Founded in 1981 with one lorry and D.R. Macleod driving, the company is now in its 33rd year and operates 55 large commercial vehicles, plus around 90 trailers, supplemented with approximately a dozen smaller vans for local deliveries; and employs over 100 people throughout the Western Isles, Inverness, Skye and Glasgow – making the island-based business a truly nationwide company..
While the hub of the opeartion is in Inverness, the headquarters are based in Stornoway where in 1981 the company was founded.
People might associate the lorries just with Stornoway, but the bigger fleet operate from the mainland depots covering everywhere from Inverness to Glasgow and beyond, incorporating not only general haulage but food distrbution on behal of Tesco and the Cooperative throughout the islands from Skye and the Uists into the Islands of Lewis of Harris.
On the mainland the fleet is hopefully a good advert for Stornoway any time they are seen on the road. The vehicles are the companies moving billboard, highlighting the companys distinctive livery and along with others, D.R. Macleod Ltd help raise the islands profile throughout the UK.
Featuring on the front cover of haulage trade magazine ‘Commercial Motor’ and subject of a four page feature within the magazine is Scotland’s Top Chilled Distribution Company 2014: D.R Macleod Ltd.
The chilled distribution part of the job is the most challenging, so for the company to be judged by a panel from the industry and win the award in that particular sector, where the company was up against some big-hitting companies that were mainland based is particularly satisfying, D.R, himself added: “We’re delighted to have won – it’s a good reflection on our personnel and our customers on the islands and further afield that we’re able to win such a prestigious national award.”
Company owner DR Macleod points to the ´loyal, long term staff´ being behind its success. He said: "Winning this is totally down to the staff. You´re only as good as the people who work in the company and we´re very fortunate to have excellent staff."
Excess size, extra heavy or just plain difficult, the D.R. Macleod fleet has the right lorry for your job. From around the corner to around the United Kingdom, from the major cities to remote and rural communities, the D.R. Macleod team will roll up their sleeves to get your job done. With a new and modern fleet they offer reliability and flexibility. Isn't your job important enough to make the switch.
We promise reliability, professionalism and on-time service. The difference is, we were established especially to deliver on these promises. Modern communications and old fashioned service, isn’t it time you made the switch to D.R. Macleod Ltd.
Not only do we have a team of drivers with many years of experience but we also have office staff and operations people with a wealth of experience in the heavy haulage industry.
Logistically, if it can fit onto a trailer, we will haul it.
Some examples of a few of our regular loads.