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Bishop's Stortford winter maintenance firm Gritting Works invests £30,000 in state-of-the-art vehicle from Finland to clear snow and ice

A Bishop's Stortford business has invested £30,000 in a state-of-the-art vehicle with equipment from Finland to tackle gritting and snow clearance this winter.

Winter maintenance firm Gritting Works spent the money to get the best 4x4 in the market to help them beat winter storms in the coming weeks.

It is equipped with the latest IceStriker grit spreader and SnowStriker plough built by winter maintenance experts Hilltip in Finland.

Gritting Works' new £30,000 state-of-the-art vehicle (43771724)
Gritting Works' new £30,000 state-of-the-art vehicle (43771724)

Company managing director Nick Cox, who is also chairman of Bishop's Stortford Rugby Football Club's youth section, is delighted with his new acquisition.

"This is another step forward in offering a better quality of service to our existing customers and is core to building trust with prospective clients," he said.

"With multiple 4x4s all equipped with their own gritters and snow ploughs, we're in the right place to keep our customers open for business should the weather deteriorate this winter.

"Combining this technology with our messaging system, which allows site managers to opt out of gritting if they feel it is not required, helps us to progress on our core target of providing a better value of service."

Cox added: "Using the latest GPS technology, all clients can now receive detailed site reports showing them time of attendance, gritting patterns and exactly how much salt has been spread to help reduce the risk of ice on their premises.

"The operating system also allows sites to be marked out on maps in advance, which means when a driver pulls onto site the system automatically starts spreading and will stop if the vehicle stops. This allows drivers to concentrate on the vehicle and it's surroundings rather than spread rates and distribution.

"This system ensures the exact right amount of salt is spread which helps prevent over-salting to minimise impact on the environment."

Millers Maltings, on Southmill Road, is among the local firms Gritting Works has contracts with.

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