Econ Engineering appoints new supply chain manager

Gareth Evans

A North Yorkshire gritter manufacturer has appointed a new supply chain manager.

Gareth Evans has joined family-owned, Econ Engineering, from a Teesside business manufacturing parts for off-shore wind turbines where he was its senior buyer.

Ripon based Econ makes more than 80 per cent of the winter maintenance repair vehicles used on Britain’s roads, and has recently opened satellite engineering hubs in Alloa, Scotland, and in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

In his role with Econ, Gareth will be responsible for the ordering of some 50,000 individual components including chassis, pumps, valves and cables.

His buying experience comes from working in the automotive, food, engineering and chemical sectors. One of his previous employers was earthmoving-vehicle manufacturer, Caterpillar.

Gareth Evans said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as Econ’s new supply chain manager. Having worked in the automotive industry previously, it’s brilliant to be back in it.

“Whilst Econ is best known for manufacturing gritters, it also makes a host of other highway maintenance vehicles, in particular its ‘hot boxes’, which are predominantly used by road crews repairing potholes.

“Efficient and effective procurement and supply chain functions are vital cogs in the smooth running of the Econ business, ensuring the vehicles are made to the client’s exact specifications, and roll off the production line on time.”

Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering Operations Director, said: “Gareth is a very welcome addition to the Econ team, and he brings with him a wealth of experience gained from a variety of different sectors.”

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