North East construction firm The Owen Pugh Group is ramping up production at its Marsden Quarry site after investing £240,000 in new machinery.
Owen Pugh Aggregates, owners of the quarry in Whitburn, South Tyneside, have taken delivery of two new screeners which are used to separate materials at the site, which supplies construction aggregates and agricultural limestone to clients in the UK and overseas.
The Dudley-headquartered firm said the investment, made to replace older and less efficient machinery, are already improving production outputs on site by reducing lost time and lowering maintenance costs.
Andy Mountford, general manager at Owen Pugh’s Marsden Quarry site, said: “The investment in the new screeners will ensure we can continue to meet the demand of markets in a timely manner. We’re already seeing the benefits with weekly production up by as much as 10%.
The durable design enables the machines to handle a diverse range of materials including limestone, as well as sand and gravel, crushed stone, coal, topsoil and demolition waste.”
The purchase follows a recent investment to upgrade the quarry’s on-site materials testing laboratory to support Owen Pugh’s growing contracting and construction divisions, while also helping the facility to market its services to external businesses.