Colin joins Merkland from Loxam where he was Divisional and UK Fulfilment Director, primarily responsible for HSE, engineering, and transport and logistics across Loxam’s powered access division.
Prior to that he was managing director at well-known plant and site equipment provider Garic, and also held key positions with Finning UK spanning 11 years, including divisional general manager, where he had strategic, operational and commercial responsibility for the power systems division into a number of global market segments.
Colin Hotchkiss, managing director, said: “I’m excited to join Merkland Tank. I am inheriting a business with an excellent reputation for quality and reliability of service, and a long-serving trusted team who know the industry inside out. I’m very much looking forward to working with them to build on those strengths and lead the company into the next phase of ambitious growth.”
Acquired by equity investor Nevis in 2017, and with origins dating back more than 100 years, Merkland Tank provides a range of industrial services associated with tanks and vessels. Typical works include tank cleaning, inspection, repair, installation, and decommissioning. Clients include oil and pipelines agency, Nynas UK AB, Babcock, Amey, Balfour Beatty and Scottish Power.
Ian Buchan, partner at Nevis, said: “We’re delighted that Colin is joining the business to support us to achieve our long-term goals. He has a wealth of experience of growing industrial services businesses across the UK and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to continue to deliver for our customers.”