Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council were looking to source some extra flexible support for their winter maintenance fleet, whilst they managed the transition from contracting out its service to Carillion to bringing them back in-house.
Two Econ hire spreaders with E-ploughs joined the four-strong winter maintenance fleet in North Yorkshire’s most northerly coastal borough last winter, providing the council with the much-needed support it was looking for.
The Econ vehicles were stationed at Boulby Potash Mine, near Staithes, one of Europe’s deepest mines which produces a million tonnes of potash a year for fertiliser and half a million tonnes of rock salt. The location entailed some unusual logistical challenges for the Econ team.
In order to access the potash mine site to carry out driver training and repairs on the spreaders, the Econ staff had to undergo an induction process at the mine. Andy Mollon, Redcar and Cleveland borough Council’s service lead for engineering, highways, licensing and parking, said “It was quite a big ask and something that they had to go out of their way to do, but Econ really stepped up to the mark and had their guys inducted immediately so that they were ready as soon as we needed them– that’s impressive!”