A Sandbach based family run chemical haulage company is expanding.
James Lynch and Sons based on Moss Lane Industrial Estate are looking to recruit eight new drivers to join the team.
Founded in 1954, the company started with six tipper trucks and transported lime in the Cheshire area for the Northwich based chemical company ICI. They are now thought to have the largest fleet of rubber lined tankers of any privately owned company in the UK.
James Lynch collect and deliver chemicals for some of the biggest companies in the country and Europe, have a dedicated fleet of more than 50 tankers and have plans to expand further on the continent. They have a team of 50 staff but are aiming to have 60 by the end of the year.
Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year they have a fleet of 55 tankers with over one million pounds invested in the last two years on four brand new bespoke tankers and five brand new Volvo units.
Transport Manager Greg Steele has worked at the company for the last ten years and is overseeing the driver recruitment push. He said:
“The company is a great place to work. It’s a family run firm and we are a real team. We are doing well – and invested heavily last year in our fleet. We also brought more staff into the business and employed two new members into the Transport Team as well as another fully trained mechanic.
“Due to the shortage of drivers over the last two years we have found it hard to recruit. Many large companies enticed drivers to join their ranks to help with the festive rush. Many of these drivers found themselves on zero-hour contracts and that rush of work has now possibly dried up.
“We can offer full-time contracts with good terms and conditions. It would be preferable for drivers to have two years’ experience but we will consider every applicant on their own merits. We do require a valid HGV Class 1 license and ADR license. If the applicant has got their HVG Class 1 license but no ADR then we will arrange for this qualification to be met. Full in-house training is given to every new starter and refresher courses completed annually,” he added.
James Lynch is within easy reach of the M6. They have a on-site garage where the units and tanks are serviced every six weeks. The garage is manned by four highly skilled and qualified mechanics who make sure that every inch of the unit and tanker is road worthy and in tip-top condition.
Nick Wade who lives in Cheshire has worked for James Lynch for the last 12 years. He said:
“I’ve been a lorry driver since I was 21 and this is the longest I’ve ever been with a company. I love driving, getting out and about and seeing different parts of the country, which I would never see if I wasn’t a lorry driver. I was in the Highlands of Scotland the other day and it was absolutely beautiful. I would never want to be stuck in an office every day. “
Notes to Editors
- James Lynch have 50 staff and are expanding
- They have a fleet of 55 tankers
- They move 350,800 tons of material a year, that’s 29,233 tons a month
- Members of the Road Haulage Association and the Chemical Business Association.