Family owned and run since its incorporation in 1984, McGovern Plant Hire started its days out as H McGovern Plant Hire. Hugh, with his very own digger hired himself out to Heathrow Airport in the early 70s, and was joined by his son John in the late 90s.

Since then, H McGovern turned into H McGovern and Son Plant Hire and has grown tenfold. Transitioning from 2 men and 2 machines, John and Hugh made huge investments into what is now a fleet of over 100 machines of varying makes and models.

From highly sophisticated suction excavators to classic tracked and wheeled excavators, we only stock the industry’s most prestigious machinery from renowned names such as Hitachi Construction Machinery and Takeuchi excavators, Mammoth MTS vacuum excavators, Scania and DAF road sweepers, Manitou forklifts, JCB dumpers, Bomag rollers, and more.

With the addition of new new management in 2024, McGovern Plant Hire is on a growth path destined for success. With that, we present to you our latest and most competitive prices, a full team of dedicated staff to help you on your hire journey, and the most advanced fleet of machinery complete with mixed-fleet telematics.

McGovern Plant Hire: From Then to Now

 

HUGH MCGOVERN

1984

After working for PJ Foy and Sons for 8 years, Hugh bought his first digger, a JCB 3C, in 1984 and worked for Jimmy Moran at Heathrow Airport T4. 5 years later he bought his second machine, a wheeled excavator, and began his ultimate venture

H MCGOVERN

1989

H McGovern was born when Hugh’s Brother began working for him, operating his second machine. When unmanned, the machine would go out to clients like Balfour Beatty on the M1 and A40 on self-drive hire

A JOB SHARE IS A JOB DOUBLED

2008

Throughout the 90s and early 2000s, various works continued for Hugh including the widening of the M40. When 2007/2008 came around, Hugh’s son John began working for his dad

H MCGOVERN AND SON

2010

With Hugh’s pair of machines working flat out, John developed the company to a fleet of 5-6, with drivers if the work required them, self-drive if not. H. McGovern and Son was born!

MAKING WAVES

2012

From then, H McGovern and Son’s fleet grew tenfold, buying in specialist kit at the request of our clients, buying the latest innovations from Hitachi and Takeuchi, investing in niche technology like suction excavation, and more

REBRANDING

2016

In 2015, H McGovern and Son underwent some well-deserved rebranding to bring the company's logo and culture into the modern world. Same family-run and owned business, same amazing 5* service and world-class machinery, new branding!

NEW LEADERSHIP

2023

To take McGovern Plant Hire to the next level, owners Hugh and John appointed a new Managing Director to take on the day to day tasks of running the business, investing in the best machinery on the market, and more.

THE NEW MCGOVERN PLANT HIRE

2024

Now at its peak in fleet numbers with over 100 pieces of a wide range of machinery, McGovern is taking the hire industry by storm. Head back here to see what's coming next!

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