An order for a trio of 18 tonne, 7m3 dry spreaders for Norfolk County Council has taken the East Anglian local authority’s running total of Econ vehicles to 45, including seven Econ Hotboxes.
In 2014/15 Econ, which has been working with Norfolk County Council for more than 20 years, teamed up with DAF dealer Ford & Slater in a successful tender to supply the council with new
Hotbox equipment. Econ was awarded a contract to supply four new-design 3m3 single-chamber Hotboxes, each of which features a bespoke front storage unit behind the cab, manufactured by Wisbech-based Priden Engineering. The vehicles also had side-mounted gas bottle lifters on the off and near side of their compact DAF 12 tonne chassis.
Econ fitted a 150kg Penny hydraulic crane and adjustable whacker plate storage so that the vehicles would be totally self sufficient and not reliant on support vehicles. Three 7.5m3 twin chamber Hotbox bodies were also supplied to the Norfolk fleet by Econ, mounted on DAF 6×2 rear-steer 26 tonne chassis.
Norfolk County Council has also taken advantage of Econ’s repair and maintenance support service to ensure maximum uptime. Econ was awarded the repair and maintenance contract in 2013 and now covers all 48 of the council’s Econ vehicles on a 24/7 basis from October to March and on a daily basis during the rest of the year.
The 2014/2015 season also saw Econ supply ten 18 tonne GVW 7m3 dry spreaders and three 12 tonne DAF chassis Multispread insulated tipper-spreader multipurpose vehicles to be used on both their day fleet on road maintenance and winter fleet for salt spreading.
The contract followed an order the previous year for 25 dry spreaders via the ESPO special vehicle framework and processed through the East Anglia based DAF dealer, Ford and Slater. Econ fitted the 24 18 tonne and one 7.5 tonne dry spreaders with SPARGO 7 controls as well as front and rear platforms and smooth flow distributors.
Norfolk County Council has announced that more than 2,000 miles of roads will be on its regular gritting routes this year and the local authority’s seven salt domes are stocked with 17,000 tonnes of salt, with the Econ gritters ready to hit the roads as soon as temperatures start to drop.
Adam Fairhurst, Works Support Manager for Norfolk County Council, said: “We have a long history working with Econ, which more recently includes a significant vehicle replacement programme over the last three years. Although the product and after sales service is generally good, it was disappointing that two of these three annual orders failed to meet agreed delivery time-scales. Econ did however provide loan vehicles, which meant we had the necessary resources in place ready for the start of the winter season.”