- Wiring Electric forklift chargers into our mains. Can you do this?
- How quickly are handpallet trucks despatched?
- Reach truck or 3 wheel counterbalance: which high-lift forklift?
- Fork extensions for my lift truck: what should I be aware of?
- Would you repair / overhaul our own lift trucks at your workshops?
- Electric v Diesel or LPG / Gas? What Power should I choose for my Forklift?
- What is a cosmetic refurbishment?
- What are the different 'types' of forklift truck?
- What are the different sorts of forklift truck mast available?
- What does Full Free Lift mean?
- What is a sideshift?
- What are forklift truck 'load centres?'
- What does 'de-rating' mean, and how do I calculate it?
- What are the different types of forklift truck tyre available?
- Can you fit attachments to our forklift truck?
- What is a LOLER or Thorough Examination?
- Where does the name 'Bendigo Mitchell' come from?
- What wear is permissible on forks, and how is it measured?
- My forklift battery is no longer holding its charge, what should I do?
- Can you fit a camera to our forklift truck to assist with high lifts?
- Can you fit a weighing scale to our forklift truck?
- What does 'Container Spec' mean?
- Forklift truck acronyms & abbreviations
- Are you members of the FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association)?
- Where is Bendigo Mitchell based?
- Who was Brian Nealon?
- What forklift truck do I need?
- What is a forklift truck hydraulic accumulator?
- What is Kion Baoli's background?
- Can you operate a forklift truck on grass tyres?
- Do you offer fork lift driver training?
- What do you know about internet forklift truck companies?
- Which postcodes are near Bendigo Mitchell?
- Do You Sell Hand Pallet Trucks?
Who was Brian Nealon?
Brian Nealon was co-founder of Bendigo Mitchell in 1978 and Managing Director until his very sudden and sad death in November 2010, when he was succeeded by his son, Duncan.
Brian was a very well known businessman in the Midlands. Having worked in the forklift truck industry for over 50 years, he was also extremely well known and respected within the industry. He served on the board of the Fork Lift Truck Association for over 20 years, serving two terms as both Chairman and President.
In 2011, Brian received the Fork Lift Truck Association Lifetme Achievement Award. It was the first time this award has been presented posthumously, and an extremely proud day for everyone at Bendigo Mitchell.
Below is a video of the award presentation.
When Brian died, we received many letters and emails, from customers, suppliers and competitors. There were a few consistent themes to all of the letters. Below is a word cloud showing what people said. Not a bad assessment, we thought.
Post script: after Brian's death, his family requested that in place of flowers, donations be made to The Children's Society (a charity Brian supported throughout his life) and the Ettington Community First Responders who were on hand within literally minutes of his heart attack. While they were unable to save Brian, their good work has saved many other lives.
Many donations were made from within the forklift truck industry, and Brian's family was delighted to receive a letter from the Ettington Community Responders Scheme saying that 'with a purchase price almost identical to the donations received, we have been able to purchase a scheme car.' This car will be invaulable to the ECFRS as they seek to continue their good work within the community, and on behalf of Brian's family and colleagues, we thank everyone for their generosity.
Below is an article from the local paper, giving news of the purchase:
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