SAS Besnier has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Hitachi construction machinery, which dates back to the Eighties and the purchase of its first EX-series medium excavators. The current Managing Director, Jean-Michel Besnier, is the third generation of the family to run the business after his grandfather established the company in 1965.
Initially specialising in agriculture, the company evolved after Jean-Michel’s father took the reins in 1981 and gradually transformed into public works contracting. Besnier has always listened to its customers and developed construction activities in line with market requirements: “When my father took charge of Besnier, it was an agricultural company and he responded to the farmers’ needs for earthmoving and other different projects,” says Jean-Michel.
“We progressively diversified our services to include the rental of construction machinery to various national and regional companies. This in turn meant that we had to increase the size of our fleet of construction machinery to meet demand and the specific requirements of these customers.”
However, Jean-Michel’s first experience in the public works sector was when he left school to become a site manager for a large national construction company before joining his father. “My first memory of Hitachi machines goes back to the first model – an EX150 – that my father purchased back in 1986. An EX120 was added to the fleet and these models gave us the versatility we needed on job sites, and allowed us to increase our growing reputation in public works.”