A KEIGHLEY haulage firm is expanding.

R McDowell Haulage & Distribution Ltd has added to its fleet of vehicles.

It has acquired two new 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz HGVs.

Both are fully compliant with latest Euro VI European emissions legislation.

The move has been supported by HSBC UK, with the bank providing a six-figure-sum funding package.

McDowell says the expansion will enable the company to “scale-up” its capacity for freight and meet growing demand “in a more environmentally-friendly way”.

And as a result of the development, the company is anticipating increased turnover in the next 12 months.

Director, Geoff Hirst, said the investment signalled the start of “an exciting new chapter” for the firm.

“In recent years we have found ways to ensure the longevity of the business,” he added.

“That has ranged from installing satellite tracking of goods for customers, to investing in the upgrade of our fleet to the latest emissions standard.

“The new vehicles will help us to increase our presence in emerging UK markets.

“We look forward to providing haulage solutions for companies throughout the UK for many years to come.”

HSBC UK said it was delighted to be providing support.

Anthony Wild, the bank’s relationship director for West and North Yorkshire, added: “McDowell has an excellent reputation across the UK for providing a reliable service, with an emphasis on fantastic customer care.

“Using a combination of expertise and resource, the business has developed an effective distribution network that can be trusted.

“We’re delighted to be supporting the business as it goes from strength to strength.”

R McDowell Haulage & Distribution Ltd was founded in 1976, by Roger McDowell, with a single vehicle.

The business has grown into one of the largest haulage firms in the north of England, with over 100 vehicles – from articulated lorries to vans – and employing 150 staff across all its operations.

Its registered office is at Valley Road, but it has more than 100,000sqft of warehousing at several sites across the town.

The company’s portfolio of customers includes household names and blue-chip firms.