Andrew Lupton

Econ Engineering was formed in 1969 by Andrew Lupton’s father. Originally, an agricultural specialist it diversified into an engineering company who manufacture a range of winter and highway maintenance vehicles, with 85% share of UK winter maintenance market. Andrew joined the business in the late 80s and has overseen many changes, whilst keeping highway maintenance at the core.  

The company offers bespoke customer solutions and is renowned for its excellent service culture from the directors through to the service engineers and the shop floor. Investing a six figure sum into R&D each year, Econ differentiates itself through innovation. In the late 90s, during the period of public spending cuts, Andrew and his brother, Jonathan, revolutionised the market by introducing a fleet of gritters for hire and doubled the fleet the year after. Econ are now the UK’s largest provider of own brand gritters for hire.    

The company is on track to achieve sales of £34m (ending 31st March 2020), has 240 employees and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. In support of this, as well as opening depots in Alloa and Cardiff, Econ has acquired 24 acres of land in Sowerby to facilitate it’s expansion plans.