There is no doubt that local businesses have been going through a tough time lately. And when the going gets tough, there is no point in continuing to do business as usual and blindly hoping that things will improve – as business owners, we all have to rise to the occasion and come up with innovative solutions.

Nico Swart with some of the reliable equipment that can be hired from CCS.

“Now is the time to think out of the box,” say Nico and Marlene Swart, the owners of CCS Plant, Tool & Trailer Hire, who recently added Air Solutions to their range of services. Both agree that the keys to the success of their one-stop shop for hiring equipment over the past 13 years have been the loyal support of their customers and a reliable, responsible team that has developed over time.

“With the economic downturn following the riots in Hermanus last year, we have been presented with new challenges, though” says Nico. While many businesses have closed their doors over the past 20 months, including Nico’s former neighbour in the Hermanus Industrial Area, Compressed Air, the Swarts have decided to diversify and expand.

Realising there is now a gap in the market, Nico has invested in a brand-new air compressor, a machine that can be used for a variety of applications. In general, an air compressor can power a number of useful air tools used for construction work or building, such as a jackhammer, air sanders, air impact wrenches, and grinders, to name a few. An air compressor can also be used to pump high-pressure air to fill gas cylinders, to supply divers, to help in powering pneumatic HVAC control systems, and to power pneumatic tools.

Reinier Matthee and Elzänne Swart with CCS’s brand-new air compressor.

Nico and Marlene have been happily settled in Hermanus since October 2006, when they took over CCS, a successful business which is now in its 30th year. Apart from their commitment to impeccable service, the Swarts consider themselves privileged to have this opportunity to provide work for local folk, while educating them and imparting knowledge which ultimately helps them grow in confidence as well as in product and customer awareness.

“It’s about empowering people and working as a team,” concludes Nico. “Most of the ‘players’ in our business have worked faithfully for the company for a decade or more.” Marlene, the company’s bookkeeper, adds: “It’s all about continuously striving for excellence.”

CCS Plant, Tool & Trailer Hire and Air Solutions can be found at 4 Mimosa Street in the Hermanus Industrial Area. Contact 028 312 2280 or 079 492 5726.

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