Briggs Equipment has completed the acquisition of Galway Plant and Tool Hire (GPT), one of Ireland’s largest and most successful plant, commercial vehicle and tool hire specialists.

Operating from eight sites throughout the Republic of Ireland, GPT employs more than 90 people and has delivered a trademark, high-quality service to customers since 1969. This acquisition will see Briggs Equipment established as the largest plant hire company in Ireland and will help bolster its equipment fleet and increase coverage across the country.

A key part of GPT’s business is its Commercial Vehicle Hire division. This is a new market for Briggs and provides an exciting opportunity to further enhance its service and deliver greater choice to its customers in Ireland.

Peter Jones, Briggs Equipment’s Group Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Galway Plant and Tool Hire into the Briggs Equipment Group. Their extensive fleet of 2,800 plant assets and 1,900 commercial vehicles and dedicated expert people will allow us to significantly increase and improve the quality and diversity of our service offering throughout Ireland.”

“In recent years we have continued to deliver on our strategic acquisition strategy, which has enabled us to increase our presence within key markets to the point where we are now the largest plant and tool hire company in Ireland.”

Jim Hughes, Galway Plant and Tool Hire’s Founder and Director, added: “I am extremely proud of the success that GPT has had in the marketplace over the past 53 years. Following extensive discussions with Briggs Equipment, I am happy that they are an excellent fit to continue to grow and develop this business into the future.

“I’d like to thank the Briggs team for their co-operation and transparency throughout the acquisition process. Moving forward, Enda Eiffe will become sole Managing Director and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the business and ensure a smooth transition into the Briggs Equipment Group.”