Loaders (MH) Ltd has been trading since 1960. In the early days the company
was known as Lloyd Excavations & Roadstone Ltd...
Initially the main activities included buying, hauling and selling materials
used in building and construction. Later this developed into excavation of
ash and shale tips, quarrying and the processing of materials arising there
from. A natural progression took the company into demolition, excavation
and plant hire, during the course of which a workshop for the maintenance of
vehicles and plant, together with the gradual building-up of facilities and
equipment came about.
became clear that the workshop facilities and staff were only fully utilised
outside normal hours i.e. nights and weekends, with service and repair
work. Plant was purchased to re-condition or re-build. The company
preferred Chaseside loading shovels which it had tried, tested and
standardised. Initially the machines were intended for our own use but it
soon became obvious we could buy and process machines beyond our
late sixties we were asked by Chaseside to re-build their second hand
machines. This arrangement was successful for a period of two years until
unfortunately the Chaseside Company, which was owned by the sadly ailing
British Northrop, had to be sold. As the purchasers, JCB sold through
agents the second hand machines were not so readily available. Also the
price increases introduced by the new owners impacted on our operation.
Although we still operated a number of Chaseside loaders, an alternative
‘direct sell’ manufacturer was sought. In 1970 the changeover to Muir-Hill,
then owned by Winget Ltd. Of Gloucester, began. By this time the company
had moved to a new twenty-one acre site in Halifax. Re-building, for sale,
continued as before, and being secondary to the company’s main activities.
Coincidentally in 1974 one of the B5000 loaders was actually featured in the
Muir-Hill Sales Courier. Some may still be alarmed by the fact that at the
time it was demolishing a local brewery.
Unfortunately during the second half of the seventies industry was
experiencing a severe decline and we found ourselves, like many other firms,
looking for work in a shrinking market.
the same time, Muir-Hill had just closed their main spares depot at
Altrincham and moved the operation to Gloucester. Owing to this closure our
spare parts customers increased. As a consequence the decision was taken to
repair, overhaul, rebuild and sell Muir-Hills, together with spare parts.
result was that the company continued to trade profitably, although on a
slightly reduced scale, having survived the most prolonged downturn in trade
during its twenty-plus years of existence.
1982 the whole of the Winget group was sold to Wibau of West Germany, a
partially owned subsidiary of IBA, West Germany. We continued as before and
Muir-Hill traded at Gloucester under the title of Wibau-Winget Ltd...
Muir-Hill changes in ownership, since that time, have been well documented.
Eventually in 1991 Muir-Hill was purchased from Aveling–Barford of
Grantham. Since that time several 131 tractors have been manufactured and
sold mainly into the Scandinavian market.
addition to re-conditioning and selling used machines and spare parts
exclusive Muir-Hill merchandise is becoming increasingly popular. There is
also great enthusiasm for early Muir-Hills. Hence we are kept very busy
providing historical details and genuine spare parts. In view of this we
are currently considering producing collectable items. However this does
involve persuading someone to delve through our dusty archives.
Unfortunately we do not have any volunteers at the moment!!