Welsh quarry company expands Case fleet
GD Harries take delivery of two Case CX350 crawler excavators and two F-series wheel loaders
QUARRY operators and civil engineering contractors GD Harries & Sons are expanding their business with the addition of four machines from local Case Construction Equipment dealers Riverlea.
The company, based in Narberth in west Wales, has taken delivery of two Case CX350C crawler excavators, one 1021F wheel loader and an 821F version for use in its seven quarry sites throughout the region.
In the past 18 months Harries have acquired four granite quarries and two limestone quarries. The company also runs three concrete plants and three 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 company’s fleet. The two 35-tonne CX350C excavators are now the largest machines in the fleet and, along with the two wheel loaders, will contribute to an increase in production levels within the quarry operations.
Over many years of working together, GD Harries have established a very successful relationship with their local Case dealers, Riverlea.
‘We did price other equipment but Riverlea were able to put together the best deal for us in terms of price and quality. They also pulled out all the stops in terms of customer service and this mix left us with no alternative but to stay with Case machinery,’ said Harries’ business manager, Janet Phillips.
The company, which has more than 235 employees, runs its own service engineer division and haulage fleet. However, it relies on the dealer for the rapid supply of parts to ensure the machines provide maximum availability.
‘We do have our own maintenance staff to keep the machines running,’ said Ms Phillips, ‘but Riverlea have always been there to look after us when we need them.’
Riverlea’s construction sales manager, Paul Austin, said: ‘GD Harries are one of our long-established customers and we have had a really good relationship with them for many years. They run a lot of Case equipment and we have always worked to support them wherever possible.’