Quarry operator and civil engineering contractor GD Harries & Sons is expanding its business with the addition of four machines from local Case Construction Equipment dealer Riverlea.
The company, from Narberth in West Wales, has taken two Case CX350C crawler excavators, a 1021F wheeled loader and a 821F for use in its seven quarry sites throughout the region.
Geographic And Business Expansion
In the past 18 months Harries has acquired four granite and two limestone quarries. The company also runs three concrete production plants and three aggregate coating facilities, and has expanded its interests into road surfacing and other civil engineering contracting operations alongside the quarry works.
The four Case machines have been purchased to replace existing machinery as part of an overall plan to upgrade the fleet. The 35-tonne CX350C excavators are now the largest machines on the fleet and, along with the two wheeled loaders, will contribute to an increase in production levels within the quarry operations.
GD Harries runs a large fleet of equipment with many Case machines and has established a very successful relationship with local dealer Riverlea over many years of working together.
“Excellent local dealers and right on our doorstep,” says Harries business manager Janet Phillips.
„We did price other equipment but Riverlea was able to put together the best deal for us in terms of price and quality – also Paul Austin pulled out all the stops in terms of customer service and this mix left us with no alternative but to stay with Case machinery.”
The company, which has more than 235 employees, runs its own service engineer division and haulage fleet. However, it does rely on the dealer for rapid supply of parts to ensure the machines provide maximum availability.
“”We do have our own maintenance staff to keep the machines running,” says Ms Phillips. “But Riverlea has always been there to look after us when we need them.”
The machines have already found favour with Harries’ operators, who she says: “Have taken to them like ducks to water.”
Supplied in standard specification, the equipment is already delivering a boost in productivity for the company. With a continued growth in demand for aggregate throughout the region, Ms Phillips says the company will be looking for additional machinery before long.
Riverlea has been a Case Construction Equipment dealer throughout Wales for more than 20 years and the company has built many strong working relationships with customers over that time.
“GD Harries is a long established customer and we have had a really good relationship with them for many years,” says construction sales manager Paul Austin. “The company runs a lot of Case equipment and we have always worked to support them wherever possible.”