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Left to right: Andy Neath, projects director, and Claire Wilson, managing director, of Lawson Demolition.
Photo provided by Finning UK & Ireland and Stone Junction Limited.

Lawson Group calls on Caterpillar for excavator upgrades

U.K. demolition firm celebrates 30 years in business with additional Caterpillar equipment.

January 10, 2022

Shrivenham, United Kingdom-based demolition and asbestos removal firm Lawson Demolition acquired two new 323 hydraulic excavators made by Caterpillar Inc. to celebrate its 30-year anniversary in 2021. Lawson purchased the machines from Finning UK and Ireland, Caterpillar’s distributor in the region.

Lawson Demolition, a member company of the Lawson Group, says it is using the new machines with a variety of different work tools for demolition and materials processing applications. The company says it was looking for high-quality equipment that boasted reliable performance while also benefitting from better fuel efficiency and lower emissions as it strives to reduce its carbon footprint.

The two Caterpillar 323s will be joining an already established fleet of Cat excavators at Lawson. The new material handlers helped Lawson Demolition celebrate its 30th year in business in 2021. That milestone last year unfortunately also was accompanied by the loss of the firm’s founder and long-time leader, Martin Wilson.

Caterpillar and the Lawson Group describe Wilson as the driving force behind a successful self-grown business that was formed into a group of companies in 2003 with the launch of Lawson Group. The business is now directed by Claire Wilson, managing director, and Andy Neath, projects director. In addition to his role at Lawson Group, Martin Wilson served as U.K. National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) president from 2015 to 2017.

“Our 30th year in business hasn’t been exactly as we imagined it, with the tragic loss of my beloved father and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Claire Wilson. “However, with the help of our dedicated team, the support of Finning and our other suppliers, we’re confident that his legacy will live on for next 30 years and more.”

“We will continue our excellent working relationship with Lawson Group — something that we’ve had for 20 years through both sales and aftercare,” says Darren Bodio, national account manager at Finning UK & Ireland. “The 323 medium excavators will be a fine addition to its fleet, and we will be supporting the company as they continue to secure projects planned for 2022 and beyond with servicing and maintenance from Cat certified engineers and a three-year essentials parts [arrangement].”

The two Cat 323s are being “put straight to work at current demolition sites” in the U.K., according to Finning. “Delivering power, speed and high production performance, the Cat 323 has all the technology and benefits that companies need to take demolition to the next level,” states the equipment distributor.