TRANSPORT MANAGER OF RENOWNED SCOTTISH HEAVY HAULIER CADZOW HEAVY HAULAGE, JIM RITCHIE, TALKS TO KEVIN SWALLOW ABOUT CONTINUED INVESTMENT, ONGOING PROJECTS IN A POTENTIALLY CONTRACTING MARKET AND OPERATING ISSUES CAUSED BY MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH THE UK ROAD NETWORK.
PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVE MCCANN
It’s been more than three years since we last visited the company. Obviously the loss in February 2016 of Jim Macauley, managing director and founder of the heavy haulage operation, continues to be deeply felt by all concerned – he was one of the industry’s most respected and forward thinking individuals. Today his widow Marion, director/company secretary and daughters Elizabeth and Margaret, both directors, continue to build on his legacy. The operation continues apace from the Forrest Street, Blantyre site, with 20 employees and a modern fleet of trucks and trailers.
The company continues to invest for the future, despite the political and economic uncertainty that affects the country at present. Long serving transport manager, Jim Ritchie brought us up to date and gave his view of the heavy transport market. “There’s a lot of uncertainty at the moment, there are very few large infrastructure projects on the go at present, 2018 was tough for almost everybody in the industry. Plans for two nuclear power stations were cancelled last year, the £16 billion project by Hitachi in North Wales and a new power station in Cumbria backed by Toshiba. Only EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, which started construction in 2016 and expected to be operational between 2025 and 2027, is on the go.