GLW Feeds are one of the largest independent, family-owned livestock feed manufacturers in the UK and are celebrating 150 years in business. They have recently invested in 3 new Renault lorries in special livery to celebrate the milestone.
The lorries were supplied by RH Commercial Vehicles, one of the largest independent Renault Trucks dealers in the UK.
Founded in 1873 by George Llewellyn White, the business began as a coal and animal feed supplier in the East Midlands. Today they manufacture and supply some 450,000 tonnes of animal feed a year from their sites.
Louis White, Managing Director of GLW Feeds said, “We pride ourselves as a forward thinking, open business that provides the best quality feeds and services to our customers. We have a particular focus on sustainability in each aspect of what we do. Therefore, everything has to echo the high standards we pride ourselves on. This certainly applies to the trucks on our fleet.”
When the business started in 1873, the main mode of transport for deliveries for feed was horse and cart. 150 years later, lorries have grown, and the conditions in which they deliver can sometimes be challenging.
Neale Jones, transport manager for GLW Feeds, commented: “We need our trucks to be versatile and robust to withstand the nature of the job. Our customers are often in hard-to-reach places like down narrow lanes or on uneven ground. We need a vehicle that our drivers can trust.”
Therefore, to adapt to the demand for feed and terrain. To celebrate this evolution, GLW Feeds purchased three Renault Trucks C Range Tridem lorries – sporting their 150th anniversary livery.
These vehicles have been purposely designed to tackle hard to reach locations with reduced turning circle, maximised manoeuvrability and efficiency.
Sustainability has become an important focus of the business in recent years. Louis said, “We have taken major steps in ensuring every factor of the business is done in an ecological and sustainable way. With this in mind, the five-year Optifleet offer from Renault was a real pull factor”.
The Renault Trucks Optifleet system helps businesses monitor uptime, safety and fuel efficiency and minimise the overall cost of ownership. It also assists businesses to operate in a more environmentally conscious way.
The system allows users to track reports of drivers’ behaviour whilst on the road. By understanding the driving behaviour, the business can unlock many improvements such as reduced MPG which leads to reduced emissions.
Reduced fuel consumption not only saves thousands of pounds on fuel a year, it also significantly reduces the CO2 emissions in each vehicle, therefore improving the overall carbon footprint of the business.
Louis said, “Historically road transport, particularly HGVs has been one of the highest contributors to air pollution on the planet. By taking these steps to monitor the consumption of fuel and output of CO2, with the assistance of Optifleet, we as a business, can continue to take control of our sustainability goals.”
The vehicles have featured in the 150-year celebrations, with a commemorative livery. They have also been featured on the GLW Feeds Limited stand at agricultural shows and have drawn a lot of attention from passers-by. GLW also plans to display the trucks at future events as their 150 year celebrations continue.
Louis White commented: “It is a rarity that a company can be kept within a family for that length of time and we are all proud of the advancements that have been made since 1873. With the new investments such as our new Renault lorries, I am sure that the business will continue to prosper.”
RH Commercial Vehicles is a leading independent Renault Trucks Dealer based in the East Midlands. It has seven sites including, their head office in Nottingham, and depots in Nottingham, Alfreton, Leicester, Northampton, Newark, and Peterborough. They are the ultimate one-stop shop for commercial vehicle sales, rentals, repairs, and service.
GLW Feeds Ltd. is one of the largest independent, family-owned livestock feed manufacturers in the UK. Manufacturing and supplying some 450,000 tonnes of feed a year.