Ripon MP, Julian Smith, has visited Econ Engineering to see first-hand production of its ‘hotbox’ road maintenance vehicles.
Mr Smith, who last visited the business seven years ago, was given a tour of the factory by its directors, as well as being appraised of recent contract wins, investment in North Yorkshire and the opening of two new bases in Scotland and Wales.
Whilst Econ is best known for its bright yellow and orange gritters, it is also a key player in the production of highway maintenance vehicles used in patching and repairing crumbling road surfaces.
In order to keep up with demand from councils and highways authorities for its ‘hotboxes’, it recently added another production line, meaning it is now able to manufacture more than 100 hotboxes each year, an increase of 30 per cent from two years ago.
Econ’s single or twin chamber hotbox lorries keep asphalt workable for longer, meaning road repair crews can fill more potholes without having to return to base because their material is no longer usable.
Beverley Shepherd, Econ Engineering Finance Director, said: “I’d like to thank Mr Smith for taking time out of his diary to visit Econ Engineering, and to see for himself our hotboxes in production.
“We also showed him a range of gritters, including the largest permitted on UK roads, which are heading to Scotland this autumn.
“In addition to a tour of the factory, Mr Smith was interested to hear about us opening satellite engineering hubs in Alloa, Scotland, and the Welsh capital of Cardiff, and investment in new equipment and innovations, here, in Ripon.”