Businesses collaborate to create custom vehicles

Local businesses have combined to create custom-built vehicles for industry, ensuring satisfied customers.

The venture between OGR, Pratt Welding and Fabrication and Hyland Fox Signs has seen two tailor-made trade vehicles designed from the ground up, pulling together specific features.

The latest collaboration saw I&D Contracting receive two custom Mazda BT-50s, supplied by OGR, with the trays built by Pratt Welding and Fabrication and finished off with sign writing by Hyland Fox.

The team work started when I&D Contracting’s Daryl Prunnell liked the look of a BT-50 dual cab in the OGR yard a few months ago, but preferred a custom alloy tray.

OGR’s Daryl Hillier had seen Pratt Welding and Fabrication’s custom trays online and approached Joe Pratt to see if he could build one for the vehicles.

“I’d seen Joe’s quality workmanship and felt confident that he could design and build a tray for Daryl which would meet his needs,” he said.

“At OGR we pride ourselves on working with our customers to ensure they get the perfect vehicle they require, we go above and beyond just simply selling a vehicle.

“It was great to be able to bring other local businesses in to work together for a common good and I’m just pleased that Daryl and his team have driven away completely satisfied with the vehicles they ordered.

“Joe Pratt has since built several more specialist trays for us.”

Mr Pratt said he took great pride in his local, family-run business.

“We are a small family run business now employing one other person and I have spent the last 12 years perfecting my trade,” he said.

“Our business now specialises in aluminium trays and canopies, which we can adapt to customers’ needs.

“We pride ourselves on delivering high quality products built tough and made to last.”

Hyland Fox Signs owner David Fox said his business added the finishing touches to the I&D Contracting vehicles, with professional sign-writing.’

“We take great delight in finishing off someone’s commercial vehicle, working with the client to ensure their branding is delivered to their specifications,” he said.

“We have an established reputation for excellence and we can provide with the most marketable design and sign solution to enhance any company’s professional image.”

Mr Prunell, who has a long history with OGR, said the purchase of the two new Mazda BT-50s formed an exciting part of his company’s strategic growth into the traffic management sector.

“We are fully focussed on providing professional services to our clients, we are very proud to be part of the Limestone Coast. We do not have to pretend to be local, we are local, we enjoy servicing local businesses and we purchase local,” he said.

“We needed to ensure we bought the best vehicles for our team of experienced professionals, who provide services in slashing, mulching, access pruning and traffic management.

“There we needed specialist vehicles with specific features to be able to transport our equipment.

“The new trays include an inset sliding drawer under the main tray which will be used to carry our saws in a safe and practical manner. Including details like that shows the benefits of working together to design particular work vehicles.”

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