Saltney storage company serves Wales with new £285k lorry

Saltney storage company serves Wales with new £285k lorry

By Matt Davies

Photo: Lock Stock Self-Storage have taken delivery of a new GBP285,000 delivery lorry, pictured here with driver, Nigel Jones. Submitted by Alistair Syme Prominent self-storage company, Lock Stock, has recently invested GBP285K in an innovative new delivery lorry that will serve its customers across the UK.

The Scania 450 articulated vehicle, which was delivered by Deeside Truck Services, represents a major investment for the expanding self-storage giant. Recently, a special crane was fitted to the vehicle by the Shropshire-based company, HIAB Ltd. Lock Stock, who have a base in Saltney, Cheshire, are the UK’s biggest containerised self-storage company.

They possess 20 parks with over 3,000 storage units across North and Mid Wales, as well as the border counties. Financial manager, Ben Caley, said: “This vehicle is a significant investment for the business and is a sign of confidence in the way we are continuing to grow.

“The new lorry is on the road already, moving containers onto sites and delivering them to our sales customers as well. It is a significant upgrade on the vehicle we had previously.”

The new Scania is 450 horsepower and is powerful enough to transport the largest containers.  

Ben said: “It’s really amazing and the HIAB conversion with the new crane easily picks up 40-foot containers that weigh four tons, positioning them safely and accurately. “It’s much more powerful, flexible and intuitive and the remote control is excellent. Our previous lorry proved a big success for us but this is much better.”

Saltney storage company serves Wales with new £285k lorryPhoto: Lock Stock’s lorry has been fitted with a remotely-operated Hipro 858 crane.

The remotely-operated Hipro 858 crane can lift 40 foot, 4 ton containers and position them over 50 feet away.

Ben said: “Our sales are going really well and rapidly increasing. It can deliver to those customers and also take new storage units to our existing sites. The conversion was the last one to be completed by the late, Pete Silcox, a conversion engineer with HIAB at Ellesmere.

A commemorative plaque dedicated to Pete’s memory has been fitted to the trailer. Ben said: “It enables us to carry out our rolling maintenance programme on our sites promptly because we are constantly checking on our storage units and moving them around.” Saltney storage company serves Wales with new £285k lorry

The vehicle features Lock Stock’s trademark green and gold colours and is already becoming a familiar sight on the roads of North and Mid Wales. However, it operates even further afield with containers being delivered to customers as far away as Yorkshire and the West Midlands. Driver, Nigel Jones, from Ruthin, Denbighshire, has over 27 years of experience driving HGVs all over Europe.

Nigel said: “It’s a brilliant vehicle. I can’t fault it at all. It’s comfortable with leather upholstered heated seats and full air-con.

“The crane is a lot better and more user-friendly.

It can easily lift a 20-foot container out over the cab.

The lorry will deliver storage units to Lock Stock’s latest storage park, an ambitious development of the Interlinq site at Sandycroft, Flintshire. The new Interlinq site will be added to Lock Stock’s existing storage parks at: Holyhead, Anglesey, Bangor, Gwynedd, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, and Rhyl, Denbighshire on the North Wales Coast. Lock Stock also has storage parks in Flint, Flintshire, Sandycroft and Saltney, Denbigh, Denbighshire, Mold, Flintshire, Wrexham, North Wales, Newtown, Powys, Oswestry, Shropshire, and Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The company was founded 21 years ago in Denbigh by brothers, Nick and Shon Powell, becoming Wales’ biggest self-storage company and one of the largest in the UK.

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