Rushlift wins £100m Saint-Gobain deal

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Materials handling specialist Rushlift, has won a supply level agreement with the building distribution division of Saint-Gobain worth £100m.

Under the ten-year deal, Rushlift will supply the group with a variety of materials handling equipment and covers the management and maintenance of more than 2,000 forklifts across a variety of UK manufacturing, retail and merchant sites. These include the company’s Jewson, JP Corry and Gibbs and Dandy builders’ merchants chains.

Saint-Gobain fleet director Ian Berrill said: “We’ve had many years of growth and acquisitions since first establishing our truck fleet and we were keen to provide modern, reliable equipment to our many different users. Having the UK’s largest fleet has many benefits but also many challenges. Being able to manage the fleet makeup, control costs and respond to our changing needs is crucial. Rushlift’s approach offers us a real business advantage, allowing for full visibility of equipment across over 800 sites in the UK and Ireland.”

Rushlift has recruited 30 additional engineering, account management and administrative personnel, with more appointments expected to follow. Chairman Peter Cosgrove said: “We have been able to deliver higher levels of service at lower cost than our competitors and we have gained the business against competition from all the major companies in the industry. The agreement is on an unprecedented scale and we are excited by the opportunities and challenges it presents our business.”

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