Access equipment from Genie Australia is taking an equipment hire business in Mount Isa, Queensland to great heights.
Mount Isa is a remote town in Queensland supported by the Xstrata lead mine. Matt Vanderkamp runs Barkly Hire, a company that evolved from the family businesses, Barkly Engineering and Barkly Welders. The hire venture commenced in 1998 when Matt acquired a small local access business called Koghan’s Cranes.
Beginning with a fleet of just nine units, Barkly Hire has grown to more than 120 pieces of access equipment comprising of booms, scissors, forks and telehandlers. Matt explains that the company services the mine maintenance and construction industries with access equipment, taking in a radius of about 500km around Mount Isa.
According to Matt, Barkly Hire is a perfectly sized family business that has achieved critical mass to support the local market, with the ability to respond really quickly to the market with equipment, hire rates and general support.
At the heart of the success of Barkly Hire is the Genie brand. Rating the brand as better than most to work in the mining industry, Matt points out the operator friendly and easy-to-maintain aspects of Genie products.
He explains that the access equipment has to work in a harsh operation environment, which includes extreme heat coupled with the abrasive and corrosive operation climate in the mine plants. Equipment typically lasts for about eight years.
The most recent acquisition at Barkly Hire is the Genie GS-3268RT scissor lift. Having already added two GS-2668RT rough terrain scissors into the fleet, which have been performing well, he decided to get a third rough terrain lift in a bigger model to be able to service future opportunities.
Genie products are ready-built for mine work, requiring very little by way of modifications before being put to service in the industry.
Barkly Hire is also positioned as the one-stop-shop for plant shutdowns. Offering 160 tonne cranes to gen sets and even a wheelbarrow, Matt Vanderkamp can supply through Barkly Hire and its sister business Mount Isa Hire, which targets builders and the handyman sector.
He signs off by vouching for Genie’s prompt sales and technical support even though his hire business is located in a remote region.