Off-roader repair shop banks on regular business

February 17, 2015 | Mining News

A West Lothian firm has expressed delight at the regular business received from an innovative mining firm and has praised its efforts in boosting the local economy.

Banks Mining has revealed it is spending nearly £4million per year with various central belt suppliers at its Rusha surface coal mine site in West Lothian.

The Hamilton based employer has been operating at the Rusha site, near Breich, since 2012, as part of a seven-year project to extract coal from the site.  The coal extracted from Rusha is used for industrial, domestic and coal fired power generation in both Scotland and England.

As part of the substantial local investment, a contract has been in place with Broxburn based mechanics J and J McIndoe, who regularly service the four on-site Defender Land Rovers and Toyota pickup – which face a much tougher life than normal road based vehicles.

The “well-worked” 4×4 vehicles are subjected to gruelling conditions in the operational surface mine, with rough terrain and the carrying of heavy loads proving a constant test.

Maureen McIndoe, a member of the family business, at the West Lothian garage said: “This is our first time working with a mining company and its’ well-worked vehicles.

“The Rusha vehicles require very regular maintenance – they come in every 4-6 weeks for brake checks etc and are serviced quarterly, this provides our garage with a substantial amount of work. It’s crucial to have work like this as it provides job security and a base for the business.”

She added: “It’s great to see a business invest in West Lothian and commit to using local business to such an extent.

“We are 100 per cent supportive of the work by Banks Mining at Rusha – and hope to see our working relationship continue until the site is completed.”

Jim Donnelly, Banks Mining director, has praised J and J McIndoe for their efficient and reliable service and believes the partnership is a great example of how the firm strives to work with local suppliers.

Jim said: “We are delighted that Maureen McIndoe has publically expressed her support for our operations here at Rusha.

“We have always been intent on using local suppliers whenever possible and our annual spend with suppliers in the central belt of Scotland is around £3.8million.”

Banks Mining has permission to undertake operations at Rusha for a seven-year period, and once coaling is complete, the 154-hectare site will be fully restored and landscaped to a mixture of woodland and agriculture.

The company estimates that the Rusha site will contribute more than £5million to the local economy every year through wages and other supply chain contributions, and in addition to the people employed on site, it will also support a number of other off-site jobs in related transport and supplies activity.

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