Earl Transport has continued its long association with TIP Trailer Services with the arrival of 14 new SDC 4.2m curtain-sided trailers.
The trailers have been supplied by TIP on a five-year leasing arrangement to the East Lancashire haulier which also includes full repair and maintenance cover for the duration of the deal.
All 14 trailers are working on a contract for leading UK pet food and healthcare manufacturer Pets Choice who has been a customer of Earl Transport for nearly 40 years.
The new trailers feature a range of striking liveries, each representing different brands in the Pets Choice portfolio.
‘Add extra trailers to their distribution fleet’
The managing director of Earl Transport, Peter Hughes, said: “As part of our ongoing long-term contract with Pets Choice, they approached us to add extra trailers to their distribution fleet to cope with the significant upturn in their business over the last 12 months.
“Without a shadow of doubt and based on our successful long-term experience with them, TIP was the natural choice for us when it came to supplying the new equipment.”
The relationship between TIP and Earl Transport goes back at least 20 years, not just with TIP, but originally with the Bell Trailers business who subsequently became part of the TIP organisation in 2015.
TIP has previously supplied trailers for Pets Choice via Earl Transport, most recently in 2018 when an arrangement for 10 trailers started.
And just like those trailers, the 14 new additions will be maintained by TIP’s local depot in Nelson.
Trailers will operate out of the Pets Choice distribution centre
The new trailers will operate out of the main Pets Choice distribution centre in Blackburn, Lancashire, and will cover approximately 80,000 miles per annum over their five-year working life, alongside the current Pets Choice fleet.
Mr Hughes added: “The partnership with TIP works really well for us. Any request is dealt with quickly and efficiently.
“They are always interested in trying to help us and their positive approach to our business ensures we get the right deal every time.”
Earl Transport currently runs 22 tractor units supporting a fleet of 60 all-curtain sided trailers from its base in Clayton-Le-Moors, near Accrington, Lancashire.
‘Get closely involved with Earl Transport’s operation’
The managing director of TIP Trailer Services UK&I, Mike Furnival, said: ‘With over 20 years’ of experience of their business, we are able to get closely involved with Earl Transport’s operation as they expand their business.
“These latest trailers, in really striking new liveries, reflect the strength of the three-party relationship between us, Earl Transport and Pets Choice, which has ensured that Pets Choice are able to operate their trailers in a manner that meets the needs of their specific operation.”
He added: “We look forward to continuing this relationship for a further five years, and more.”