Two outgoing – or in Volvo parlance ‘Classic’ Volvo FH-500 6×2 tractor units and a Volvo FL-240 18-tonne 4×2 GVW rigid dray vehicle have joined the fleet of Black Sheep Brewery.
Following an evaluation programme involving several truck manufacturers, the Yorkshire brewery – which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 – has restructured its transport fleet to reduce operating costs and improve vehicle uptime.
The trucks were sourced from Crossroads Truck and Bus at Boroughbridge. All are on Volvo Repair and Maintenance contracts with the trucks being dropped off at the dealership for scheduled ‘O’-Licence inspections at 6pm, ready for collection by 6am the following morning.
Black Sheep Brewery’s Production Director Alan Dunn and Andy Wallace, who is Transport & Distribution Supervisor, report that the company was attracted to Volvo by the reputation for good fuel economy and overall operating costs.
“As part of the evaluation process,” says Dunn, “Crossroads and Volvo Financial Services provided the most competitive purchase cost and source of lease purchase funding.”
Crossroads are also carrying out trailer maintenance for Black Sheep Brewery. In addition to ambient trailers, the trailer fleet includes a Lawrence David chilled curtainsider which doubles up as a mobile bar for use at outdoor shows, such as The Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate.