The business began life as Titterington Commercials, founded by Fred Titterington in 1973, and became the limited company, Titterington DAF Trucks, in 1978.
In 1980 a majority shareholding in the company was purchased by North East DAF Trucks Ltd. Ron Fullelove took over the running of the company which was re-named Solway DAF Trucks Ltd. In 1986 Ron’s son, Peter, became the main shareholder.
In 1988 the company obtained the newly formed Leyland DAF Franchise following the merger of DAF Trucks with Leyland Trucks. The Leyland DAF merger brought about a major expansion of the business with additional workshop and parts premises being built and new bodyshop and paintshop facilities purchased.
At this time Ernie Coulthard, Service Director, and George Cleasby, Sales Director, became shareholders of the company.
Sadly George Cleasby died in 1990 and Chairman, Ron Fullelove, died in 1993.
In 1992 the company expanded its product offering by adding the van franchise for LDV.
In recent years, the company has expanded by developing its after-sales operations throughout the area and new depots were opened at Dumfries in 1995, Workington in 2000 and at Penrith in 2002. All of the depots experienced significant growth in business and expansion of the facilities available.
In recent years the Company has significantly expanded its facilities at all of its depots. Additional workshop bays have been added at Dumfries and Carlisle. The Workington depot moved to its new location at Lillyhall Industrial Estate in 2014, resulting in a major extension of the service and parts facilities. A new workshop extension and refurbishment programme was completed at Penrith depot in 2016. All of the depots now supply the complete range of TRP All Makes Trucks and Trailer parts.
The company has taken significant steps to improve its quality and environmental performance. It achieved the ISO 9001 Quality Standard in 2011 and the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard in 2014.
The company currently employs 75 staff and has a turnover of about £25 million.
Solway Vehicle Distributors Ltd
Registered office: Kingstown Broadway
Kingstown Industrial Estate
Registered in England No: 1393710