CHIPPINDALE PLANT LTD HISTORY
Company formed by Wilfred Chippindale with £100 working from home selling concrete mixers and scaffolding
Rented first depot at Barrack Street Leeds 7. Set on first fitter Jack Ellis and bought first new van a 2 cylinder Jowett. Took on Wickham and Alcon Pump Agency
Brian Chippindale joined having done an engineering course at Wickham Engineering and 2 Years National Service. Took on Multico Woodmaking Machinery
Gordon Chippindale joined having done and engineering course at Alcon Pumps and 2 Years National Service. Sold our first Thwaites Dumper and Bristol Compressor. Hired first piece of plant which was a Thwaites Dumper
Bought our first premises at St Ann's Works Kirkstall Leeds 5. Took on Bristol Crawler Tractors and sold 32 Units in the first 12 months.
Started selling Green Rollers
Both the Hire and Sales rapidly increased in the next few years the fleet comprising of mixers, dumpers, and pumps up to 6". Hoists and vibrating rollers
Moved to Butterbowl Works Leeds 12 which is still the main head office.
Opened first Depot in Doncaster, which always struggled and was a good lesson for the future. Closed two years later. The hire fleet still rapidly expanded over the next few years
Started new Depot in Keighley. All vans and trucks and cars had radiotelephones installed. Only the second hire company in Yorkshire.
Sold our first Mini Excavator
Company went computerized which was on of the first in Yorkshire
Nigel Chippindale joined the company after serving an apprenticship as a motor vehicle mechanic and gaining a HND in Business Management
Company name changed to Chippindale Plant Ltd
Wilfred Chippindale the founder of the company died
Offered Pel-Job Excavators and became the main distributor for Yorkshire. Pel-Job was later taken over by VOLVO who improved the range substantially
Gordon Chippindale died, his son Peter joined the company having done an engineering degree at Sheffield and working in Libya
Brian Chippindale retired
Appointed Bomag and Atlas Copco distributors, which increased sales dramatically. 50 Years in business was celebrated at the Great Yorkshire Show
Mechplant, based at York, was bough together with their Wakefield Depot.
Catterick Depot opened
Huddersfield Hire Centre bought
Wakefield Depot relocated to Sheffield
60 Years in business
Newcastle Depot purchased from Ambrose Hire