From starting out as an advertising platform for recruiting plant operators and mechanics in Scotland, Scottish Plant and Operators has enhanced its profile by growing into a dedicated plant hire company choosing Volvo excavators along the way.

In February 2014 Scottish Plant & Operators was born out of a realisation that there was a demand within the industry for recruiting good quality operators and service mechanics. Managing Director Stewart McNeish quickly saw a niche in the market place for providing such a service for plant fleet operators, ground works contractors, in fact any fleet user in the whole spectrum ranging from quarrying to waste handling, demolition and even agricultural contracting.

Stewart McNeish’s vision was to create an on line advertising platform using the strength of social media to revolutionise and speed up the recruitment process and so Scottish Plant and Operators was born. Since its inception the company boasts it has a total of 81000 followers on facebook with this number rising on a daily and weekly basis.

“We have at least 40 large companies operating a whole range of plant advertising with us on a regular basis,” says Stewart. “The on line adverts are widely viewed and we estimate to have had over 100000 views so far. There’s a huge demand and this method of recruiting good quality operators and fitters, welders – you name it, is proving very successful.”

“We now have seven excavators, a dozer, screens and crushers along with some items of smaller plant. One of our main reasons for choosing another Volvo is thanks to the after sales service and support we receive from Volvo’s customer support centre in Stirling. Yes we had some issues with the EC220D but the team at Volvo stood by the machine and looked after our interests and this speaks real volumes,” he says.

“The plant industry is a people business and we like to deal with the people we know and can trust.”