Scottish plant hirer DuBye is bucking the recession by expanding its operations.
The company, which was established just 12 months ago, has invested in new premises and taken delivery of 24 new JCB models, one of which is the first 8085 midi excavator to be sold in the UK.
DuBye has invested £3M at existing sites in Elgin, Tomintoul and Turiff, and a further £4M at its Inverness headquarters, which at over 4,000m2 is one of the largest plant companies in Scotland.
This latest batch of machines from JCB includes five backhoe loaders, 14 telescopic handlers, and three midi excavators, including the brand new 8085, which has been on hire every day since it arrived.
The firm has also has bought two 20t excavators, one of which has spent its first two weeks doing groundworks at a Scottish wind farm.
Dubaye, which recently secured a deal to supply all plant to Tulloch Homes across Scotland has taken up an offer of finance from JCB to buy the new kit.
“Despite the difficult economic climate, they have given us the package and tools that will allow us to build the business and acquire the fleet necessary to serve our expanding customer base,” said DuBye managing director Nick Mellor.