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Alan Armstrong has been driving trucks for all of his working life and seven years ago decided to branch out into his own haulage business; today his family owned company has carved out a highly successful niche in the low loader market.

With five Scanias and a mix of low loader trailers, flats and extendables on the road, Dromore, County Tyrone based Armstrong Transport Services provides a growing customer base with a valuable service between Ireland, the UK, and Europe.

He and his team of drivers, all highly trained in low loader work, are kept busy moving mostly new and second hand farm machinery, as well as heavy construction plant, in and out of Ireland; the company also transports hay and straw in bulk for local farmers.

In addition, the company caters for wide and abnormal loads throughout the UK, acquiring all the necessary permits and permissions from Roads Service, the police and other agencies, as well as organising any  relevant escorts along the planned route.

So what's the secret of Alan's continued success, which has seen the company come through the worst of the recession in an even stronger position? “It's not always about price,” he says. “Service is more important to the customer who rightly expects his goods to be  transported in a professional and efficient manner - and on schedule.

If you show you are reliable, dependable, the customer will continue to use your services and will probably recommend you to others; indeed, a  lot of my business has been built on word of mouth recommendations,  says 33 year old family man Alan, who with his school teacher wife  Rhonda has two small children.

Beginning

It all started even before he left school, working alongside his father  Roy delivering farm supplies around County Tyrone and beyond. I began  working for a local transport company in 2002, but a year later I formed a freight forwarding company before buying my first truck in 2006, a Scania 124.470 Topline, says Alan.

He added a second Scania - a 143 - two years later, before acquiring another two Scanias as the business continued to grow, the latest acquisition an R 580. Clearly, he is a big fan of Scania.

They're all V8s. Great performers, plenty of pulling power, which is what I need in this business, says Alan. And the Scania also holds its value, which is a big bonus when trading up.

Alan spends most of his working week out on the road; indeed, for example he will take a load of new machinery from Hamiltonsbawn down to catch the boat in Rosslare in County Wexford to Fishguard to make drops in Cardiff, and Somerset before returning with a load of straw for a dairy  farmer in Banbridge.

Variety

No two days in the haulage business are the same. I love driving, love  meeting different people. There's plenty of variety. I could be in Aberdeen one day, the south of England the next, comments Alan, whose trucks can average between 100,000 and 150,000 kms annually. And we know it when we get the bill for diesel!

During peak times, Alan can call on the driving services of father Roy, who  still runs his own business today, and brother John, a Mechanical Engineering lecturer by profession who, incidentally, is about to  publish a series of illustrated children's books all about the haulage  business.

The construction and quarrying sector used to keep us very busy, moving diggers, dozers and shovels, but that industry, as we all know, has  suffered badly in the downturn; fortunately, we have built up a good  client base in the farm machinery market.

So what are his plans for the future? We want to continue to keep our customers happy by providing an efficient service and as our reputation grows, so will our business.

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