Simpson Bros, a founder member of Palletforce, has invested more than £2 million in its fleet so far this year. The haulage firm, based in Chester-le-Street, Durham, has taken delivery of 22 new Scanias fitted with telematics and Active Predictive cruise control technology.
It has also added two new DAF trucks, one in Simpson Bros livery and one in Palletforce livery, to its fleet since January. Some of the new vehicles replace older, less fuel efficient ones and some are new additions to the 100-strong fleet. This significant investment comes just six months after the company moved to a new bigger 22 acre site with 330,000 sq ft warehouse after winning several big storage contracts.
"Investments such as these are how we continue to enhance the quality service we are renowned for and are key to the continued longevity and success of Simpson Bros," said Graham Simpson, Managing Director.
"The economic climate remains challenging but we continue to grow and with this latest investment we are starting as we mean to go on for the future – with customer service and top facilities at the heart of what we do."
Simpson Bros was set up by two brothers who bought a couple of military vehicles following World War I and started transporting coke and coal around the Tyne valley. Over the years it gradually expanded into general haulage, parcels and pallets – becoming a founder member of Palletforce, the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network in 2001 – and is now just a few years shy of its centenary.
"It's brilliant to see such a well-established company like Simpson Bros still dedicated to enhancing its facilities to ensure its customers consistently receive the best possible service at all times," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce.