History of Farid Hillend Engineering Limited
Heil Farid European Company Limited evolved to become Farid Hillend Engineering LimitedTHE EVOLUTION OF THE SPECIES
The Heil evolution began in 1901 in a small rented building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Julius P. Heil. His first garbage trucks (refuse collection vehicles) were built for the city of Milwaukee in the early 1900s.
In 1971 Jack Allen (Sales & Service) Limited (JA) brought the Heil ‘garbage truck’ across the Atlantic and after modifications to suit the UK it soon became a UK market leader.
In May of 1973 the body manufacturing plant was opened in Hillend, (Dunfermline near Edinburgh) Scotland. Later the Dover Group (Heil owners at the time) and JA parted company allowing the newly named Heil Europe to further develop its products into Europe.
After purchasing the manufacturing plant in Hillend in January 2013 and acquiring the sole rights to the Heil product in the UK and Europe the new company HeilFarid European Company Limited was formed. An expanded history of how Heil came to Europe is appended below.
The acquisition agreement obtained by Farid European Group on behalf of the HeilFarid European Company Limited allowed the retention of the Heil company name and logo for a four year period. Effective from 1st January 2017, the evolution ended with the company being renamed FaridHillend Engineering Limited.
Now and for the future, with a recognised depth of manufacturing experience and knowledge of RCV user requirements that is second to none, FaridHillend Engineering Limited is fully committed to continuing to provide the premier class of product (PowerLink, TwinTrak, Big Bite – rear loaders and Euro Half Pack – front loaders) and customer service for which its reputation has evolved over the last century.
History of Heil in Europe
For 100 years, the Heil name stood for quality and innovation. Throughout the world, these attributes underpin the performance of the Heil equipment and reflect the standard of service and support for which the company is internationally renowned.
It was first introduced to the UK by Jack Allen (Sales & Service) Limited (JA) in 1971, when JA was searching the globe for a ‘market leading’ refuse collection vehicle to take on the competition. An interesting anecdote from that time: John Allen’s thoughts turned to the United States of America in his global search. Having foraged fruitlessly through shelves at the American Embassy’s commercial library in London for an hour or more looking for refuse vehicles, he decided to ask the assistant for help. He explained his dilemma, her reply “try looking under ‘T’ for trash wagons, honey” this led eventually to an association with Heil, the world's largest manufacturer of refuse vehicles at that time.
The very first production Heil refuse vehicle (C1) that JA sold was to the City of Salford in 1971. Shortly afterwards plans were drawn up to produce Refuse collection vehicle (RCV) bodies here in the UK. In May of 1973 a body manufacturing plant was opened in Hillend, (Dunfermline near Edinburgh) Scotland. Shortly after the opening, the first all-UK manufactured RCVs entered service and within five years not only were vehicles being built at Hillend in Scotland but it also became market leader in the UK.
Over the years the Hillend business (HEIL), supplied a wide range of RCVs and regularly exported to Finland, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Spain.
Later the company became known as Heil Europe and for almost three decades the company built on its engineering and manufacturing know-how to produce refuse collection vehicles for the UK and European markets.
Now, with an unmatched depth of manufacturing experience and a knowledge of RCV user requirements which is second to none, Heil Europe, under its new owner and title of Farid Hillend Engineering Limited (formally Heil Farid European Company Limited), continues to provide the premier class of product and customer service for which its reputation was established over a century ago.