Independent builders merchant 4 Shires Builders Merchants has taken delivery of a new Mitsubishi Canter truck.
The Rugby-based merchant is also preparing to open a second depot in Daventry and the 3.5-tonne Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 3C15 is its first truck.
The vehicle was supplied by Gerard Mann Commercial Vehicles in Coventry.
4 Shires director Peter Middleton-Smith says: "We're a light side merchant so volume rather than payload capacity is important for us. We didn't want to go above a 3.5-tonne gross weight but our vehicle had to be able to carry lengths of plastic drainage pipe, roofing fascias and other materials."
Until now, the merchant had relied upon hired vehicles to make deliveries to builders, DIYers and other customers within a 50-mile radius of Rugby. However, when a supplier delivered drainage materials to 4 Shires' yard using a 3.5-tonne Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, Middleton-Smith was impressed.
"I took one look at that vehicle and realised it would be perfect for our business too," he says.