Our story begins in 1947 when Ron Exelby, the founder of Londonderry Garage Ltd left the RAF where he had been stationed at Leeming and started a small business repairing commercial vehicles in a small shed next to the A1, which at the time ran right through Londonderry village.
Even in the very early years, his commitment to customer care was clearly demonstrated as Ron often put up stranded lorry drivers in his own home. Just over ten years later, when Ron had nurtured a thriving business, disaster struck when it was destroyed by a fire. Undeterred, Ron simply moved across the road to what is now the current site and started his business up again whilst also adding diesel bunkering to the existing services on offer.
In 1968 Londonderry Garage began to become involved with the Municipal and Waste when it was appointed as the agent for Dennis Brothers, now Dennis Eagle. This was the start of the company’s expansion and it went onto to secure other franchises such as Norba Refuse Vehicles, Scarab Sweepers, Multilift Equipment, Hiab Cranes, Heil Refuse Bodies and from the 1st April 2010, Moffett Truck Mounted Forklifts.
LGSE will continue to stay at the forefront of the industry. Continual investment in the extensive hire fleet has become a major company strategy. As customer requirements change, coupled with the increased demands of health and safety, updating the hire fleet to meet the latest regulations is a vital factor in the company’s future.
LGSE has a strong reputation within our industry. And, although over the last half a century, technology has moved LGSE forwards, the family ethics and the core values set down by Ron Exelby have proved solid foundations to ensure that LGSE will remain a business that elicits loyalty from its customers as it moves into its next new stage of growth.