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Finning seals deal with James Jamieson construction for 12 new Caterpillar machines

Feb, 06 2012


(UK)  -- New Aberdeen plant hire business James Jamieson Construction Ltd has equipped itself with a full fleet of 12 new items of Caterpillar equipment, through a deal with Finning.

North East Scotland's newest plant hire company James Jamieson Construction Ltd has recently purchased an entirely new plant hire fleet of 12 new pieces of Caterpillar plant from Finning. The fleet includes two Cat 308Ds, two 312Ds, a 315D, two 320D and a Cat 336DL excavator, two Cat D6 LGP track-type tractors, a Cat CS 54XT surface compactor, a Cat 323DL medium sized hydraulic excavator, and a Cat 972H wheel loader.

Commenting on James Jamieson Construction Ltd's brief history and its decision to invest in Caterpillar plant from Finning, managing director, James Jamieson said: "James Jamieson Construction Ltd as a business is still very much in its infancy but myself and my father Jim Jamieson have a lot of experience in plant hire. We made sure to give the business its best start possible by investing in Caterpillar equipment with the support, advice and guidance of Finning."

"When we were looking to setup the our new business we looked at fleet options and talked to Finning, who came up with a great package. It was really important to us that we had the right equipment, service and support. With Finning we could get all the parts and service repairs we need to complete our job successfully."

"Caterpillar machinery is some of the best equipment available to those working in construction and plant hire services, due to its renowned performance and reliability. As a business it was beneficial to approach Finning to build up a fleet of plant machinery from its fine selection and equipment."

"As a plant hire business, Caterpillar equipment is beneficial in more than just a functional way. The machinery's residual value also plays a large part in the decision to make an investment in Caterpillar plant as a plant hire business, James Jamieson Construction Ltd will be looking into acquiring new machinery on a regular basis."

"The fleet needs to be comprised of the latest equipment, as this is what customers expect when they hire the equipment and services of a plant hire specialist. The business also needs to be able to sell on used equipment for a good price rather than equipment that does not retain its value after its initial purchase and use."

"Finning's expertise in the equipment was also a major factor in making the decision to approach the Caterpillar dealer due to it's reputation, meaning that James Jamieson Construction Ltd could trust Finning to advise it on any aspect of machinery, including its selection and recommendations on work tools."

"Finning also offers a lot in the way of services and support for the equipment it supplies, giving Finning another attractive quality to anyone looking to invest in plant machinery. James Jamieson Construction Ltd is especially impressed with Finning's 'VisionLink' equipment monitoring system, which is fitted to the Cat 320DL, Cat 323DL, Cat 336DL hydraulic excavators and the Cat D6N LPG and Cat D6T LPG dozers."

"VisionLink is useful to the business for some very important reasons. It enables James Jamieson Construction Ltd to monitor its machines in a way it would not be able to do without this kind off assistance. James Jamieson Construction Ltd can now monitor data from its equipment quickly and simply from almost any location as it is all done over the Internet with an easy to use interface."

"First and foremost VisionLink allows James Jamieson Construction Ltd to know exactly where its equipment is at any given time, which is a major bonus for a plant hire firm as its machinery can be in many different places at once. It is important to keep track of the business's assets, and the tracking function is even customisable to the extent that you can instantaneously track single machines as well as particular groups of machines on specific jobs."

"VisionLink is also ideal for looking after the security of the machines as you can easily set up site boundaries and security alerts to limit unauthorised equipment usage. This can do a lot to limit theft or unqualified staff operating machines."

"In addition to the extra security VisionLink gives James Jamieson Construction Ltd, it is a very useful financial and performance monitoring tool for the business. VisionLink gives James Jamieson Construction Ltd the ability to monitor the fuel usage of the machines giving the company a more accurate idea of the running costs of the fleet and the ability to compare working times and idle times to see exactly how much work the machines are doing."

"However, what is of even greater use to James Jamieson Construction Ltd is the ability to easily plan and track maintenance of each item of machinery through Finning's 'built in' Cat recommended service intervals which is customisable to the business's fleet and operational needs."

"It can be organised at the click of a button maximising the efficiency and productivity of the business and lowering operating costs of its fleet; keeping the equipment running and performing to the best of its ability is probably the most important issue to James Jamieson Construction Ltd as this is vital to the reputation of the business."

"In addition to VisionLink James Jamieson Construction Ltd also has a preventative maintenance service contract with Finning that ensures that the rest of the fleet is well looked after and if VisionLink proves to be a big success the rest of the fleet will be also be signed up to the system."

James Jamieson Construction Ltd came into existence in early 2011 out of an opportunity to satisfy a sudden gap left in the plant hire market in North East Scotland, previously filled by numerous competing businesses, now all currently in administration."

James: "In the past a significant amount of business in the Aberdeen area and the North East of Scotland was carried out by the main contractors in the region, leaving little room for other companies to compete in the crowed market place."

"However since their departure from the market earlier in the year in January 2011 there has been a significant void that a plant hire and contracting firm with the right knowledge and experience behind it could step into and fulfil the need for these services to be carried out as and when they arise; this is just what James Jamieson Construction Ltd has done."

"Since the launch of James Jamieson Construction Ltd the firm has done very well in securing business and has been able to grow and invest steadily in additional Caterpillar machinery from Finning, starting off with an initial equipment order of seven machines from Finning and now running a fleet of twelve."

"James Jamieson Construction Ltd is now operating a fairly sizable fleet of Caterpillar equipment allowing the business to take on jobs of a small to medium size."

Talking about working with James Jamieson Construction Ltd to build up its plant hire fleet Territory Account Manager for Finning John Middleton commented: "Working with James Jamieson Construction Ltd to build up its fleet of Caterpillar plant equipment has become a very important project for Finning in this part of Scotland and to become a working partner with a brand new business a very positive opportunity to build a successful working relationship."

"James Jamieson Construction Ltd has already achieved a lot since its beginnings and this can only bode for the continued success and growth of the business, which Finning is happy to be a part of long into the future."

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