Case Study

Hurrell Civil Industries with Finlease

In short time Hurrell Civil Industries has established a strong presence on the New South Wales mid-north coast, having grown steadily from its origins as a one-man operation based out of Wauchope in 2014 to offer a comprehensive range of civil construction services.

Rick Hurrell has put in the hard yards over the past four years, and during this time Hurrell Civil has progressively added new equipment to its stable of machinery, enabling the company to undertake and complete a range of projects from start to finish.

Rick has long had a passion for civil construction, and had decided early on that this was the path he would follow, having initially left school to get his start in the industry, and begin acquiring knowledge and developing the skills necessary to turn his passion into a career. He originally started out with a local roads company, at first completing his civil construction traineeship, before seeking out opportunities further afield.

This involved moving to Western Australia where he worked in open and underground mines gaining valuable experience in the operation of larger machinery, along with insight into the operations and procedures of larger companies.

This experience and insight provided a strong foundation in establishing Hurrell Civil, which Rick launched “from the ground up” at the age of 25, and there is no better evidence of the value of the lessons earned than that Hurrell Civil has since grown to employ eight full-time local staff. When it comes to the qualities that help Hurrell Civil stand out in the marketplace, Rick pointed to a quality of work that is “unmatchable” and emphasises that in taking on projects Hurrell Civil deals directly with the owner for all quotes and work completed.

A Range Of Equipment For A Range Of Services

Since its establishment, Hurrell Civil has branched out to provide a wide range of services, including plant hire, excavation and haulage, kerb and guttering, and Rick noted that it is “one of the very few companies on the mid-north coast that can complete every aspect of a civil contract from start to finish without needing to outsource”.

It is this capacity that sees Hurrell Civil currently undertaking a number of different projects, which Rick explained range “from small private jobs to large company contracts, and everything in between”, including an industrial estate subdivision in Wauchope, along with multiple private asphalt driveway, and kerb and guttering projects.

Along with the Bobcat and rollers, Hurrell Civil currently runs machinery including: three excavators, ranging from five to 30 tonnes, two drotts and dozers, four tipper trucks, one low-loader float, and four kerb and gutter machines; with it having the capacity for bitumen two-coat seal, along with operating an asphalt paver.

“Our equipment is the baseline of our company,” Rick explained. “All of the equipment, along with the staff that we have, enables us to work on larger projects from start to finish, while still maintaining all of the other work we have going on. Without this equipment our company wouldn’t have expanded to where it is today and where it will grow to in the future.”

Finlease Helps Hurrell Civil Grow

About a year after establishing Hurrell Civil, Rick spotted an ad for Finlease in EEM and subsequently got in touch with the specialist business finance broker – starting a relationship that now, three years down the track, has proven to be a pivotal business decision. Indeed, Rick credits Finlease in large part with helping to grow Hurrell Civil into the company that it now is.

Headed up by Founder and CEO Mark O’Donoghue, and spanning a national network of offices, Finlease arranges equipment finance for business owners across most major industries, providing for funding ranging from a single piece of equipment to machinery and property totalling millions of dollars. Many of Finlease’s clients have been with the broker for over 20 years, with it seeking to make finance easy and getting the funding needed on time.

“Finlease offers us all of our equipment finance needs,” Rick commented. “Our company is where it is today thanks to Equipment Finance Broker Jay Martin and the Finlease team.”

Rick additionally stressed the accessibility of dealing with Finlease, with businesses not necessarily always operating to a regular schedule, and sometimes requiring a more flexible approach.

“Jay Martin is our number one,” he stated. “He never leaves you in the lurch, and you always know where you stand with every application – he is available when we need to talk, regardless of whether it’s 6am or 10pm (we owe his wife many thank yous).

He knows how we operate and has built the best working relationship. We will continue to refer everyone who mentions they have a need for equipment financing.”

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