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Montgomery Transport celebrate 45 years in business

Montgomery Transport, part of the Ballyvesey Holdings Group, started trading in 1970 with one tractor unit, and has now expanded to develop its full load, distribution, refrigerated, bulk tanker and warehousing services throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Now in their 45th year Montgomery celebrate in style with Golden Griffin number 45, delivered by our Trafford Park depot.

Pictured West Pennine Trucks, MD, Steve Howard and Montgomery Transport, Operations Director, Nigel Moore.

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Montgomery Transport Group Staff Climb Slieve Donard

A group of Montgomery Transport Group staff recently decided to attempt climbing Northern Ireland’s highest mountain Slieve Donard (850m) in aid of popular yardman Kevin Gallagher who has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Kevin has begun treatment and remains upbeat and positive about the challenge he has in front of himself and his family so the challenge of the climb in front of the staff members was nothing in comparison to what he faces

Throughout the discussions it was left in no doubt that Operations Manager Steven McBride was going to be the ideal man to lead us to top. A date of Sunday 8th March was set and preparations soon began with staff members searching ebay for the correct footwear, clothing and most importantly a ‘selfie stick’ that would help us all reach the Summit with as much ease as possible. An eager bunch of potential mountaineers started to put their names in the hat and in the end we ended up with 11 climbers who were to face the challenge

The staff met at Donard Park in Newcastle on Sunday 8th March at 06.45hrs to start the climb at 07:00hrs. On arrival it was clear to see that this was most definitely a group of amateur climbers, there was even one person who looked more like a Welsh miner than a climber but we won’t mention any names! Soon after departure it was clear to see that it had been underestimated how difficult it was going to be. After a few minutes we had named our first rock (Kyles’ Rock), as this was the end for one of our climbers as he decided after 39 steps it wasn’t for him and after a quick check up from our self proclaimed camera man and leader he returned to the car park!

Onwards and upwards the remaining 10 plodded and it wasn’t long until the group out in front reached the aptly named ‘devils staircase.’ This is where it all became apparent that this wasn’t going to be the easy climb we had predicted sitting at our desks. Unfortunately this is where we lost our leader and designated cameraman for the challenge as even after much encouragement he decided it was time to turn back and another rock was named (McBrides rock). Upon reflection he believed the climb was made harder for our ‘leader and cameraman’ because of the large lunch he had packed and has threatened to return in the coming weeks to complete the challenge

At 550m the group finally reached the Mourne wall and regrouped, refuelled and refocused on making it to the top. Setting off on the final climb the wind picked up from behind and basically carried the remaining 9 climbers and 2 dogs made it to the top where they enjoyed a very well deserved break and some refreshments

The way down was a lot more relaxed and jovial and everyone was back in the car park by 1030am. The staff who took part thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and while there were a few sore bodies the next day it was a great achievement for all those who took part. We would like to thank everyone who contributed either by climbing or donating, it is very much appreciated. A fantastic total of £775 was raised.

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New Business Wins for Montgomery Transport Group

Montgomery Distribution from Thursday 26th February have been awarded the UK & Ireland pallet distribution traffic for Exertis UK. Exertis is one of the largest technology distributors in the UK & Ireland, supplying all the major retailers as well as public and private sector businesses; the contract will see Montgomery’s collect and deliver over 22,000 pallets a year from sites in Accrington & Kettering, with departure times as late as 21:45 for next day delivery across the UK as well as Northern Ireland and Dublin.

Montgomery Transport are delighted to announce a new 3 year contract with Coillte Panel Products with loads commencing from the 11th February. Coillte is a commercial company operating in forestry, renewable energy and panel products. The company employs approx 1000 people and was established in 1988. It owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 7% of the land cover of Ireland. Lindy Duff, Distribution Manager for Coillte Panel Products says, “Based on recommendations we received we have awarded Montgomery Transport between 24 – 30 full loads per week and we look forward to working with such a professional transport company”. The consignments will be collected from two locations, notably Medite in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary and Smartply, Slieverue, Co Waterford and will be distributed throughout the UK.