Off-Roader Repair Shop Banks On Regular Business
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
on behalf of Banks Group
The Hamilton based employer has been operating at the Rusha site, near Breich, since 2012, as part of a seven-year project to extract coal from the site. The coal extracted from Rusha is used for industrial, domestic and coal fired power generation in both Scotland and England.
As part of the substantial local investment, a contract has been in place with Broxburn based mechanics J and J McIndoe, who regularly service the four on-site Land Rovers and a Toyota pickup – which face a much tougher life than normal road based vehicles.
The “well-worked” vehicles are subjected to gruelling conditions in the operational surface mine, with rough terrain and the carrying of heavy loads proving a constant test.
“The Rusha vehicles require very regular maintenance – they come in every 4-6 weeks for brake checks etc and are serviced quarterly, this provides our garage with a substantial amount of work. It’s crucial to have work like this as it provides job security and a base for the business.”
Jim Donnelly, Banks Mining Director, has praised J and J McIndoe for their efficient and reliable service and believes the partnership is a great example of how the firm strives to work with local suppliers.
Jim said: “We are delighted that Maureen McIndoe has publically expressed her supportfor our operations here at Rusha.
“We have always been intent on using local suppliers whenever possible and our annual spend with suppliers in the central belt of Scotland is around £3.8million.”
Banks Mining has permission to undertake operations at Rusha for a seven-year period, and once coaling is complete, the 154-hectare site will be fully restored and landscaped to a mixture of woodland and agriculture.
The company estimates that the Rusha site will contribute more than £5million to the local economy every year through wages and other supply chain contributions, and in addition to the people employed on site, it will also support a number of other off-site jobs in related transport and supplies activity.
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