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Twenty new Cats for Advance Construction

Cat 312E excavators

Company invests more than £1 million in new Cat excavators to support continued growth

SCOTTISH civil engineering firm Advance Construction have invested in 20 new Caterpillar 312E excavators to support the company’s expanding groundwork operations, which have grown to be worth more than £100 million this year.

Commenting on the purchase Seamus Shields, managing director at Advance Construction, said: ‘Investing in the Cat 312E excavators made operational sense to us. Hiring machines on a project-by-project basis was an option, but expanding our own fleet guarantees equipment quality, reliability and, most importantly, availability.


‘The investment in 20 units demonstrates the regard which we have for the Caterpillar machines, and is a valuable addition to our fleet of 130 excavators.

‘The service support Finning provide was also instrumental in our decision to invest. Having a team based in Glasgow means that any machine issues are dealt with promptly, which keeps our downtime to a minimum and reduces any affect on our bottom line. It is essential that our operators have the best equipment to use on site, complemented by maintenance that ensures optimum performance throughout the machine’s life cycle.’

Founded in 1993, Advance Construction now employ more than 900 staff and are the largest privately owned groundworks company in Scotland, servicing all major house builders and many blue chip civil engineering firms. The business is co-ordinated from its Blantyre head office and recently opened a new location in Inverkeithing, to support its expanding East division.

Alistair Murdoch, Finning’s key account manager who oversaw this deal, added: ‘The growth Advance Construction have yielded over the last 20 years is testament to exceeding customers’ expectations time after time. With Caterpillar machines and Finning support service playing a key role in their operation, we look forward to working hand in hand with Seamus and the team as they continue to produce ground-breaking results.’


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