Plant hire firm continues to show JCB loyalty
Shropshire-based Ridgway Rentals invest in new fleet of high-spec JCB excavators
RIDGWAY Rentals have placed an order for 26 new JCB excavators in a deal worth more than £25 million, as the plant hire firm continues its long association – which stretches back more than 50 years – with the renowned British brand.
The Oswestry-based company – which originally traded under the name RAJ Mechanisations Ltd – was founded by the late Bob Jones in 1961 as a dealer for JCB machines. Mr Jones forged a strong relationship with JCB founder Cyril Bamford, who personally delivered the first JCB 7 crawler excavator the business ordered in 1964.
Led by Bob Jones’ son, Tim, the company changed course in 1977 to become a plant hirer and today remains one of JCB’s longest-standing customers, having evolved into a successful nationwide rental firm. Ridgway Rentals also remain family owned and today are run by Tim Jones’ sons Stuart (managing director) and Rob (director).
The new JCB machinery fleet will include: Hydradig, JS131 and JS220 tracked excavators; JS145W, JS160W and JS200W wheeled models; and 8-tonne zero tail-swing 85Z-1 midi-excavators.
‘We have a long and proud history with JCB and Ridgway Rentals have a strong commitment to supporting British business,’ said managing director Stuart Jones. ‘The service and support we receive from dealers Gunn JCB were also key factors in our decision to choose JCB. The latest investment sees us strengthen our excavator fleet with high-spec JCB machines, which are always well built and provide good value for money.’
He continued: ‘The new machines look great and are fitted with a range of options, including LED lights, durable paintwork, sun visors, hammers, shears and tilt rotators – meaning these excavators are well-equipped for the full range of industries we serve.’