Hewden Stuart, the long-standing Wolff distributor and for many years one of Europe’s leading tower crane rental companies, has quit the tower crane business. It has sold the division to concrete contractor PC Harrington.

The deal was concluded on 1 October 2002. The price was not disclosed.

PC Harrington has been a customer of Hewden Tower Cranes for several years and has previously bought about a dozen Wolff tower cranes from Hewden.

The merged tower crane business, now called HTC Plant Ltd, has a fleet of nearly 200 cranes, including those on long term lease from MAN Wolffkran in Germany.

PC Harrington approached Hewden Stuart earlier this year to discuss taking over the tower crane division.

PC Harrington, owned and managed by Pat Harrington, describes itself as as one of the UK’s market leaders in the design and construction of reinforced concrete.