Airdrie firm appoints ‘Scotland’s oldest’ construction plant sales chief

AN Airdrie-based plant and tool hire business has appointed a 78-year-old believed to be the oldest sales person in the Scottish plant hire sector.

Arvill Plant and Tool Hire has named construction industry veteran Eddie McLean as a sales executive at the company to help attract new clients. He is working with commercial director Hayley Shevill and has already made his mark by helping to secure a number of deals.

Eddie said, “At my age and having worked in the sector for so long, I know most of the people in the business and am delighted to bring my connections to a firm which has long set the pace in plant hire across Scotland.”

Edinburgh-born Eddie, who lives in Bathgate, worked in the oil shale mines after leaving school in the mid-1950s. He later worked in construction on motorway projects and gained a heavy goods licence to work as a lorry driver.

He joined the plant hire sector in 1962 with Fidelity of Airdrie, where he spent 26 years. He also worked with Nixon Hire.

Eddie was persuaded to join Arvill by owner and MD Arthur Shevill. Arthur explained, “The whole team is delighted that Eddie has agreed to come on board. He has an unrivalled track record, he keeps his word, he has an excellent reputation in the industry and he knows how everything works.

“To indicate how valuable his contribution will be, he has already secured deals with Fankerton Plant, RJ McLeod, Marshall Plant, CM Steel, Front Line Construction, Advance Construction and Dem-Master.”

Eddie, who has three daughters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, says he “has no intention of retiring”.