Murray Plant named as Shearcore’s Worldwide Distributor of the Year 2019

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23rd January 2020

Murray Plant named as Shearcore’s Worldwide Distributor of the Year 2019

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Superior, WI—ShearCore announced that Murray Plant, a Blue Group company, has been named the 2019 Fortress Worldwide Distributor of the year.

Murray Plant purchased a record-breaking number of Fortress products in 2019 – making them the #1 distributor of Fortress products worldwide.  Bruce Bacon, President of Exodus/ShearCore, indicates that “there is no doubt that the skyrocketing success for Fortress in the United Kingdom is in large part due to the professional team at Murray Plant.” Kevin Boreen, CEO of Exodus Machines, echoed Bacon’s high regard of the working relationships with Murray plant, stating that “We could not have asked for a better partner than Murray Plant/Blue Group to introduce the Fortress family of products to the UK market.  We look forward to continued success for many, many years to come!”

The breadth of the Murray Plant and Blue Group product offerings, the quality of the facilities, and their dedicated staff makes them the perfect distribution partner. “Fergal, Bruce, Mick, and others at Murray Plant have been cornerstones of stability and I believe certainly that the number of ‘high profile’ professional Demolition contractors that own Fortress products is a direct result of their reputation for fair play and good service,” states Bacon.

ShearCore prides itself on the relationships that have been built in the industry and is extremely grateful for the relationships we’ve built with Murray Plant and Blue Group that has helped us to grow our market share in the United Kingdom.  Terry Sturgell, ShearCore Regional Sales Manager, has been a vital team member in cultivating the relationship with Murray Plant and through his hard work this alliance has only grown stronger.

Our business model has always been to focus on long-term relationships with customers and this can only be achieved if the quality of product you are supplying is right. With Fortress we are very fortunate to have what we consider is the Rolls Royce in premium shears,” states O’Neill.

Bacon also recognizes that relationships are key to continued growth and states that “I am in appreciation of the superb relationship that these companies have with Fortress and the markets, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t state how amazing the personal acceptance of our team and products has been by many Demolition and Recycling companies in the U.K. I consider it an honor to know many of these men and women personally, and it is one of my best experiences in life to feel welcomed by them. I truly hold their trust and friendship in high regard.”

About ShearCore: ShearCore, a division of Exodus Machines, offers a full product line for the recycling and demolition industries that include the Fortress Mobile Shears and Concrete Processors, which are made in their facility in Superior, Wisconsin. ShearCore operates under the simple belief: hire great people, deliver the best product, and focus on customer satisfaction. ShearCore has quickly become the new world standard in demolition and scrap recycling systems, with a reputation for innovative design, advanced engineering, and world class manufacturing. Additionally, ShearCore is the North American distributor for the Copex Portable and Stationary Shears.

About Murray Plant: Originally started in 1972 by Bruce’s late father Bob, who was always on the lookout for something different led to purchasing a Rammer Breaker in 1985 – a Rammer S82 – a Big Hammer at the time!

Eventually becoming the Scottish Rammer Dealer. Murray Plant has only ever sold Rammer making it one of the U.Ks most consistent Hammer Distributors and one of the world’s longest serving Rammer dealers. Murray became sole UK importer in 1985. Other Products followed namely Allu Screening Buckets, OilQuick quick couplers, Xcentric Crushing Buckets, Pladdet Rotating Grabs, and more recently Fortress Shears and Pulverizers.

About Blue Group: Blue is a specialist provider of material processing equipment for the Quarry & Demolition, Scrap, Recycling, Ports and Energy segments in the UK and Ireland. Blue offers total solutions, from single equipment specification and supply, to the bespoke design and installation of complete integrated processing systems.  With an extensive, but focused, portfolio of world leading OEM brands in the materials processing and handling sectors, Blue combines the very best in proven equipment with the latest innovative technologies to give you a competitive edge to your business.

Blue started when four individual Powerscreen dealerships combined their experience and expertise in 2004 to form Blue Machinery.  With an ever-changing marketplace, it was important for Blue to combine in order to maximize their resources and provide the very best service to our customers.  With a turnover in excess of £160 million, Blue continues to go from strength to strength as we deliver the very best innovative solutions to our customer base. Our 10 strategically located sites ensure we offer UK wide aftersales coverage for all servicing and spare part needs.


“We at Murray Plant have been delighted with the Fortress product line. The world leading pedigree and quality of the range on both shears and concrete tools have been phenomenal. We now have customers investing in their second, third and in some cases fourth units because of their experience with the product,”  Fergal O’Neill of Murray Plant.