A UK builder merchant is investing heavily in its tool hire business with an order for 500 JCB machines worth more than £8 million.

Jewson is buying a fleet of JCB’s new flagship 15C-1mini excavators and JCB 8008 micro excavators, along with the new IT-HT site dumpers, VMT160-80 compactors and HTD5 Dumpsters.

The company is one of the first to invest in the innovative 15C-1 mini excavator and IT-HT site dumpers. The 15C-1 offers class leading features such as 500 hour greasing intervals, all steel bodywork, all flat glass and ten tie down points for easy transportation.  The 1T-HT is part of a full line up of JCB site dumpers manufactured at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire

Jewson managing director Thierry Dufour and director of Tool Hire Richard Pedersen visited JCB’s Staffordshire-based world headquarters to see the new fleet roll off the production lines.

Mr Pedersen said: “This is a significant investment which makes our fleet of micro and mini excavators and dumpers one of the most modern in the industry. We are committed to offering our customers the most powerful and up-to-date machines around and this investment delivers on this promise.

“We selected JCB machines after extensive research into a number of suppliers.  We have operated JCB mini and micro excavators, dumpers and compactors for many years and they have proved to be an invaluable part of our fleet.”

JCB’s UK and Ireland sales director Steve Smith said: “We are delighted to win this repeat business from Jewson’s Tool Hire division.  JCB has supplied machines to the company for many years and it’s testament to the quality of our range of mini and micro excavators and compaction equipment that we’ve secured this valuable business again.

“Securing important business like this is not only about producing world-class products but also about offering world-class service back-up supported by the most extensive dealer network in the UK.”

With over 600 branches across the country, Jewson is the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable timber and building materials. It has been supporting the trade for more than 180 years and offers an extensive range of over 400,000 products and a significant number of renewable technologies and sustainable solutions.  In addition to timber and building materials, Jewson also has specialist landscaping, joinery, insulation, tool hire, brick, kitchen and bathroom centres up and down the country.