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of Halifax, maker of tugs for ground-handling of aircraft.

Subsidiary of Marshalls (Halifax)

At some point presumably Marshalls acquired Reliance (Trucks) of Heckmondwicke.

1972 Marshalls (Halifax) was a maker of aircraft ground support and airfield tractors; it acquired Mercury Truck and Tractor and Mercury Airfield Equipment businesses from the Hestair Group[1]

1976 Reliance Mercury exhibited a range of vehicles for airport use including the RM 3000 tug powered by a British Leyland engine for operation on petrol or LPG.[2]

1984 Employed electronic controller designed and made by Sloan Power Electronics of Gateshead in its electric tractors[3]

1987 Marshalls sold Reliance-Mercury

By 1992 was part of Trinity Holdings[4], later renamed Dennis Group

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 18, 1972
  2. Commercial Motor archive [1]
  3. The Times Nov. 9, 1984
  4. The Times, Sept. 1, 1992