A new ‘66’ plate Volvo FL-250, 4×2 rigid dray-wagon has joined the nine-strong fleet of Manchester’s leading, independent family brewer, Joseph Holt Ltd.

According to Joseph Holt Ltd.’s Fleet Manager John Collins, the new truck was delivered in time for the busy Christmas and New Year holiday delivery schedules, which will be underway soon.

Joseph Holt Ltd. reports that they continue to purchase Volvo trucks for their dray-wagons thanks to the proven reliability and build quality of the Swedish marque. They have been operating Volvo trucks for more than 20 years.

The Day cab FL-250 is plated at 18-tonnes GVW and its specification includes the 6-speed I-Sync automated gearbox and a rear-view camera, for manoeuvring on deliveries with tight access.

The curtainside bodywork was built by Don Bur of Stoke-on-Trent. A Dhollandia tuck-away tail lift is also fitted – the first to be specified on the fleet. Joseph Holt Ltd will keep the FL-250 for around 15 years. The new truck replaces a 51 plate FL.

The bodywork features a new design on the curtains. For the first time, this features high-quality images of pints of Joseph Holt’s Gold Medal award winning beers and lagers.

Joseph Holt Ltd have around 120 pubs in the North West of England and the Greater Manchester area. The transport fleet is also used to deliver mixed loads of beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks to off-trade customers over an area that stretches, approximately, from Southport in the north to Macclesfield in the south.

Joseph Holt have been brewing beer since 1849 and on the same site, off Cheetham Hill Road, since 1860. The now thoroughly modern brewery is still surrounded by some of the original buildings.

Joseph Holt’s new Volvo FL was supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, Trafford Park, Manchester.