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JET score a hat trick with FORS Gold Award

FORS GoldFollowing the Bronze and Silver awards, JET Plant has now been awarded Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold.

The Gold standard is awarded to companies leading the way in improving road safety, efficiency and environmental standards.



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Planing the famous Santa Pod Raceway

JET Plant removed the full depth asphalt layer to enable the construction of a new quarter mile concrete track at the famous Santa Pod Raceway in Wellingborough, which should now make it one of the best drag racing tracks in the world.

Santa Pod

Santa Pod Raceway


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The ‘Purple Virgins’ Raise Cash for Cancer

Over the last three years a team of four men from JET Plant’s Evesham office, together with their family and friends, have been raising money for Cancer Research.

Known as ‘The Purple Virgins,’ they have raised nearly £8,000 over the last three years through donations, a bingo night and the Evesham Relay for Life.

JET Plant has supported these fabulous fund-raisers through the loan of a van and sponsorship for their events.

The Purple Virgins

The team, from left to right: Nick, Elaine, Sue, Rebecca, Brian, Natasha, Natalie, George, Julie, and Dink.


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JET Achieves FORS Silver Accreditation

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a national accreditation scheme designed to help fleet operators improve and monitor operational performance and safety. Many of JET Plant’s clients require their suppliers to be FORS Silver accredited and it’s easy to see why.


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Fine Milling

Fine Milling

Jet Plant Hire Limited has recently invested £750,000 in Wirtgen W210i and Wirtgen W100Fi Cold Milling machines that are not just capable of standard planing but are also fitted with a quick change system that allows a fine milling drum to be used for specific tasks.


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Behind The Scenes at JET Plant Hire Limited

Machine outside JET Offices

JET Plant Hire Limited is one of the UK’s largest planing contractors with an ambition to increase market share over the coming months and years. Behind the scenes there are areas of the business that our customers don’t see. But we can now shed light on what it takes to keep a planing company of this size and complexity running smoothly.


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Jet awarded BS OHSAS 18001 : 2007

Jet awarded BS OHSAS 18001 : 2007

January 2016 saw the culmination of many months of painstaking effort to achieve what is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ of Health and Safety credentials – the British Standards Institute’s 18001 OHSAS certificate. This certification means Jet have been rigorously tested, audited and judged to have sufficiently robust and well-resourced safety arrangements, which are embedded throughout the business, to join a select group of companies in our industry.

Sean Witheford (managing director) and Tina Greenhill (office manager) attended a presentation at the head offices of the British Standards Institute in Milton Keynes to receive their award at a presentation ceremony.

Sean commented: “It was a very proud moment to attend the ceremony at the bsi headquarters and receive our certification. Everyone in the business should take a share in that pride as none of it is achievable without the work and commitment of every employee. It’s not possible to gain certification without everyone demonstrating a high level of performance and understanding and I would like to say a big thank you for making what is a key strategic aim possible.”

(Pictured: Maureen Summer Smith (left) – UK MD at bsi, Tina Greenhill (centre) – Office Manager at Jet Plant Hire Ltd, Sean Witheford – Managing Director at Jet Plant Hire Ltd)


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Annual Employee Briefing 2016

Annual Induction Day

Every year, JET Plant Hire employees come together for the Annual Induction Day. As well as sharing the company’s strategy and financial goals for the year, company values and ethos are also reinforced. However, the main focus is on the improvements made to the firm’s Health and Safety systems, procedures and risk assessments as well as setting targets for the coming year, including reduced incident rates.

Led by managing director, Sean Witheford, the event is a platform where everyone has a voice to discuss issues related to working practices – it’s a chance to see where things we did went well and where there is room for improvement. The topics covered ranged from Dynamic Site Specific Risk Assessments to the driving standards of JET employees, with particular focus on those whose driving stands out as demonstrating consistent excellence. Prizes were given out for the least risk drivers as recorded on our vehicle trackers and for achieving the best mile per gallon performances on HGVs and vans.


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JET takes Delivery of its 85th Planer

Jet Plant - 85th Road Planer

At the end of February 2016, JET Plant Hire Ltd proudly took delivery of its 85th road planer from Wirtgen. P85 is a tracked 1m machine (W100Fi) and increases the fleet size to 32 planers and our stable of tracked 1m machines to 11.

Mark Stanley (JET’s Maintenance Manager) said “The Woofer is proving to be the most popular choice of planer and is often specified by our customers, who understand that its blend of technology, stability and power make it an extremely versatile and reliable work horse”.

The W100Fi is one of the most advanced road planers on the market, bristling with innovative design and technology to enable the operator to achieve great results every time.

With a 1000mm wide milling drum, capable of milling to a depth of 320 mm in a single pass, the immensely powerful ‘Woofer’ can achieve extremely high outputs per shift. Conversely, this machine may be fitted (swiftly and easily) with a fine milling drum to enable the operator to leave the merest ‘key’ for thin surfacing / dressing.

Operating out of our Evesham depot, P85 will be making its mark (quite literally) all over the country!


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Celebrating 25 years of Planing Britain’s Roads

  • Jet Plant Offices and Staff
  • First Contract - Isle of Wight 1989

Leading road planing company JET Plant Hire celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Sean Witheford, Managing Director said: “2015 marks a significant milestone in our company’s history. We are very proud of our trading heritage, of our continued commitment to innovation within the road planing industry and of our relationships with our customers and suppliers. We are equally proud of the outstanding achievement from our dedicated colleagues - a great reflection of the passion we share for customer service, quality and professionalism."

At the recent delivery of the latest 2.1m Wirtgen planer, Wirtgen gave a small presentation to Stuart Witheford, founder of the company and father of the current Managing Director, Sean, to celebrate not only the firm’s 25th anniversary but also the 80th Wirtgen planer purchased by JET Plant.

JET Plant is very much a family-run business with Sean’s brothers Scott and Brian also involved in the company. JET Plant now employs 114 people from its two operating bases in Evesham and Newton Abbott, many of whom have worked for the firm for over 15 years.

The first contract for JET Plant was on the Isle of Wight and over the last 25 years the firm has purchased 80 road planing machines. Extremely diverse jobs have been tackled with expertise and professionalism; from planing the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which, because of the weight limit, required the lightest planers working at no less than 25m apart to remove 120 tonnes of asphalt, right through to planing 270,000m² of asphalt on the M48 in eight weeks. Significant milestones over the last 25 years include the acquisition of three firms (Henson Plant Hire, Tetlaw and RW Prince Planing) and in 2010, having out-grown its office and yard in Badsey Road, the company moved into new premises in Vale Park in Evesham. The new offices, depot and workshop facility enabled the company to continue to expand and offer improved levels of customer service.

In 2014 a major £2.75m investment was made in new planers and tipper trailers, firmly establishing JET Plant as a leading company in the road planing industry with 30 planers in the fleet and setting it on a course for sustained growth and another 25 years of trading.


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JET Plant Awarded Supplier of the Year

Jet Plant - Supplier of the Year Award

Jet Plant has been awarded Supply Chain Partner for 2014 by Aggregate Industries in the Southern Region. The award was made in January at the Aggregate Industries Contracting Business Road Show at the Radisson Blu Hotel in London.

The event was aptly name “Driving Success” and is the annual business update, with a focus on Health and Safety, attended by 200 staff from the Contracts division. The afternoon session kicked off with a team building event facilitated by Martin Corry (ex-Leicester Tigers and England rugby captain).

The award ceremony finished a very informative and positive day with JET Plant being presented the Supply Chain Partner award which Kier Spiers and Dean Marshall accepted on behalf of the company.

Dean and Kier are JET Plant’s foremen working at the sharp end of the business on the Surrey County Council, Operation Horizon contract for Aggregate Industries. JET has also worked on the Area 3 Highways Agency contract for Aggregate industries.

This is a fantastic achievement for JET Plant, giving a huge boost at the start of the year and recognises the hard work that it put in by everyone across the entire business.

Photograph: Kier Spiers (left) and Dean Marshall (right) accept award from Martin Corry (middle)


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