Quinto Crane and Plant a successfully established business since 1977, was purchased in October by Oliver and Hannah Arnold, who immediately breathed new lift into the company by investing heavily in the fleet with a number of new cranes and refurbishment of existing cranes.
The Arnold’s are successful agricultural contractors, a business that has great synergy with crane and plant hire. After hearing that Quinto, a well-established brand with a local head office was up for sale, the Arnolds entered into the acquisition process.
Fleet range and versatility is important in the crane hire industry, which is why around £5m was invested soon after acquisition, and further investment is planned. “Going forward we’ll be looking to invest a further £2.5m-£3m a year on a continuous basis. The main aim is to strengthen what we’ve already got on the crane side, while at the same time expanding the Quinto operation into new areas,” says Oliver. “We’re pushing the business in the right direction with the purchase of a new 300-tonne Grove GMK6300L, which is the biggest crane that we’ve got at the minute. We’ve got plans to build on this by purchasing a 500 tonne crane in the next few years. We have also purchased a 100-tonne capacity Grove GMK4100L and two 130-tonne Tadanos and Liebherr LTC1045 since taking over. We’ve been impressed with the performance of the new Grove GMK6300L and we’re confident in our latest purchase of the GMK4100L. Its long boom and highly versatile capabilities make it ideal for congested job sites in the UK. The GMK4100L is the long-boom (60-metre) version of the GMK4100 four-axle all-terrain crane. It can lift 1.6 tonnes at a 48-metre radius. The LTC 1045 is an ideal city crane.”
It’s not just about replacements in the fleet it’s also about ensuring the existing fleet is up to speed. Quinto have dedicated a huge amount of time and effort into refurbishing the fleet and instilling a robust maintenance programme employing 14 fitters spread across the depot network to achieve this.
Quinto’s investment doesn’t stop at the fleet, it also extends to the depot network with refurbishment taking place at many locations. Most importantly however, is that operations have been restructured to serve customers more efficiently through a centralised logistics team who are the pinnacle of operations integrating the other divisions of Quinto all being underpinned by key support staff totalling a team of 135 dedicated staff. Specialist software is also being installed to increase efficiency. The bottom line is that our customers, many of who are in the construction industry are enjoying the benefits of streamlined processes that allow even more competitive pricing and better customer service.
“We’re pushing the business in the right direction with the purchase of a new 300-tonne Grove GMK6300L, which is the biggest crane that we’ve got at the minute. We’ve got plans to build on this by purchasing a 500 tonne crane in the next few years. We have also purchased a 100-tonne capacity Grove GMK4100L and two 130-tonne Tadanos and Liebherr LTC1045 since taking over.”
Oliver Arnold, Owner
Crane hire is the core of the business however there is more to Quinto, the other divisions are machinery moving and demolition services. Demolition services have been added since the acquisition and bring the company full circle to its Pointer days where Quinto was conceived. Demolition industry experts, Chris Winfield and Adrian Hardesty, were brought in to head up the division. Demolition gives and end to end service for the company’s construction industry customers.
“Company acquisitions can bring challenges but I’m delighted that we’ve been able to come out the other side and are well placed and determined to keep the momentum going,” summarises Oliver.