Isle of Wight-based construction equipment hirer Reynolds & Read has celebrated its 36th anniversary with a move to new headquarters and its largest acquisition to date of CASE Construction machines.

The company has moved from its depot at Blackwater Garage in Newport to its new headquarters at Brickfields in Binstead which at nine acres is 12 times the size of its ¾-acre predecessor.

With 50% of their business being plant hire (30% of that operated and 20% self-drive), the company is currently busy carrying out groundworks for supermarket sites in Newport and Shanklin Lake, and for the island’s premier holiday camp business.

It is all a far cry from 1981 when Paul Reynolds and Geoff Reynolds (now retired) started the business with a digger and a truck from a site in Gunville. A couple of site moves and an additional 40 staff later, business is booming with a total of 24 lorries and more than 50 items of plant to help meet demand.

Every time they purchase a CASE Construction machine from Winchester-based BPMS Ltd, who are just 34 miles away as the crow flies, it is a minimum five-hour journey by road and sea … and that is just one way!

One of Reynolds & Read’s 20+ drivers will collect the CASE machine from BPMS in Otterbourne, Winchester, and transport it on a 44-tonne, 17m low-loader to Southampton Docks for the one-hour ferry crossing of the notoriously busy Solent to East Cowes, and then onto whichever one of Reynolds and Reads’ five sites on the island it is required at.

Most recently it was actually four vehicles – three CX130C 13-tonne excavators and a CX210C 21-tonne excavator – which brought Reynolds & Read’s portfolio of CASE machines to a total of nine. They also have a CX35B 3.5-tonne mini excavator, two CX210B 21-tonne excavators and two other CX210C excavators.

“Obviously it is a lot more difficult than if we were based on the mainland but we do it all the time so we have it down to a fine art now. We make the journey most days.” says Paul’s son Kieron Reynolds.

“Having said that, there have been a few occasions when the ferry has been delayed because of the weather but over 36 years, that’s not too much to complain about.”

“It is also good to have a local dealer so close to us who offers the complete package of sales, service and parts, although we haven’t very often called on the latter two elements as the CASE machines are so reliable. BPMS understand the logistics are more challenging for us and have always been very supportive in all the years we have been doing business with them.”

“Helping Reynolds & Read to get their new CASE acquisitions to site undamaged in the most trying of conditions is a challenge we have been happy to help them overcome!” says BPMS sales director Sam Edwards.