WITH 30 PRIME MOVERS AND OVER 70 TRAILERS, DONNELL & ELLIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST HEAVY HAULAGE FLEETS IN IRELAND. MANAGING DIRECTOR WILLIAM DONNELL GAVE DECLAN MCGINN THE INSIDE STORY ON THE RISE AND PROGRESSION OF THIS FLOURISHING BUSINESS.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
In 1990 William Donnell was working as an engineer at a quarry crusher and screening machine manufacturer. Recognising an opportunity, he decided to buy a truck and trailer and offer his services to the company to deliver their products to Ireland, the UK and Europe. Within ten years the fleet had increased to 20 trucks and his customer base had grown exponentially. Strategically based on the outskirts of Omagh in Co. Tyrone, Donnell & Ellis is close to three of the top quarry machine manufacturers in the sector providing transport services for all of them. Added to this are regular deliveries of portable cabins, concrete beam structures, airport accessories - such as passenger aircraft stairways as well as aircraft body parts and wings - for other customers.