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In October 1987 Kris Guttzeit founded the business Windhoek Hire Sales & Services. He started with 2 air compressors, one Nissan Safari pickup and one general foreman called Johannes Oranje being in charge of delivering and maintaining the compressors, as well as the small tools like mixers and compactors.
The first big job they landed, was the hiring of compressors to the Municipality of Windhoek for the demolition of the old hostel in Katutura. The compressors operated for three weeks, 24 hours per day. The income generated was reinvested in the business with the purchasing of a concrete mixer, a generator set and obviously more air compressors, the core product to the corporation. During this period the spouse of Kris, Brigitte, joined the business to take care of the business accounting.
During 1988 the corporation acquired two agencies, Transplant Namibia (Pty) Ltd and Form Scaff (Pty) Ltd. With Transplant Namibia, they expanded their business to mobile crane hire, transport, the moving of safes, and general rigging jobs. Form-Scaff is a supplier of formwork and scaffolding equipment for hire or sale.
Transplant Namibia stopped operations during April 2002 after which Windhoek Hire Sales & Services took possession of the 4 mobile cranes and the safe and rigging functions.
Windhoek Hire Sales & Services together with its agencies grew from strength to strength. In the beginning of 1994 two new members joined the corporation, Sylvia and GŁnther, two of the five children of Kris and Brigitte. Sylvia took control of the accounting department and GŁnther was to support his father in the managing of the day to day operations of the corporation. The beginning of a family business.
Due to demand, more and more compressors were acquired and the addition of backhoe loaders increased the variety of plant hire equipment within the business. The hire of formwork and scaffolding for hire doubled over the years.
In September 1996, the ELB Earthmoving and Mining Equipment (Pty.) LTD agencies strengthened the capabilities of W.H.S.S with the selling of quality earthmoving and mining equipment.
A Nationwide Plant Hire Service for over 26 years
Windhoek Hire Sales & Services was established in October 1987 by Kris Guttzeit. He started with 2 air compressors, one Nissan Safari pick-up and one general foreman Johannes Oranje, in charge of delivering and maintaining the compressors.
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