive it forward.”
Mr Ball said SCS represented a good strategic location for central Europe and was part of Height for Hire’s diversification strategy, which has seen it invest in its UK rental operation, Easi-Uplifts, as well as other operations in continental Europe, including the Netherlands.SCS, which also sells Belle Group construction equipment, operates from a single depot in Košice, in the east of the country, but Mr Ball said there were plans for a new depot in the country’s major city, Bratislava. He said the plan was to double the fleet rapidly with good quality used machines manufactured in 2005-6.