10 August 2001

Harleston fades out

LAST acts of the financially stricken Dowdeswell Harleston operation are now being played out as companies negotiate with the receivers for product lines made at the plant.

Recently it was announced that Standen Engineering has obtained the rights to the Powervator, Bedvator, Bedformers and power harrows, equipment which will complement the companys existing range of potato handling equipment. These will be made at Standens Ely site.

The latest firm to tour the Harleston site is Ipswich-based Hunton Legg, which emerged with the design rights, stock, work in progress spare parts business and product names for the Multispreader and Sidespreader manure spreaders.

It has also opted to take on products aimed at the groundscare market – the Rotary Brush, Rollermower and Titan Slitter. A totally new venture for the firm, the purchase of these products has led it enter into discussions with established groundscare outlets regarding distribution and marketing.

So, for the Dowdeswell Harleston site, the curtains descend on a business which many will see as the end of an operation that, at one time, carried the mantle for UK machinery manufacture. &#42