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KJN Services - Providing Everyday Hire Solutions

Manitou Group - Press Release

KJN Services of Bicester, Oxon  have come a long way since Keith North  started a plumbing business in the 1960’s which evolved into supplying plumbing parts to trade customers and then expanded into the establishment of plumbing contracts with local authorities to the next stage of investing in machinery to fulfil the work undertaken. The hire of equipment commenced when the machinery was idle and there was a demand from local trade customers.

Alastair North, son of Keith, joined the company as an apprentice in the early 1980's and has subsequently grown the plant hire business to the current portfolio of 400 categories of plant and equipment, including telehandlers, mini-diggers (up to 8 tonnes), dumpers, rollers, skid steer loaders, powered access platforms, generators, compaction equipment and groundcare machinery.

The recent purchase of a Maniscopic MT625T from local Manitou dealer, Leach Lewis of Stanton Harcourt, Oxon  is a testimony to KJN Services investment strategy in procuring latest machine technology. The new compact Manitou has proved to be a real success with the local builders and landscaping customers.

Alastair commented : "Our customers are pleasantly surprised that for such a small machine, the new Manitou can lift to a height of 6 metre and has a load capacity of 2500kg. The Manitou is also excellent for working on smaller ‘in fill’ developments, the Manitou with its excellent tight turning circle can offload the build materials and then position the loads precisely without driving onto the road."

Manitou is an important part of KJN Services product offer but over half of the company turnover is derived from the sales of plumbing and drainage materials plus oil storage tanks, rain water harvesting, sewerage treatment systems and water pumps which are sold to construction, agriculture, utilities, local authorities, landscaping, plumbing and general public.

The growth market has been in environmental and health safety aspects to increase efficiency and productivity. To facilitate this KJN Services have a dedicated training school at their Marsh Gibbon site for IPAF (Powered Access), Access Towers and Scaffolding, NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme) to ensure that safe operation and expertise is maintained as a quality standard.

With a loyal client base stretching over 40 miles radius from the Marsh Gibbon depot, the family owned business has excelled and prides itself on customer service.

Storage of equipment is not a problem for the purpose built facility at Marsh Gibbon thanks to the 14,000 square foot warehouse. However, the popularity of the new Manitou ensures it is seldom seen at KJN Services depot!

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