The innovative team in Econ’s vehicle engineering workshop was set a transformational challenge earlier this year when they were asked by client Balfour Beatty to work some magic on three used demountable gritter and tar sprayer vehicles, creating three ‘good as new’ permanently mounted spreaders.
“We approached Econ because we know how creative they are when it comes to building bespoke vehicles, and on this assignment we were really asking them to think outside the box,” said Carl Hanson, Fleet Director in the Derby-based Balfour Beatty Fleet Services Business Unit, which provides vehicles across the whole Balfour Beatty group.
Hire and Disposal Manager Paul Wigby and his team in Econ’s engineering workshop transposed Balfour Beatty’s three demountable spreader bodies onto three additional used chassis that had been pre-prepped, to produce three spreaders that, according to Carl, looked “as good as new” when they arrived at its customer’s site.
“We are fairly used to having to create bespoke vehicles for clients that require unusual components, so this assignment was pretty run of the mill for us,” said Paul. “But it always gives us great satisfaction to know that we have done a great job for a client and that they are really pleased with the end result.”
In addition to the three permanently mounted spreaders, Econ mounted the tar sprayer bodies onto a further three specially prepped used chassis, which ensured that Balfour Beatty were making the most of all of its fleet.
“We were really impressed with Econ’s workmanship and with Paul and his team’s flexibility in meeting our requirements,” added Carl.