MORE than 100 Ford vans built in Southampton have been added to the fleet of a south coast building and maintenance services contractor in a major order worth £2.5m at showroom prices.

Mountjoy, which has bases in Portsmouth, Southampton, Woking and Newport on the Isle of Wight, has taken delivery of 119 short wheelbase Ford Transit vans that were built at Ford’s plant in Southampton, as well as three Ford Transit tippers and 13 Ford Fiesta Vans.

Each van has been equipped with racking and interior lining, as well as a roof rack, enabling Mountjoy staff to carry out reactive maintenance duties for the firm’s clients, which include Southern Housing Group, the University of Southampton and the Isle of Wight Council.

Dave Redman, Mountjoy’s managing director, said: “We were not only looking for a good deal – we needed a fleet that suited the way our maintenance teams work, which had lower carbon emissions and was more fuel efficient.

“Ford came back with an ideal solution for us.”