Firm crosses county boundaries by opening its first branch in the borough

A firm supporting manufacturers from the plant room to the factory floor has opened the doors to its first branch on this side of the Pennines.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 7:00 am
Staff outside the new PPS branch in Leigh

While other industrial distributors centralise their services, Pennine Pneumatic Services (PPS) has stuck to its mantra to “go local” and expand its reach with the opening of a branch on Leigh Commerce Park.

It means the firm now has a presence in Greater Manchester, as well as West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire.

The expansion will increase service levels for customers in the area and give them easy access to a sales counter for critical spare parts.

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Five local people are employed in the depot, with plans for future development and further employment opportunities.

Andy Kershaw, who was promoted to branch manager, said: “I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of increasing our presence in the Greater Manchester region by working with Atlas Copco to further increase our local customer service satisfaction levels.

“Being in closer proximity to our customers means we can provide a more efficient local response to our customers’ needs.

“Downtime is costly and when things go wrong we can give a faster response, by being closer at hand, getting manufacturing businesses up and running at a quicker rate and reducing their potential loss of earnings.”

Managing director Ian Harrison said: “We’re pleased to give Andy this well-deserved new opportunity and we’re confident his presence in Manchester, along with the rest of his team, will provide the level of service we already provide to our local customers in Yorkshire.

“Greater Manchester is an area where there is a high demand with many manufacturing businesses in the area that need our support.

“As a community business we are always looking to grow local and support local and we believe that this is an area that will benefit from our presence.

“Like our move to Brighouse back in 2017, we plan to create jobs for the surrounding community and work with local charities and sports teams.

“We work to support a better future for the neighbourhood whether through employment, apprenticeships or charity involvement. This latest move to Greater Manchester will be the fourth time we have supported a community with our local presence.”

PPS is Atlas Copco’s largest UK distributor and a stockist of pneumatic parts. The company can assist with all elements from the plant room to the factory floor and from supply to installation and continued maintenance.

As part of the wider R&G Fluid Power Group, PPS can also help manufacturers with hydraulics, sealing products, and industrial hose and fittings.

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