Theft-hit firm’s new beginning

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A VANDALISM and theft-plagued firm is set to expand following a move to new premises.

Nitratec owners lost more than £11,000 in the space of six months at their Henderson Road site after they were targeted by organised thieves and mindless vandals.

At one point, a stack of three large trailers worth £6,000 were stolen - thought to be to order – and customers’ cars were damaged.

More than £1,500 of diesel had also been stolen.

But owner David Butler says the firm is now flourishing after moving to premises on the Hillhouse Industrial Estate at Thornton.

The firm, which carries out vehicle repairs and exports refurbished vehicles to Africa, now has a solid order book and has branched out into new territory.

Mr Butler said: “We’ve had no further problems.

“And I think we’ve turned a corner – we certainly have as far as the amount of grief we were getting is concerned.

“Business is good and it is certainly starting to build again.

“We are very strong in the export market and now we are trying to build our local connections more to let people know what we do here.”

The firm supplies new and used trucks and trailers for the UK and export markets. Its workshop facility refurbishes trailers and carries out DAF truck conversions – from right to left-hand drive.

Mr Butler has now launched a new business from the site – North West Truck Cranes.

He added: “We recently made the acquisition of a lorry-mounted crane – and it has already stated to take off as a business.

“We want to max this crane out first but we have two or three more vehicles we can draw on owned by sub contractors if need be.

“The crane is another string to our bow and a completely new venture to us. We are very hopeful it will expand.