bmi trailers to supply 30 new trailers to Monks Contractors


Dungannon, County Tyrone headquatered bmi trailers is to supply 30 new waste transfer trailers to Monks Contractors having successfully won a tender with the Lancashire County Council. (LCC), working with Lancashire Renewables Limited (LRL) and due to start this Autumn.

LRL was established for the operation and management of two Central Waste Treatment Facilities built for the Lancashire Waste Contract. Their key objectives are to receive, treat and transport contract waste and Monks Contractors have won the contract to provide the vehicles for this service for the next 5 years, which includes a fleet of 30 x bmi trailers, comprising of ejector trailers and walking floors.

Monks Contractors was formed over 25 years ago by Chris Monk and his wife Louise. Chris was 16 years old when he decided to leave school and work in the farming industry, which led him to undertake contracting work around Lancashire. One day Chris was required to go to a landfill site, where when entering the weighbridge, a broken-down truck was blocking access to the site. Chris offered to take a look and due to having some knowledge of a fitting background, advised what the issue was and made a temporary repair to get things moving again.  This resulted in the landfill site’s manager being thankful and in return gave Chris a contract with his tractor…. things only grew and developed from there.25 years later, and the Company is going from strength to strength.

Monks have a fleet of 40 trucks, comprising of landfill and road units and jetting heavy duty vehicles. They have a vast range of plant machinery, offering some of the most sought out waste equipment required in the Industry. Monks in-house maintenance system comprises some of the most high-spec technical equipment, allowing all repairs to be done in-house quickly and effectively. The workshop encompasses an ATF test lane, where fully trained and experienced fitters, welders, auto-electrician’s and tyre men working 7 days a week to keep all their vehicles out on the road.

The team at Monks Contractors are very proud of how far they have come and relied upon waste contractors in the UK working closely with Veolia, Suez, Biffa, FCC Environment and Viridor.

Working with many top blue-chip Companies has allowed them to gain knowledge and understanding on what the waste sector needs and Monks have built a Company that offers it all from processing the waste, shredding it, loading it and transporting it. The team constantly look at how they can improve and learn from their customers, Monks are confident they will continue to grow and are excited to see how they will strive going forward.

Managing Director Chris Monk commented on the dealings: “We are thrilled to have won this contract and we can’t wait to get started in the coming months. It is another positive step forward for the business and we only hope and expect similar contracts to come our way going forward.  We strive for success here, we are always looking for ways to grow, learn and develop as a business. The future is very exciting for us!”

bmi trailers which recently celebrated 20 years in business is the leading manufacturer of walking floor and ejector trailers in the UK and Ireland. Its success to date has been built on their service and after-sales commitment along with their well-built durable products whilst delivering excellent customer service.

Monks Contractors who are based in Mellor Brook in Lancashire, have been working with bmi Trailers since 2007, and have developed a great relationship, where they share design ideas and Monks are the ‘go- to’ company when bmi design new trailers, and they need a successful company to trial their new design concept on behalf of bmi’s R&D team. Recently Monks have joined bmi’s national service network and can provide excellent service back -up to not just their own fleet, but other customers based in or passing through the North West region.

The trailer order is split between 16 bmi ejector trailers and 14 bmi Moving floor® trailers.  The bmi ejector is the industry benchmark product for off-road bulk waste handling.  Their popular and market leading moving floor trailers, of which Monks Contractors already run several on their existing fleet, is the choice of many of the UK’s leading waste management processors and hauliers. Both sets of trailers feature several new safety features at the request of Chris Monk, these include tyre auto inflation, roll stability, remote control functions for floor system, sheeter and air assisted rear door lock release, all features to provide maximum safety benefits for the drivers on this contract.

Managing Director and founder of bmi trailers, Brendan McIlvanna is pleased with the fleet sale: “We are delighted to have won this contract. The team at bmi have worked with Monks Contractors for many years and we are delighted to be working Chris and his team at Monks Contractors, a company that has extensive experience in the waste sector. We very confident that the design we have worked on with Chris will allow him to deliver a first-class service to Lancashire Renewables ltd and Lancashire County Council and we look forward to delivering more of our benchmark trailers to Lancashire.”