Hitec co-founder Prospero Girardi wins FLTA lifetime achievement award

Prospero Girardi, the co-founder of Hitec Lift Trucks alongside Andy Selbie, has won a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the recent Forklift Truck Association Awards for Excellence ceremony. This was the 26th annual event and the first to be held completely online having been twice postponed due to the pandemic.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their business and the wider industry over an extended period of time. Only a select group have ever received this award, which is testament to the positive legacy of Prospero’s hard work, dedication, and innovation during his 33 years in charge of Hitec.

Pros has dedicated his working life to the growth and development of the Hitec business and during that time he helped hundreds of local businesses with equipment and engineering support when they needed it most. This vital work helped build a reputation for Hitec, which it continues to uphold, as a trusted local supplier that always puts the customer first.

Pros was also at the helm during the acquisition of Hitec by Briggs Equipment, which has enabled the business to go from strength to strength since the deal was completed in 2018.

Mike Vaughan, Hitec Lift Trucks General Manager, commented: “There could no one more deserving of this award than Pros. He has played an instrumental part in the foundation and sustained growth of Hitec Lift Trucks and the values that he installed in the company from day one, are still prevalent right throughout our business.

“After retiring from Hitec in 2020 following over 30 years of service, Prospero remains a fantastic ambassador for the materials handling industry and his experience and knowledge of the sector is second to none. Pros remains involved in the business behind the scenes and it’s invaluable for myself and our team to be able to call on his expertise.

“Everyone at Hitec would like to congratulate Pros on this superb achievement and we hope Pros is enjoying his retirement!”

You can watch the entire awards ceremony via the FLTA YouTube channel by clicking here.  

Hitec delivers new fleet of Hyster forklifts to long term customer Freefoam

Hitec Lift Trucks has completed the delivery of a new fleet of Hyster counterbalance forklifts to its long term customer Freefoam. The new trucks arrived at the Northampton site in April 2021 and have replaced an existing fleet of competitor machines, which were unable to perform to the required intensity and demands.

Even though the trucks have only been in place for a short while, they are having an instant impact of productivity and efficiency, with production up by 25% since installation. The machines are specifically designed to operate in high intensity industrial environments and will support the growth and development of Freefoam’s business moving forward.

Paul Stiff, Hitec Lift Trucks’ Regional Business Development Manager, commented: “We are delighted to have completed this delivery of new trucks to Freefoam. We have worked closely with them previously on different projects and we’re proud to have been chosen to supply these latest additions to their equipment fleet.

“The trucks are all fitted with a range of safety features and will help improve on-site efficiency, whilst also providing the forklift drivers with a much more comfortable experience during operation.

“We’re looking forward to supporting Freefoam moving forward and we’ll be working closely with their team to ensure they are getting the most out of our their new equipment.”

Hitec delivers new Flexi truck to English Heritage site Wrest Park

Hitec Lift Trucks has completed the delivery of a new articulated Flexi truck to the English Heritage site, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

The machine will be used mainly to help the Collections team at Wrest Park safely store and transport a wide range of artefacts and delicate items across their site, which is gearing up for a busy summer period following the anticipated relaxation of COVID restrictions.

Rachel Kitcherside, Collections Manager, Wrest Park, commented: “We initially contacted Hitec as we were looking to replace our existing truck as it was becoming unsuitable for our requirements. Ben and the Hitec team responded promptly and identified the appropriate solution for us, which was the Flexi truck.

“The operation of the Flexi is extremely smooth, which is very important for us as its main function is to transport delicate artefacts and other fragile items. We have been extremely pleased with the machine and it’s having a really positive effect on our business. I’d like to thank Ben and Hitec for their hard work in specifying a high quality product that ticks every box and has fitted seamlessly into our operations.”

Ben Stiff, Regional Account Manager, Hitec Lift Trucks, commented: “We are delighted to have completed this delivery to the iconic Wrest Park site. Our site evaluation indicated that the Flexi was the ideal choice. Given the nature of the work that’s carried out at Wrest Park, any equipment that we supplied had to be able to perform in a very narrow aisle (VNA) environment, whilst also providing a smooth and even ride.

“The Flexi itself is exceptional at performing in VNA areas and is already doing everything expected of it. We looking forward to helping the team at English Heritage with anything else they may need in the future.”

To find out more about how Hitec Lift Trucks can support your business, speak to one of our expert and friendly team today, via: 01933 228127

Get the most out of your warehouse with specialist equipment from Hitec

With billions of products due to be picked, packed and stored in warehouses over the coming weeks, it’s more important than ever that businesses maximise their warehouse efficiency. However, there are still lots of companies who don’t have the right equipment for the job. This is where Hitec Lift Trucks is here to help.

From our Wellingborough site, Hitec has a wide range of high quality specialist warehouse products available in stock and ready to go. This means that you can get fast access to equipment that will make a real difference to your warehouse performance. From VNA machines, pallet trucks and access equipment  we have everything you need to keep on top of demand. All our warehouse equipment is available via flexible hire or purchase agreements, which can be tailored based on your requirements.

Mike Vaughan, General Manager at Hitec Lift Trucks, commented: “Online shopping has increased since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and that’s meant warehouses are seeing additional demand and pressure. Despite this, many businesses are losing out because the equipment they’re using simply isn’t right for the job.

“At Hitec Lift Trucks, we take the hassle away and make it easy for our customers to access the quality, reliable and safe warehouse equipment that they need. We’re helping hundreds of businesses across the East of England. We can even provide a safety compliant site survey to check exactly what you need.

“To find out more about how you can make a real difference to your warehouse performance, make sure to ask Hitec.”

Give our team in Wellingborough a call today on 01933 228127

Want cleaning equipment? Ask Hitec!

At Hitec Lift Trucks we make it simple for you to find the right industrial cleaning equipment for your business.

Whether you’re a hospital, builders merchants or car showroom, our Hako cleaning machines can keep your working environment spotless. With pedestrian and ride on sweepers, scrubber driers and even autonomous equipment, we’ve got every base covered and cleaned.

You won’t need to worry about long lead times either, as our wide range of available stock means you can get fast access to the right machine for the job. We’ve also got a team of experienced engineers on-hand to help fix any issues and keep you cleaning!

Mike Vaughan, Hitec Lift Trucks’ General Manager, commented: “We understand how difficult it can be for businesses to get it right when it comes to their cleaning equipment. At Hitec, we take the hassle away to find you a solution that will leave your floor spotless and your budget intact!

“Our friendly team have lots of experience in supplying cleaning equipment to businesses of all sizes, so please get in touch to find out more”

To find out more about our industrial cleaning equipment, speak to our expert and friendly team today.

Powered Access Equipment | Take your business to the next level with Hitec

Not every job is the same, especially when it comes to working at height with powered access equipment, which is why it’s important to have a good relationship with a trusted local equipment supplier.

The expert and friendly team at Hitec Lift Trucks have worked with businesses of all sizes from across Northamptonshire and the home counties to take the stress away and help you quickly find the right equipment for the right price.

Hitec’s Wellingborough site has lots of available powered access equipment, meaning there are no delays in getting your kit. Whether you need a permanent solution or something for a one-time job, we’ve got flexible hire and purchase options to meet your circumstances.

Our powered access product ranges includes the leading telehandler, scissor lift and cherry picker brands and are all backed up by Hitec’s excellent engineering support, meaning you can purchase or hire with confidence.

Mike Vaughan, Hitec Lift Trucks’ General Manager, commented: “We are seeing a huge growth in enquiries for powered access equipment and it’s pleasing to see so much repeat business. The option to hire at short notice suits a large proportion of our customers and we’re here to help when they need us.”

“We know that working at height is necessary for companies with all building sizes, so we want to make it as straightforward as possible for them to get the right equipment for the job.

“Our friendly team are here to help, so please get in touch and we’ll do the rest!”

Take your business to the next level today, with Hitec Lift Trucks – Your Trusted Local Supplier.

Call: 0800 193 8127, or Email: info@askhitec.co.uk

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Cleaning Technologies; A Simple Solution to Transform Your Business

When you think of the necessities for improved warehouse operations, generally people may think of the following;

  • More staff
  • Better training
  • Material handling equipment
  • Fantastic productivity

Something people may not often consider is the cleanliness and tidiness of floor space. Whilst successful businesses obviously keep their facilities in order, a mop and broom take time and can also cause the employee who carries out these tasks a lot of strain. Not only this, but sometimes elbow grease just can’t cut it.

Cleaning technologies are a simple and effective solution. Let’s take a closer look at how they can help your business.

 

  1. Low Cost Solution for a Time-Consuming Problem

For many businesses, especially small to medium facilities, cost is everything. When it comes to keeping a clean area, sometimes a cleaner is employed, but often it’s the shared responsibility of the team.

Whether it’s paid hours or just an additional task, it’s an undoubted fact that cleaning takes time. This is especially the case when all that’s available is a mop, bucket and broom. If a facility is open to the elements, especially in autumn and winter, cleaning can become a full-time job, just to keep the area dry and safe.

Small pedestrian sweepers and scrubber driers (such as Hako’s Sweepmaster M600 and Scrubmaster B12) can make a massive difference. With excellent first-time results that mean secondary scrubbing or sweeping is rarely required, they can provide the deep cleaning solution needed. Not only this, but they’re low cost, low maintenance and with minimal downtime required for servicing, you won’t have to worry about breaking the budget.

If your facility is a little larger, then larger models (such as the Sweepmaster 650 and the Scrubmaster B45) are available to help cover more ground with even more cleaning power, all the while still remaining affordable.

 

  1. Low Impact Operation

Manual sweeping and mopping can be an arduous task – but it can also be a harmful one. Repeated motion can not only cause strains but repeatedly bending to sweep up rubbish/dust can cause back, shoulder and knee damage.

Pedestrian sweepers and/or scrubber driers offer a low impact solution. Employees and cleaners can use the equipment with minimum training and without the need to frequently stoop.

If your facility is bigger, then there are also ride on versions of sweepers and scrubbers which can eliminate the need to walk with the equipment. Perfect for large scale warehouses and buildings, the larger models require more due diligence as they’re powerful pieces of machinery, but are a perfectly safe alternative to traditional cleaning methods.

Speaking of safety…

 

  1. Improve Facility Safety

Did you know that the most common form of workplace injuries are slips, trips and falls?

At 31% of all non-fatal work injuries, the worrying part is that these accidents can mostly be avoided with good housekeeping (for more safety, see Hitec’s Top 10 Health and Safety Practices). If there’s been a spill, a leak or if water and other elements have managed to get into a facility from outdoors, there’s a chance that an employee could get hurt.

Sweepers and scrubber driers are ready for use at a moment’s notice. Has a crate of alcohol spilled? A sweeper can move all the glass safely away whilst a scrubber can come and take up the liquid, cleaning the floor thoroughly so that there’s no sticky residue or patches of wetness that could cause incident. Not only that, but they can do so far quicker than a mop ever could.

If you’re battling the weather and rain is constantly coming in, then it’s vital to keep the floors as dry as possible for pedestrians and moving equipment – a small scrubber drier can help do so. Quick to utilise and easy to use, it could help keep the floor safe and dry.

Need to move sharp or broken goods? A sweeper is an effective and safe way of clearing the problem without risking pick up and employees harming themselves.

 

  1. Compact and Green Solution

A common misconception that many businesses might have is that they would not have room for cleaning technologies, particularly if they have a lot of equipment already or are tight on space. However, you might be surprised as to how little space your cleaning equipment can take up.

Built to be compact, even ride on models can be kept in small areas and corners. As for charging? A majority of sweepers and scrubbers can simply be plugged into the mains; no fancy, large charging ports which can take up too much room.

With models available for all facility sizes, there’s bound to be cleaning equipment the correct size for your needs and business.

You don’t need to worry about environmental impact with sweepers and scrubbers either; all models (except outdoor sweepers) come in an electric powered option; giving your business the peace of mind that you’re keeping your facility, and the air, clean.

 

  1. Multi-functional

If you’re in need of cleaning technologies that can keep not only your outdoor facility clear and tidy, but also your yard and even grounds, look no further. Outdoor cleaners are fantastic, powerful pieces of kit that can do far more than sweep the floor.

With the ability to be hooked up to grounds maintenance and winter attachments, you can keep the area around your facility and yard in excellent order. Attachments include (but are not limited to);

  • Lawnmowers
  • Scoops
  • Ploughs
  • Snow Brushes
  • Gritters

Perfect for businesses that have primarily outdoor facilities, car parks, roads and grounds to care for, outdoor cleaners are a fantastic investment that can complete a multitude of tasks. With enclosed cabs to keep operators safe and warm, even in the cold months, outdoor cleaners could be the multi-functional cleaning equipment you need.

 

Conclusion

With cleaning technologies available in all sizes and suited to all types of facility (from warehouses to shopping centres, yards to showrooms), there’s a piece of equipment for every business. Even if you’re on a budget, you can still achieve the safe and clean floors that’ll boost your production and increase the safety of all of your employees.

If you’d like to find out more about the equipment mentioned or would like to consider purchasing or hiring cleaning equipment, then why not get in touch? Our expert team will be able to help you decide what would be best suited to your business and help find a solution that fits your budget. Call today on 01933 228127, email info@askhitec.co.uk or visit our contact page.