End of the road for Shropshire haulage company, ET Rowlands & Sons

Assets from the well-known Telford road haulage contractor ET Rowlands & Sons, which has closed after nearly 60 years in business, are to be sold by auction online.

The firm, known for its striking red livery on its vehicles, provided road transport solutions for UK and continental Europe and operated a modern mixed fleet of rigid vehicles, tractor units and trailers.

Last week’s closure of the company, set up in 1958 by 87-year-old current director Mary Rowland’s father,  saw all 28 jobs made redundant, after the company lost a major contract and potential hopes for a pre-pack sale were dashed.

Kelly Burton - Director & Licensed Insolvency Practitioner

Kelly Burton and Lisa Hogg from Yorkshire-based insolvency specialists Wilson Field were appointed joint administrators of ET Rowlands and Sons on 13 June at a meeting of members and creditors.

Wilson Field, have instructed valuers and asset management consultants Charterfields to dispose of the assets of the company, which operated a warehouse facility in Telford.

Vehicles and other items up for sale includes a fleet of 14 tractor units, seven rigid and flat HGVs by Scania, DAF and MAN, 14 curtainside and three flat back trailers, personalised numberplates including P7 ETR, P12 ETR, R4 ETR, S7 ETR, T2 ETR, V2 ETR, and 6 ETR, plant and office furniture. Other vehicles include a Vauxhall Movano 3.5T Dropside and Ford Transit T350 Panel Van.

Kelly Burton, director and insolvency practitioner at Wilson Field, said: “ET Rowlands & Sons was a well-established family run business that experienced loss of a major contract.

“The director came to Wilson Field for advice but regrettably the company entered administration and has been closed. As a consequence all 28 jobs have been lost. It is always sad to see a long-standing company go out of business with the loss of jobs.”

The online auction is now open and closes Tuesday July 4 from 12 noon. For further details visit www.charterfields.com

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