From the beginning...
David Watson Transport Ltd started off life as Milbank Trucks Ltd in 1986.
David Watson started as a driver for Milbank Floors Ltd (part of the Milbank group of companies) which was established in 1947 near Chelmsford in Essex. Manufacturers of precast concrete units to designs patented by Geoffrey Milbank. 1985 saw the Company move to a modern purpose built factory on an 8 acre site at Earls Colne. January 1984 saw the purchase of the first lorry under the Milbank Floors banner. The lorry was the first of its kind to be fitted with a Tico lorry loader arm, equipped with a winch to allow it to be used in the same manner as a mobile crane.
In July 1986 Milbank Trucks Ltd was formed as a separate company with David Watson as the Managing Director. Steps were taken to develop the company from a specialist in the delivery of concrete flooring products to taking on other work requiring the use of a heavylift crane lorry. In 1988, an 8 wheeled rigid lorry, fitted with a 30 ton/metre crane − the largest of its type at that time − was purchased with the specific aim of being able to lift heavier plant and equipment than any of the competitors.
Milbank Trucks continued to expand, with over 115 trucks in the fleet and over 140 employees. Depots at Earls Colne, Brandon, Cliffe, Stafford and Northampton gave the company great coverage throughout the United Kingdom allowing a fast and efficient response to customer's demands. In November 2008 Milbank Trucks was placed into administration as a result of the failure of sister company Milbank Floors Ltd due to the decline in the building industry. Because the company had been successful, the administrators and banks fully supported a takeover by David Watson and his team so December 22nd 2008 David Watson Transport Ltd completed the purchase of the assets of the company formerly known as Milbank Trucks Ltd.
Since the very beginning the company has achieved continuous and successful growth and through hard work and unrivalled service are still one of the largest specialist crane truck hire companies in the UK, enjoying an enviable reputation whilst continuing to set the standards for others to follow.
Now no longer part of the group of companies the business has moved on, in the right hands. With nearing 100 trucks in the fleet, 120 employees and depots at all 5 locations still, David Watson Transport provide their customers with a nationwide service and expertise that allows a fast, efficient and economical response to customer needs.