1975 the company soon outgrew its premises and moved
to new premises in Glengall Street, Belfast. However,
in 1978 during the troubles in Northern Ireland,
the building was set ablaze by two “grille
bombs”. Mr Patton does not fully know the
extent of his loss, but he suffered a great financial
loss. Among the offers of help was one of temporary
premises at Shore Road. Harold went straight to
the site and bought it and soon the business was
back up and running and he has never looked back.
The secret of success in the hire
industry, he says is to have a wide range of top
class equipment and consumables in stock all the
Mr & Mrs Patton have now retired.
The business is currently being managed by Harold
Junior, his wife Roisin and Robert Fitzpatrick (Director).
Patton Engineering (Patton Hire
Centre) is still operating out of the premises on
the Shore Road which was bought in 1978 and have
also expanded to open a depot in Lisburn.