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Today’s Gilmore Services Ltd / Just Tankers started in the 1950’s by Sidney Gilmore trading as Gilmore Fuels.

The business started with one tanker providing motor, heating and lubricating oils to the Ards Peninsula.

Gilmore Tankers
  1. Veteran Tanker

    Sidney Gilmore started in the oil industry with one fuel tanker when a gallon of home heating oil cost 3 farthings and ended up with one of the leading fuel distribution businesses in Northern Ireland.

    The first Bedford “O-Type” Tanker was purchased for £400.00 and was painted in the first Gilmore Fuels livery. With Sidney’s enthusiasm and mechanical knowledge, he quickly realised having a powered pump would bring extra efficiency of to the delivery service and purchased a new pump at £500.00 which was more than he had paid for the complete tanker.

    This allowed a unique and fast service to the customers at that time which ranged from industrial applications to the busy fishing fleet working from the Ards Peninsula in Portavogie harbour.

  2. Sidney was offered the chance to expand the business to the Belfast area by his supplier Fina. The Belfast business grew steadily each year until summer in 1968 when the troubles began.

    Unfortunately, a bullet was fired through the office window yet very fortunately, no one was injured and it seemed like a good time to upgrade the premises.

  3. Sidney Gilmore

    During this period Gilmores Fuels went from strength to strength employing more staff each year and adding different sized tankers to the fleet. As the fleet grew the maintenance and servicing requirement increased requiring a larger site.

    Sidney then sourced and secured an ideal site in Parkgate Avenue in early 1974 to house the now 10+ fleet of tankers as well as the necessary staff. The new site “Garfield House” was in the heart of the Belfast industrial area on Parkgate Avenue.

    It is important to note that the oil business was relatively young at this time which makes this fleet size all the more impressive .

    In 1975 it became necessary to expand once more which led to the purchase of the current site in Connsbrook Avenue Belfast. This was initially as a Workshop & Repairs facility but also housed Lock-Up Garages used by the locals who worked in the shipyard famous for the Titanic.

    Sidney always likes to mention that the ship was “Fine when it left Belfast”, but that is another story.

    The business and reputation quickly grew and in fact led to Trading standards using it as a base every Wednesday to test the measures of not just Gilmore Fuels Tankers but also to test the Other regional oil companies

  4. Tanker on Dock Sidney diversified and acquired a substantial Dairy farm in Kircubbin County Down Northern Ireland which is still operating in the family today with the largest Dairy herd in the area with over 400 cows and a state of the art milking parlour.

  5. As the business is growing in many ways Sidney takes the opportunity to invite his son, Matthew Gilmore, to officially join the company. This is a smooth introduction as Matthew had been climbing under and over the tankers with his father since he could walk. Once Matthew became established, he quickly shows an aptitude for the tanker business and begins learning the business and leading the company ever onwards.

  6. Matthew identified the opportunity to expand the business with the acquisition of Maine Tankers, a tanker servicing and manufacturing company based in Cullybackey, County Antrim from James Forgrave. This substantial engineering and fabrication business came to the Gilmores business with 12 engineering staff plus 2 in management offices.

    They successfully manufactured market-leading road tankers for the Irish market. Typically it took 8 full weeks to mount a 13,000 Ltr barrel onto the contemporary DAF, Volvo or Scania Chassis. Sidney still says that “some other companies could build them faster, but no one builds them as well and to his specification”.

    As a result of this quality, Maine Tankers did considerable new builds / remounts / repairs for the Northern Ireland and Irish Fuel industry and many of the tankers are still in use today.

    Maine Tankers were the primary maintenance provider to Dale Farm / United Dairy Farmers 130 Strong fleet of Milk Farm Collection Tankers and Milk Reload Tankers covering full repair, maintenance and meter calibration.

  7. Matthew creates the “Just Tankers” brand. An Online web site to market new and used tankers for sale across the world.

  8. Maine Tankers purchases the PFS (Purfleet Forecourt Services) NI mobile van based tanker spares business supplying the wider fuel trade which is subsequently rebranded into the JustTankerSpares.com business.

  9. Maine Tankers Ltd opens new premises in Mallusk to expand into truck and tractor units pumping hydraulics and blowers. With a growing and thriving staff increasing the tanker and fitout output and fully modernising the production process and offices.

  10. Matthew Gilmore is appointed as MD of Maine Tankers and shortly afterward launches the TruFlow metering and pumping system developed entirely in house with full MID Approval.

  11. Matthew Gilmore identifies G Magyar as the leading Tanker Manufacturer in Europe, initially making contact with the owners and developing the relationship to distribute their products through a new concept “New Tankers Always in Stock” stock build program.

  12. Gilmore Services is now Trading As “JustTankers” and sets up its first depot site in Great Britain to store a range of ready-to-go tankers for both UK, Ireland and Export. As well as the Belfast Head Office the depot is centrally located in Stratford Upon Avon for easy access to major infrastructure throughout Great Britain.

  13. Matthew notices the change in the market conditions and diversifying further using the decades of experience to enter the Aviation market supplying several Aviation Refuellers for airside use.

  14. As a result of further growth, the second depot site is acquired in Sandbach with offices and warehousing for parts. Due to the nature of the delivery times demanded in the industry the total stock value is in excess of £300,000 with rapid dispatch facilities to the UK, Ireland, and Worldwide.

  15. The New JustTankers Website launches in May 2022 just in time to celebrate the companies best year of trading.