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1st Volvo excavator for Thompson’s of Prudhoe

Thompson’s of Prudhoe, Northumberland has purchased its first Volvo excavator

Thompson’s of Prudhoe, Northumberland has purchased its first Volvo excavator which takes charge of prime extraction duties at the company’s Bishop Middleham Quarry located in Co. Durham

Whilst Thompson’s of Prudhoe are not strangers to Volvo Construction Equipment products, having operated articulated haulers for many years, the purchase of a Volvo thirty six tonne EC360CL is a new departure for the company. Bought purely on the machine specification and overall package on offer from Volvo the EC360C has gone to work loading blasted dolomitic limestone into trucks at the company’s Bishop Middleham Quarry. Within a short space of time the excavator will be teamed up with two new A35E Volvo articulated haulers that are currently on order. Besides hauling rock to the plant for crushing, the trucks will perform a secondary role in hauling waste to another part of the site which is being used for landfill. Between them the machines will be expected to produce around 500,000 tonnes of extracted material from the quarry. Both the excavator and haulers will be serviced and maintained by Volvo service engineers, with Volvo’s blue customer service agreements offering the care and peace of mind Thompson’s are looking for.

Commenting on the deal, Director and third generation member of the family run business John Thompson Junior said; “We enjoy a strong relationship with the local team from Volvo and have been impressed with their level of care and support over the years. With this in mind we felt pretty confident in investing in the Volvo excavator product for the first time and so far we’ve been pleased with our decision.”

The EC360C is powered by a 12 litre Volvo Tier III low emission engine developing 250 net hp. Coupled to the innovative to the “Integrated work mode control “ hydraulic system the machine delivers high productivity, high digging capacity precision and above all excellent fuel economy.

Founded in 1948 and celebrating 60 years in business as of the 1st January 2008, Thompson’s of Prudhoe is the north's leading demolition and earthworks contractor. From its company headquarters at Low Prudhoe in Northumberland, Thompson’s also manages the operation of four quarries, four waste disposal sites and three recycling centres across Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and Tyne & Wear.

Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd market wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo Compact Equipment and Volvo road machinery products. Nine strategically placed customer support centres and a network of compact equipment dealers ensure high quality customer support throughout Great Britain.