Mount Isa contracting business Huddy’s Plant Hire has changed hands and the new owners have committed to an expansion.
The company has been purchased by Industrea but, Huddy’s Plant Hire proprietor Graham Huddy said that, although the contract for the sale has been signed, it’s essentially business as usual with every effort made to minimise any disruptions that a change of ownership could bring.
Under the terms of the contract the company will continue to manage the business for the next two years to ensure a smooth handover.
According to Huddy, the company has always utilised Hitachi products.
As more jobs came in, the need for new equipment arised.
The latest addition to the asset register is a 515-tonne Hitachi EX5500 excavator which Huddy bought for a new contract at Xstrata’s Handlebar Hill lead-zinc mine.
The EX5500 joins 11 other Hitachi excavators including two EX3600s, seven EX2500s, an EX1900 and a Zaxis 330.
Rigged as a face shovel, the new EX5500 is 4-pass loading 190 ton dump trucks.
Huddy said Hitachi has played an important part in the growth of the business.
“All-in-all Hitachi are the best value-for-money excavators available,” he said.
“They are reliable, they are productive and they keep going. We’ve had excavators from other manufacturers but they haven’t done the job. The Hitachi excavators keep delivering the goods for us and in this business that’s what we need.”
“Additionally we are very diligent with maintenance scheduling for the excavators and all our equipment, which certainly keeps their performance levels up, but having a quality machine to start with means long-term productivity and reliability.”