Breedon investment boost in Lincolnshire
Flagship sand and gravel quarry takes delivery of new £2.5 million fleet of vehicles and plant
A NEW fleet of vehicles and plant valued at around £2.5 million has arrived at Breedon Aggregates’ flagship Norton Bottoms Quarry, near Newark, as part of a substantial investment in the Stamford-based former C&G Concrete business acquired by Breedon last year.
‘When we bought C&G, the fleet was very old,’ said Tim Hall, chief executive of Breedon Aggregates England. ‘We’ve now put that right with a significant investment in new mixer trucks, tractor units, vans and a £450,000 excavator (pictured) which will greatly improve the efficiency of our operations at Norton Bottoms and enhance our service to customers across Lincolnshire and eastern England.’
Breedon Aggregates acquired C&G Concrete out of administration in July 2011 for £10.8 million and quickly set about returning the business to profit and re-establishing it as a major supplier of ‘heavyside’ building materials to the construction industry in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and South Humberside.
‘We’re delighted with the performance of the business,’ added Mr Hall. ‘In the last five months of 2011 the team completely turned it around to the point where it contributed more than half-a-million pounds to the group’s full-year profits. When you think that a year ago it was in administration with a big question mark over its future, this is an amazing achievement.’
The former C&G Concrete business now constitutes the eastern region of Breedon’s English business, bridging the company’s operations between the East Midlands and East Anglia. At the heart of the business is the group’s flagship quarry at Norton Bottoms, site of some of the largest and highest-quality sand and gravel reserves in the country.
Two further quarries at Kettleby and Kirkstead are complemented by a network of ready-mixed concrete and mortar plants at: Elsham, Grantham, Grimsby, Kettleby, King’s Lynn, Long Sutton, Kelsey Road, Norton Bottoms, Peterborough, Skegness, Sleaford, Stamford and Woodhall.