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23/06/2015

Three Peaks Success for Power Towers: a long journey…

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May 30th, 17.06 British Summertime was the official starting time for the 16 strong Power Towers 3 Peaks Challenge team. The starting point was the visitor car park at the foot of Ben Nevis and even though the forecast was rain the weather was good, the sun shining; almost a perfect evening.

The challenge had stated almost 36 hours earlier when the 16 departed Power Towers’ Wigston factories on a coach to Luton airport, then a flight to Inverness and finally a bus to Fort William.

After enjoying the delights of Fort William overnight and through the next day it was time to double check kit lists (warm layers, complete dry change, waterproofs) and food supplies (flapjack, cereal, energy bars, more snacks, red bull, carb. drinks, water and more water) & medical kit for the challenge ahead. All checked, we were starting to get excited, nervous, even apprehensive.  Finally would the two mini-buses turn up, our transport between mountains for the next 24 hours or so? At 4pm they did, we all loaded back packs and bulk supplies and we were off to the Ben Nevis visitor car park for the team photo, safety briefing and start; nervous and excited.

17.06, 6 minutes later than planned but fine, stopwatch on I-Phone running; 24 hours the target.

Schedule: 5 hours for Ben Nevis, 6 hours transition and minibus journey to Scafell Pike, 4 hours for Scafell, 4.5 hours minibus to Snowden, 4.5 hours for Snowdon, finish time 17.06 May 31st; a big day. Back to work the next day, Monday 1st June, another big day…

Ben Nevis started well and warm but with 300 vertical metres to the summit we hit the snowline and it was cold and the walk got steeper and harder through 2 metres of compacted snow.  Hard work for most, really hard work for some. But the view is great and it’s all worth it; a surreal snowscape, we felt on top of the world. This was the toughest of the 3 Peaks we told ourselves and we were nearly there. The snow seemed to go on forever and it was like walking in deep sand up a sand dune (or deep snow up a mountain) Keep right we were warned; keep away from the overhanging snow cornices and the fatal shear drop. Finally we were there, cold and tired, handshakes and hugs a couple of photos, flapjack, snacks, water and then straight back down. 15 minutes behind schedule!  We hurried down; the thick snow was easier on the way down, the thinner snow treacherous further down. It was finally getting dark but the views still fantastic in that magic light between day and night. One or two trips & falls on the descent, people getting tired, it’s approaching 22.06, 5 hours gone and still not quite back to the car park where the minibuses await. Finally 22.20 and all down, slow transition, inexperience telling, 10.40 before we’re on the road to Scafell! Now we’re up against it.

The journey was winding and long and boring.  Difficult to sleep, impossible to sleep for very long; a few minutes for some, a ½ hour for others. We make a toilet/fuel stop at Ecclefechan. Too long we think! We arrive at Wasdale Head car park at 04.40am, it’s light and the forecast is wind & rain; the forecast is right. We drag waterproofs on to tired bodies and stiff limbs, enthusiasm is dampened.

Within ½ mile we’re all wondering why we were at the base of Scafell Pike in driving rain with 4 hours of hell ahead of us.  But this was a challenge and it was for charity (Alzheimer’s Society.) 

We head forward, heads down to slow rain getting past our hoods and hats.  But it’s really hard work for everyone; we follow several rock paths that today are streams, our boots are already waterlogged.  We cross a couple of raging streams/rivers and now our waterproofs are waterlogged. We head into the low cloud and start to pick our way through the many boulder fields as we head to the summit, we’re spread out now and you can’t see more than 50 metres ahead.  ‘What are we doing here?’ most of us are thinking. Some found it a strange kind of fun; ‘it’s not really difficult, just uncomfortable.’  We reach the peak and it’s an even quicker turn around.  We pick our way back down, the small wet rocks are treacherous, we all need to concentrate, but we’re all tired and it’s not fair.  And we’re further behind time. And people are deflated. Can’t make it now in 24, most people think. Today Scafell is harder than Ben Nevis, that’s for sure. But we are down and no injuries; one to go, quick transition.  We’re on the road to Snowdon by 10.30. Still possible, a few of us think.  Still no sleep we change into dry clothes or drier clothes, boots still wet.  More sweet food, more water, we arrive at Llanberis at 14.10 and the weather is good, cloudy but sunny. Out of the buses and ready, every man and woman for themselves on Snowdon; we had 2h 50mins to be up and down. Two would break 24 hours, a few would come very close and all would finish under 25h 45mins. 

And so it was finished; Power Tower’s 3 peaks challenge 2015 was over with no serious injuries: some had pushed themselves further than they ever had before, or ever wanted to, all would have tried their best and achieved more than they had before; and in that we shared.  Right then we didn’t want to see another mountain or another challenge!  But now, 24 hours later we think… maybe next year!

What an achievement - Well done to everyone!

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03/06/2015

JLG AQUIRES POWER TOWERS Could this be another 'special relationship'?

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Partnerships and friendships can be fragile as well as special, but for the founding partners of Power Towers, Brian King and Mark Richardson, their strength  has always been in their close bond. Together in the access industry for almost 30 years, virtually since the commencement of their working days, it was inevitable that at some stage they would harness their combined knowledge and form a business that would go from strength to strength.

And so it was in 2006, that Brian, Mark and Brian’s wife Sandra founded Power Towers Ltd, in the corner of a seed processing plant in Desford, Leicester!

From those humble beginnings, the first product, the Power Tower, was developed and built by a couple of guys fighting through the seed dust, with production hitting around 20 machines per month. Fast forward 8 years and Power Towers has moved twice and now occupies 30,000 sq ft and has an output of over 350 products/month, increasing monthly to meet the huge, and rapidly increasing, global hunger for Low-Level Powered Access (LLPA).

Brian stated “The overriding quest has always been, understand the applications, listen to the users and our customers and design and produce an ‘all you need in low-level powered access’ range of products. Each of our range of 7 products are class leading with a build quality that is second to none. This firmly plants us as market leaders with over 12,000 units sold and in use around the world to date.”

In recognition of the innovative design and engineering that characterizes Power Towers’ products, the company has won several awards including Product of the Year, International Association of Powered Access (IAPA) and Rental Product of the Year by the European Rental Association (ERA), for their ‘Non-Powered Powered Access’* product, the power free and eco-friendly Pecolift.

Great products played a huge part in the success but as Brian is keen to emphasise, “let’s not forget our people; much of where we are today can genuinely be attributed to the quality of our workforce. Power Towers has an excellent team that share a principled desire to produce the best products. But I have to pay particular honour to Sandra, she has managed the administration and operational side of the business to an exemplary level and we truly would not be where we are now without her and her team’s excellent work.”

Evidence of this success inevitably made the company an attractive proposition, particularly for a company that saw the rapidly increasing demand for LLPA and wanted a slice of the action, fast. JLG had one such sector missing from its product portfolio. Not only was it keen to deliver that missing segment, but needed a company that fitted to its own strengths and values too. Power Towers in turn needed a bigger player to help accelerate its production and distribution plans and with distribution and support in most corners of the world, JLG seemed like an obvious choice.

So on 1st  June, the partnership was born and Power Towers became part of the JLG group, with a deal that retained the strengths and ideals of a small company but harnessed the huge distribution network and financial backing of a global company.

Karel Huijser, JLG’s vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said Power Towers’ track record of innovation and the people behind the company were key to the deal, and added that JLG would be extremely careful with its new acquisition; “We were looking for a pioneer in the low level access space…you can be arrogant and say, ‘we can handle this ourselves’, but it is the people behind the product that are important. Product innovation is a very important part of this deal and will stay, and maybe we can accelerate that.

“We’re going to be very careful with all the decisions we make…Power Towers has been so successful, we want to make sure that continues.”

Brian described the two companies as a “perfect fit”, and said he and fellow directors and designer Mark Richardson and Sandra King, would remain with the business “for at least five years, maybe longer”. He said the jobs of the company’s 28 staff were secure as was the future of the two manufacturing facilities, and indeed more jobs will be created in the not too distant future.

“Mark and I are keen to stress we’re not intending to retire yet, we have many ideas we want to see to fruition and we fully intend to develop and market innovative LLPA products for many years to come and indeed have new products about to be launched in the coming months.

So despite the new ownership, Power Towers will remain true to its founding principles and ethos of producing the best LLPA machines and is still keen to emphasise its mantra “Work Smart – Power Towers, all you need in Low-Level Powered Access!”

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02/07/2014

Pecolift wins best Rental product at ERA awards!

Following a huge attendance to our stand at APEX 2014 this year, the evening's food, entertainment and awards was welcomed, albeit with baited breath at the possibility of winning another award for our highly acclaimed and successful Pecolift. A diverse cross section of 10 judges evaluated the Pecolift. The judges commented, “This is the type of product that rental companies are looking for, with a low cost of maintenance, easy to operate and designed for rental. These factors have meant that it has quickly gained acceptance in the market.”

Another ringing endorsement for a great product. If you haven't seen one yet, we can demonstrate throughout the UK and Europe, give us a call or book through the Pecolift website. www.pecolift.com

 

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26/06/2014

Skegness Biking Challenge - We did it!

Leaving Leicester.,

As some of our customers and suppliers already know, twelve of the Power Towers Team got on their bikes on Saturday 7th June 2014 for a fun day out cycling from Leicester to Skegness and back!  Our bike challenge was in aid of various charities, predominately Children with Cancer UK, along with the Alzheimer’s Society and Rainbows Children’s Hospice, a local Leicestershire charity. 

Despite the awful weather (torrential rain for 3 hours), a couple of broken ribs and a broken bike, we did all make it to Skegness….  and the sun finally came out to greet us! 

The Team would like to say a huge thank you to all who supported us with your very generous donations.  Power Towers are donating an additional £2 for every £1 raised and we estimate the grand total raised will be in excess of £15,000.  

So thanks again and we look forward to next year’s challenge (yet to be decided?!)



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Marketing Team
21/05/2014

Increasing our fan base at Vertikal!

The great weather and possibly the free hog roast, brought a huge attendance to the Vertikal show this year. Intrigued, interested and curious described many of our visitors, and a final quest for the ultimate in Low-level Access Machines described the others! Among our visitors was a time served and well respected Powered Access man, Alan Howe. Among his interests, Alan administers and manages the Powered Access UK group on LinkedIn. 

Alan was so impressed with our suite of machines, the build quality, the Power Towers ethos and the ingenuity of Pecolift that he felt compelled to leave a few words for us...

'Having now finaly seen the PECOlift first hand and close up at Vertikal Days, it has certainly given me an invigorated respect for Low-Level Powered Access (or non-powered, powered access in the PECOlift's case!) 

The whole ethos and brand of Power Towers / PECOlift are a credit to British ingenuity, engineering and manufacturing. It may be low level but it certainly isn't low-profile by far, it's no wonder it stood out above the rest and won one of the best product awards at the IAPAs.

Well done Martin and Team.'

Thank you Alan, we very much appreciate your support.


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Marketing Team
16/04/2014

PECOLIFT WINS THE VOTE! IAPA Low-level Access Product of the Year 2014

The revolutionary Pecolift has attracted huge attention since its launch some 12 months ago. UK designed and manufactured by Power Towers, with an eco compliant ethos, the Pecolift is battery free, oil free and power free!  

With its unique patented* stored power system, Pecolift converts 10% human energy into the power required to elevate to full working height in just 11 seconds; simply step in and turn the handle! Intuitive, efficient, productive and safe. Pecolift is specified by leading construction and hire companies throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East as the safer, easier, more productive alternative to podiums and steps.

With a pedigree that strong, it’s no wonder that Pecolift has just been honoured by IAPA at the International Awards for Powered Access and voted for by an internationally renowned panel of judges as Low-level Access Product of the Year 2014. 

Pecolift. We call it  ‘Non-Powered, Powered Access.’ ©

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Marketing Team
16/04/2014

The 2015 Guide to Low-level Powered Access.

Fully revised and updated the 2015 Guide to Low-level Powered Access is hot off the press and available to download from this site. Showing the chronology of Low-level Access, the guide gives an insight into why you should be using Low-level Powered Access and the difference between 'Push-Around' and 'Self-Propelled' machines. Additionally a brief look at the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Data sheets giving full specification for each product in the range are included.

Hard copies are available free. Please contact our marketing team on 0116 2001757 or email marketing@powertowers.com

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Marketing Team
21/11/2012

Power Towers for JMS Plant Hire

National plant hire company JMS continues to grow its fleet of low level access platforms.

Mark Jackson from JMS Plant Hire said: "We have purchased additional Power Towers and Nanos to meet growing demand for these products. We offer an extensive range of specialist equipment for the mechanical, electrical, heating and ventilating industries. Our customers demand quality products and these British made platforms tick all the boxes. Power Towers range of low level platforms are proving to be an excellent addition to our hire fleet.

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Marketing Team
27/07/2012

Rapid Platforms add Nano SP Plus to their fleet.

Picture: (LtoR) Martin Cheese of Power Towers with Alistair Jordon of Rapid Plat

UK rental company Rapid platforms have placed initial orders for the Nano SP Plus from Power Towers at the recent Vertikal Days event held in Haydock.


The Nano SP Plus with a working height of 4.5m has a full 1.0m cantilever deck from a compact closed footprint of just 1.2m x 0.75m. Weighing 540kg the SP Plus can safely be used on raised floor areas and is proving to be very popular with retail fit-out and facilities maintenance contractors.

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27/07/2012

Nanos for Hi-Reach

Picture: Brian King of Power Towers and Paul Richards of Hi-Reach seal the deal

UK based Hi-Reach is adding Power Tower Nanos to extend it’s fleet of low-level Powered Access platforms.


Hi-Reach owner Paul Richards placed the significant order for push around Nano’s at the recent Vertikal Days event in Haydock.With a working height of 4.5m and a total weight of just 285kg, the heavy duty Nano maximises platform size from a small footprint, giving the operator more room to work.

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