Come September, one of Ireland’s best-known construction plant distributors, McHale Plant Sales will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 1994.
Founded in the 1950s by Michael McHale Senior, late father of the present company director Michael McHale, it was not until 1994 that the company we know today took its first formidable steps as a national distributor of construction equipment.
That was the year in which McHale Plant Sales was appointed distributor in Ireland for Komatsu construction equipment – a transformative appointment that was to be the springboard for all that was to follow.
From its twin locations at Birdhill and Rathcoole, McHale Plant Sales manages a portfolio of international brands that now includes Komatsu Forest timber harvesting equipment, Metso stone crushing equipment, Terex Ecotec shredders and conveyors, and Merlo telehandlers – all in addition to Komatsu construction lines.
Well-resourced in all respects, the company has a formidable management team that includes co-owners Michael McHale, Tim Shanahan and John O’Brien plus finance director Liam Foley, all ably supported by a back-up management tier each one thoroughly grounded in the needs of the industry.
Asked what has been the hallmark of McHale Plant Sales’ success over the past 25 years, a source close to the company commented: “Without doubt, it has been their understanding of the sectors they serve, their closeness to the people who buy their products, and their ability to expand gradually by building on their strengths in a controlled and measured way. Having a distinguished user base and a first-class range of world-leading products, each one of which complements the other, has not done them any harm either”.
McHale Plant Sales company director Michael McHale (left) pictured in 1994 with customer Dan O’Sullivan of O’Sullivan Plant Hire, Ardagh at the handover of the PC180LC-5 hydraulic excavator, the company’s first Komatsu sale as importers and distributors in Ireland for the high–end Japanese brand.