Civil engineers The Owen Pugh Group has ploughed £1.2m into a specialist machinery following a contract win.
The Dudley-headquartered firm has secured an earthworks contract as part of the £30m Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme, a project which has triggered new investment plans.
Owen Pugh has purchased four Komatsu D65 and D61 bulldozers, two PC 360, 360° excavators plus six compatible Trimble GCS900 Grade Control Systems worth over £1.2m in total.
The business, which employs 422 people across five regional sites in Blaydon, Stockton, Cramlington, Marsden Quarry and Dudley, purchased the new plant machinery from Birtley-based Komatsu.
It said the Trimble kit – a cutting-edge earthmoving system that transmits design surfaces, grades and alignments directly inside the vehicle cab – will also speed up productivity and job cycles.
Paul Cockburn, general manager of Owen Pugh and Co Ltd, said that the Komatsu plant purchase, which follows a recent investment in 34 new trucks and tippers, is the latest in a raft of efficiency measures for the business.
He said: “The whole package with these machines has fitted our requirements from the start; fuel efficiency, excellent reliability and the aftersales support from our local dealer Marubeni Komatsu being key factors in our choice, not to mention the fact that the excavators are made on our doorstep in the Birtley Komatsu plant.”
Martin Forster, general manager for Owen Pugh Contracts, added: “The Trimble system’s significance in terms of the Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme is a reduction in the number of engineers on site and an increased ability to deliver on the designs in the most accurate and efficient way possible.”
The Morpeth Northern Bypass will run from Whorral Bank roundabout to the A1 trunk road between Fairmoor and Lancaster Park, easing traffic congestion in and around Morpeth.
The Owen Pugh Group comprises five trading companies operating in the civil engineering industry, undertaking earthmoving and demolition, drainage and groundworks, plant-hire and haulage, quarrying, inert waste and drain cleaning, and CCTV surveys.