Jarvie Plant Group, one of Scotland’s largest independent plant hire businesses, has launched a group-wide recruitment drive to support its rapid business growth.
The Grangemouth-based firm has recently opened a new depot in Aberdeen and has moved to a new purpose built depot in Dundee, taking the total number of depots in Scotland to eight.
Over the last 12 months staff numbers across the group have risen to 150 with 15 new jobs created to support the expanded depot network, and the number is set to rise further.
New posts are being created from Aberdeen to central belt across a range of positions including senior sales manager roles, operations managers, back office functions and plant fitter roles as well as supervisors.
“The business is on an exciting growth curve so it’s vital we attract people who have the right sector experience,” explained Jarvie’s business development director, David Jarvie.
“With Scotland’s construction sector gradually improving, we are aiming to provide our customers such as house builders, civil engineers and building contractors with a first class hire service,” he added.
The company is currently supplying equipment and machinery to the consortium of Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try involved in the construction of the £745 million 28.6 mile Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
In Dundee the firm is providing tower lights and generators to the £80 million V&A Museum project, while in Edinburgh and Glasgow the firm is continuing to support the thriving house building sector with a range of temporary accommodation, vans, tele-handlers and civils equipment to keep pace with demand.
Jarvie’s sister company, JP Vehicle Rentals, is also expanding, having invested in over 200 new vehicles, including highly specified welfare vans taking the fleet to in excess of 40.
Founded in 1960 by John Jarvie and with a turnover now amounting to £15 million, it has depots in Aberdeen, Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grangemouth, Irvine and Paisley.
It invested £2.75m in 50 new JCBs earlier this year to support a new five-year preferred supplier agreement with City of Edinburgh Council.
In March it moved to a larger site in Dundee, its new base in Dunsinane Avenue representing an investment of £500,000.
The move from rented accommodation in Heron Lane was prompted by Dundee’s rapid growth and will see the creation of 10 new jobs.
The three acre site at Dunsinane Avenue incorporated a new depot and workshop and had space for a wider range of plant, facilities and highly specified welfare vehicles.
Finance director Stuart Granton said: “The substantial investment in Dundee and other locations around Scotland is symptomatic of our ambitions as a company.”