Plantshifters acquired by Portsmouth-based firm

Paul Barber (left), managing director at RRS, with Graeme Morrison, the previous owner of Plantshifters (Scotland) Ltd.
Paul Barber (left), managing director at RRS, with Graeme Morrison, the previous owner of Plantshifters (Scotland) Ltd.

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Aberdeen-based Plantshifters (Scotland) Ltd., a trading division of Surelift (UK) Ltd has been acquired by Portsmouth-based lifting, transport and storage specialist Rapid Response Solutions (RRS).

The deal brings the total number of RRS sites to four, alongside an existing Midlands facility in Teddington.

The business will trade as RRS Plantshifters and a recruitment campaign is already underway to add to seven existing staff.

The company currently operates out of two buildings on the Kirkhill Industrial Estate in Dyce, but will relocate to a larger, more modern site also in close proximity to Aberdeen Airport.

Paul Barber, managing director at RRS said: “The new depots are all part of the strategic growth of the business. Having had a great deal of exposure through our hydraulic skidding and climbing jacks projects, along with our association with Hydra-Slide, we have been receiving bigger and more involved contracts, and needed to bring more skilled labour to the business. Finding the right labour in one location isn’t easy, so we have had to branch out to key locations to source the right staff and efficiently service our customers and future demand.”

Plantshifters already carries a large inventory of lifting and moving equipment but RRS will be adding to that with Valla mini-cranes in addition to Hydra-Slide jacking and skidding equipment. Barber referenced the Aberdeen hotbeds of the oil, gas and wind power markets as areas of particular interest, while vehicles from the existing transport fleet can fulfill haulage and crane contracts in the region.

The value of the Plantshifters transaction was not disclosed.

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