GD Harries was established in 1977 by Gerald and Valerie Harries, and is now run by the current managing director, Ian Harries, and his wife Julie. The company supplies quality aggregates to the construction sector as well as concrete, decorative products and tarmacadam. In addition, it supplies road haulage services, civil engineering and plant hire plus on site crushing and screening. All in all, a diverse range of products and services.
The company has taken delivery of three Scania vehicles from Keltruck: two P410CB8X4MHZ day cabs with Bulkrite insulated aluminium bodies fitted with Edbro front end tipping gear, and a G450CB6X4MHZ tipper fitted with a VBG drawbar coupling. The deal was completed by Keltruck’s regional general manager, Andrew Long, whose area expands over West and South Wales and the South Midlands region.
Andrew commented, “We have developed a great relationship with GD Harries, as our companies share similar values of constant development of premises, products and services – delivered in a personable business style.”
During my visit, Ian Harries told me that GD Harries has over 240 staff in its local area. One employee is his own daughter, Amy Harries, who passed her HGV class 1 test at eighteen years of age. Amy is currently studying her Certificate of Professional Competence course, which she will put to valuable use within the business. (Ian and Amy Harries, pictured right)
With Ian, I visited one of his numerous quarries: the quarry and concrete plant at Coygen, Laugharne in Carmarthernshire. There, I got to see one of the Scania Euro 6 P410s in action, and I also spotted one of Ian’s Terex® Finlay jaw crushers. Powered by a Scania DS9 engine producing 254kW, this equipment is the backbone of the operation in the quarry.
Terex® Finlay tracked mobile jaw crushers are renowned for their capabilities in the reduction and sizing of aggregates for construction materials, and also recycling construction waste. The Finlay range of jaw crushers are designed to meet the toughest demands of primary crushing applications with their impressive power, reliability and proven performance.
Today, GD Harries runs 50 vehicles. Ian told me about back in 1977, when his father started out with one truck, a Guy Big J 4. Ian used to visit the company when he was as young as ten and help his dad. As a project, Ian is restoring a similar vehicle in the original company designs.
Ian Harries, managing director of GD Harries & Sons Ltd, commented, “Andrew Long (pictured below) has established a good working relationship with us, he has dealt with us with a genuine interest in our business and he has a tremendous insight to what makes us tick. In light of this, we are discussing the acquisition of further units, and I would never hesitate in recommending Andrew and Keltruck to others.”