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Lift Truck distributor Briggs Equipment appoint Chris Meinecke chief 0perating officer

Briggs Equipment, sole UK national Cat ® Lift Truck distributor and leading independent materials handling service provider has appointed Chris Meinecke as Chief Operating Officer, effective from January 1st 2010.

Chris joins the UK team from the USA where he has worked with Briggs Equipment for over 18 years. Briggs Equipment’s parent company, Sammons Enterprises Inc., is one of the world’s largest privately owned companies who are committed to long term investment in the UK.

Now based within the UK at Briggs’ national headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire, Chris will play a key role. "Briggs is in a uniquely strong position in the UK market, delivering innovative solutions for our customers and I look forward to working with both the UK team and our customers to achieve our mission of becoming the UK’s leading independent long term rental company," said Chris Meinecke.

Richard Close, CEO comments: "We are extremely pleased that Chris has joined us as Chief Operating Officer at Briggs Equipment UK. He brings with him his wide array of experience of materials handling from our USA partner. As a business we are constantly working closely with our USA counterpart and parent to create synergies and innovation across both countries. Chris’ appointment is a clear sign of Sammons’ commitment to the UK market."

Through its value driven culture, Briggs has been leading innovation in the UK industry by empowering its talented people. Briggs UK has launched unique new products and services such as BE Fleet and FlexiHire. Briggs’ engineers, who are some of the most highly trained and multi-skilled in the industry, have been key in the process of providing day-to-day service excellence across the UK for its broad customer base.

"Briggs Equipment is a highly value driven company committed to providing first class service, delivered through our people. The appointment of Chris to this strategically vital role emphasises our drive and forward vision," continued Richard Close.

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