Jones Bros 'tool-up' for Caernarfon bypass project
The company has spent nearly £10m on bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks
Civil engineering firm Jones Bros has 'tooled-up' in a record investment as they prepare to take part in some of the region's biggest highways construction projects.
The Ruthin based company has spent £9.8m on new heavy plant – buying 50 new vehicles.
This sets them up for the construction of the £90m Bontnewydd-Caernarfon by-pass and they also hope to get a slice of the road investment around the multi-billion pound Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey.
Owner and chairman, Huw Jones, said the order reflected the company's busy forward order book which will keep the firm's 350 workers busy.
The deal includes 35-tonne excavators, bulldozers and articulated dump trucks for the firm which already boasts the UK's largest heavy plant fleet.
Jones Bros chairman Huw Jones (left) Economy Secretary Ken Skates and Jones Bros director Ruth Jones
It is the biggest single investment in the company's 60-year history and they will take delivery during 2017.
The firm is currently on standby to start construction of the Bontnewydd-Caernarfon by-pass, in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty.
It has also won a place on the framework for contractors to deliver the highway work for Wylfa Newydd.
The investment was welcomed by Welsh Government Economy Secretary Ken Skates, during a visit to the firm.
He said: "The need for innovation and ambition in Welsh businesses is higher than ever before.
"I am delighted that Jones Bros is investing £9.8m in new civil engineering heavy plant equipment here in North Wales.
"This is a great sign of the company's confidence in the economy and its own expansion plans, and we will continue to explore ways of working with the company to support their ambitions for growth."
Of the 350 workers employed by Jones Bros, more than 90 per cent of whom are local to North Wales.
Mr Jones said: "Almost half of the new plant we are buying will be additions to our fleet, to give us capacity to fulfil new orders."