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much of which will be available at specially reduced prices. Featured at the event will be the new JCB 8000-series Fastrac and the new AgriPro Loadall, the new Case IH Luxxum, Maxxum and Rowtrac range tractors, the New Holland new T6.175 Tier 4B Blue Power edition, and from Amazone will be the new Cayros plough, the Catros 8m, the new Cirrus 6003 Twintec and the new Pantera 4502 Tier 4 self-propelled sprayer with AmaSelect. From Sulky will be the X40 Econov fertiliser spreader, and from Claydon will be the new T3 trailed 3m drill. Cousins will be showing its new 4m surface cultivator.

Ely depot official opening G&J Peck began trading in Ely in 1846, and its head office has been based in the city since that time. Brand new purpose-designed premises were built in 1979 but since then, growth of the business and larger agricultural machinery meant the site was outgrown. A 2-acre greenfield site on the outskirts of Ely was purchased freehold, and construction of purpose-designed premises began in January last year and, in late autumn, staff and stock were relocated. The new workshop has 12 bays, several large enough for combine harvesters, and the single span building has plenty of space for service access to large machinery such as Case IH Quadtracs. “The previous buildings were excellent when they were new but, as the business grew, operations had to be split between two sheds, which were really just like large farm buildings as far as the main structure was concerned,” explained Ian. “Low workshop roofs meant tractor cabs couldn’t be removed inside and, while we had a large team of service staff available to look after customers’ machines, they couldn’t all work at the depot at the same time as there wasn’t enough space. We supply and service lots of groundcare and garden equipment and work on these had to be carried out in a building separate from the agricultural machinery. It restricted what we could achieve and compromised workflow. “Accessing the branch is easier with a main road serving the large industrial estate, whereas previously many customers travelled through the centre of Ely, which wasn’t ideal with large farm vehicles and lorries. Designing the new site from scratch allowed planning of every aspect including a dual entrance to access the workshops for agricultural vehicles while showroom and parts counters have a separate entrance,” he

p The Official opening of the new Pecks AgriTrac depot at Ely is on 22nd February. u The new workshop has space for the largest machines.

explained. A team of 10 mobile engineers, all with service vans, is now based at the depot to meet the needs of customers in the area, assisted by trainees and apprentices. “It’s all about providing the best possible service for customers,” said Ely depot service manager Keith Peachey. “If we can improve the efficiency of our operation this helps us give better service. Our company is centered around providing excellent customer care.” The new building includes sales and administration offices, a service administration centre and large parts stores. A well-lit showroom has separate agricultural and retail service counters, and includes stocks of paint, ironmongery and tools along with lawnmowers and powered maintenance equipment, farm sundries and parts. It’s 25 per cent larger than before, allowing a wider selection of products to be displayed and is lit with the latest modern LED lighting and is climate-controlled. “We service more than 2,000 lawnmowers per year,” explained groundcare and horticultural manger Steve Mason, “which keeps three fulltime engineers busy all year round. It’s another area of our business which has successfully continued to grow.”

The new showroom has separate counters for retail and agricultural customers and offers a wide selection of products.

New Case IH Axial Flow combines were available this year and impressed users with their high work rates and simple design.

Customer convenience Another area of investment was communications and computer systems technology. “While equipping the new building, we upgraded our customer management and accounts IT systems which will be rolled out across the branches. We are also investing in broadband, fibre-based telephone systems for all our depots. continued over...

The Case IH Rowtrac offers the advantages of tracks, distributing weight over a large surface area, but retains the benefits of a wheeled tractor during headland turns avoiding the ridges created by twin-track crawlers.

The Case IH Optum is extremely versatile and capable of light top work or being ballasted for heavy cultivations.

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