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HireQuip Christchurch Anouncement

HireQuip Christchurch Anouncement


The past eighteen months have been a period of great uncertainty for everyone living and conducting business in the Christchurch area following the devastating and ongoing earthquakes.

As a committed and responsible market leader in the hire industry, Hirequip realises the equipment and services we provide are vitally important to our customers and the local communities. To this end we assure you we remain driven to not only maintaining current levels of support but more importantly increasing them to meet the additional demands placed upon us all to resurrect our city.

Having consulted and reviewed the structures many of our key clients are implementing and the strong belief that there is a need to have a more concentrated focus on the Christchurch area, we see the benefits of treating Christchurch as a "Project" for the period of the rebuild. This will allow us to assess its needs individually, allowing the team to make informed and innovative decisions based on the demands driven by our customers in the area. Thus we have updated our "Christchurch Earthquake Plan" to reflect this, and accordingly have two important initiatives to announce.

The first is that to better support the communities of the Eastern suburbs, the smaller contractors working in these areas and our key clients heavily involved in the rebuild, we are opening a new branch in the heart of this area. The branch is located in Ruru Rd, just off Dyers Road and will be fully operational by 2 April 2012. This branch is critical to our ongoing support of our customers and those in this heavily affected area.

The second initiative in our plan relates to the management structure within the Christchurch region. Currently Ant Smit (Regional Manager) and Pete Ydgren (Regional Sales Manager) share the management of the South Island branch network by way of operations and sales. To ensure all customers and staff are fully supported and all opportunities are maximized, Pete Ydgren will take on a newly created role of "Project Director" and will be responsible for both Sales and Operations within the Christchurch region. Ant Smit will further extend his responsibilities outside of Christchurch to also include sales activities around the balance of our branches throughout the South Island. Coupled with this responsibility, Ant will also continue his role of National Events Manager.

These proactive changes will provide us certainty that we're identifying, planning and supporting the wide range of demands and opportunities associated with the Christchurch rebuild, whilst continuing to provide full support outside of the Christchurch area.

We trust you see the additional benefits of this initiative and wish to thank all of our clients both in and outside the Christchurch area for your valued support in assisting with the current and ongoing challenges associated with the devastation in Christchurch. With your ongoing support and these key initiatives we're confident that we will continue to play a key role in supporting the rebuild of the city.

ENDS

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