MAN Truck & Bus UK has acquired five dealerships located across central England as part of its purchase of the HRVS Group.
The sites are located in Ripley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Scunthorpe and Sleaford, alongside a customer workshop in Burton upon Trent.
Thomas Hemmerich, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus UK, said: “The acquisition will undoubtedly strengthen our wholly-owned branch network which, following the HRVS purchase, now numbers 24 vehicle service and sales locations.
“We’re very excited to be adding these five new locations to our branch network. We’re also pleased to be welcoming new and highly experienced colleagues to the MAN family. This acquisition is of major importance to our business as it both strengthens our network footprint and further ensures our presence in several key strategic locations.”
Multi-site MAN dealer HRVS Group, through its five dealership locations – covering Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire – has supported MAN customers with vehicle sales and service for more than 17 years. Before becoming MAN franchised agents, the company supported longstanding ERF customers.
Hemmerich added: “We’re keen to integrate HRVS into the MAN Truck & Bus UK team as soon as possible, starting with the transfer of the HRVS employees. HRVS will continue to operate as usual for now. The only difference is that the business is now owned by MAN Truck & Bus UK.”
In 2018, MAN Truck & Bus UK committed to an investment of £20 million in the UK branch network. This has seen several new site openings (an all-new branch has been opened in Gateshead, for instance) and existing site improvements (the Nuneaton branch was completely renovated).