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Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:43 pm
by toproller
I worked for hoveringham gravels based at finningley near doncaster,and we used to deal with umo plant hire.
We opperated about three belaz dump trucks at that time and we had frequent visits from the russions.
I will post a picture when i get the hang of this forum.

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:01 am
by toproller
Here is a photo of one of our russion dumpers.

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:07 am
by toproller
One more taken out of a magazine.

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:49 pm
by David 48
I found this and I know it an old post ,The driver of the Low Lowder out of Doncaster was Bernard Flockton.The Plant manager at Doncaster was Gerry Southgate followed by Ronny Blundell( the Riddler he was ex Dowsetts) Gerry was at Castleford before thy moved depot to Pilkingtons Glass Yard at Kirk Sandle I was a tractor fitter for them Spent most of mt time on the DET 250 there was a Smaller tractor about a D6 size it used to be on the pit top at Brodsworth

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:17 pm
by donbuz
David 48 wrote:I found this and I know it an old post ,The driver of the Low Lowder out of Doncaster was Bernard Flockton.The Plant manager at Doncaster was Gerry Southgate followed by Ronny Blundell( the Riddler he was ex Dowsetts) Gerry was at Castleford before thy moved depot to Pilkingtons Glass Yard at Kirk Sandle I was a tractor fitter for them Spent most of mt time on the DET 250 there was a Smaller tractor about a D6 size it used to be on the pit top at Brodsworth

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:35 pm
by tctractors
I have a stack of the sales sheets from the UMO days, a man I used to do a load of work for (on Bulk M/S) had some coins tied into the UMO empire, they even had little pickup trucks.

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:51 pm
by RichardJW~
Here are a couple I saw during my travels a few years back.........


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Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:26 pm
by clockworklozenge1
Dowsett Belaz ....

Re: UMO Plant of Letchworth 1970s/80s

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:07 am
by Partsman79
It is some years since the last post on UMO Plant, but I have just come across this site and thought I would add to the background. I was the UK Parts Manager for both UMO Plant and UMO Belarus (the tractor and agricultural arm) from 1977 to 1980, based at Letchworth. All Belarus business was done through Letchworth via a network of dealers all over the UK, but UMO Plant, although also based at Letchworth also had a major Depot in Kirk Sandal, Doncaster and for a while, a satellite depot in Glasgow. At the time I was there most plant sales were of the Kraz 256b dump truck and latterly some UAZ 452 4WD vans/small trucks. When I left in January 1980, the administration was from a smart new building in Blackhorse Road, but I believe the business closed in the early to mid eighties. I was amazed to pass by the site earlier this year to find the building empty and boarded up but well maintained and still showing "UMO HOUSE" over the entrance. Does anyone know who owns it now?
During my time there I saw no direct evidence of KGB activity but we often wondered if any of the British staff were planted by our own security services to keep an eye out for anything untoward.