Huntingdon-based haulage firm MNS Developments has added two new sloper smoothsider tippers to its fleet after landing a new contract transporting sugar beet.

The family-run firm is also using the trailers, together with two similar 2013 models, to transport wheat, beans and grain from farms to processing plants.

As part of the company’s 15-strong fleet of vehicles operating in the East Midlands and East Anglia, the new tippers are expected to cover up to 150,000 km per year. Both have specified automatic tailgates, sheets and on-board weighers,

Owner Mark Selby said: “We’re working the new tippers hard. Like the older Fruehauf trailers, what’s so impressive is that they are extremely versatile.”

The deal strengthens the haulage contractor’s relationship with Fruehauf. Selby, who has bought vehicles from MV Commercial for four years, said he was "only too happy to do business with Fruehauf" when it was acquired by MV.

He has even wrapped his new tippers in Fruehauf’s full hiring livery as a gesture of gratitude to the company.

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He explained: “We work together very well and we don’t actually have livery on our vehicles. They were looking at advertising on the side of a static truck. This was a chance to give something back to Fruehauf. We drive the tippers on local roads through several counties and people will see that they look the business,” he says.

Selby adds: “I can’t speak more highly about Fruehauf. They have brilliant products and they’re a great team, I love dealing with them.

“We’ve always had strong and immediate support from the company, which is conveniently located within one hour of our Huntingdon base.”