£10m contract for trailer firm

Published Thursday, 15 May 2014
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A Co Antrim trailer firm has secured an order worth £10m which it hopes will create 50 jobs by the end of the year.

£10m contract for trailer firm
SDC’s Darren Donnelly and Mark Cuskeran with Tony Wan of Hireco. (© SDC)

SDC Trailers announced that they had won the order on Thursday.

They will supply a range of box vans, double-deck step-frame curtainsiders, and urban trailers to trailer rental company Hireco Ltd.

The vehicles and trailers will be manufactured for the Dublin company over the next six months across SDC's three sites at Toomebridge, Antrim and Mansfield, England.

SDC said that the major order indicates positive growth in the UK's transport and logistics markets with 600 new trailers being added to the Hireco fleet.

In the last year, 170 jobs have been created by SDC Trailers and the firm hope to add to that total before the end of 2014.

At the end of March, the group turnover stood at £130m, and is projected to rise by £20m to £150m by the end of March 2015.

Mark Cuskeran, Managing Director at SDC Trailers, said this order comes at an exceptionally successful time for the company which has invested in its staff, training and boosting employment

"Hireco have been a great customer of ours through the years and I would like to thank them for choosing SDC once again. We have been working closely with Hireco to ensure their specific requirements are always met and this has allowed us to form a great and sustainable partnership," Mr Cuskeran said.

"We operate in a very competitive market where quality and customer service, as well as our ongoing drive to keep our production costs low have ensured continued success. Our reputation is built on over thirty five years of design expertise, and quality accredited manufacturing standards."

Prior to this order, Hireco had already purchased over 5'000 SDC trailers.

"I am delighted to announce this order with SDC, we are seeing an upturn in the UK and Irish markets with a high demand for trailer rentals. Investing in the best allows us to offer a high standard of service to our customers and remain competitive in the equipment rental industry. We have chosen SDC over the years because the quality of their products and customer service is second to none. I am looking forward to working more with them in the coming months."

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3 Comments
Elaine in Belfast wrote (194 days ago):
Congrats! It's always fantastic to see local firms doing good. Keep up the good work.
Sean in heaven wrote (197 days ago):
Excellent news! The more we re-balance our economy and get manufacturing up to 40% of GDP the better. I just hope these are not cheap jobs putting us in the eastern European price group
Coleraine in Coleraine wrote (198 days ago):
Gr8 more good news for our wee contry
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