A short time later he undertakes an inspection tour towards Sudelfeld. The sun is shining today, attracting many people from Munich to come and ski down the perfectly prepared pistes around the area or explore the winter-wonderland scenery on cross-country skis. What the piste snow-clearing units do on the slopes, we do in the surrounding area," contractor Martin Storr explains. Because in addition to clearing the approach roads to the ski slope car parks, he also has to clear snow and ice from the car parks themselves and from lots of utility access routes.
A power plant providing cosy warmth.
When Martin Storr started his business back in 2006, he was actually skiing rather than clearing access routes as he does today. "It basically all began with an idea in a ski-lodge," the successful entrepreneur recalls. A friend asked him whether, in view of the strategically favourable location of his depot, he might want to acquire a vehicle for routine transportation of wood chippings. No sooner said than done: a first tractor was acquired, and from then on Martin Storr transported wood chippings. He subsequently expanded his fleet, and added a dedicated wood chip store. After just two years the business was well established. The company now also operates a wood chip-powered combined heat and power plant, supplying the local community with heat and power all year round. Over the years, a second power plant was to follow in the neighbouring community.
That made it necessary to expand the fleet again – even the power plants' own demand is well over 50,000 cubic metres of wood chip a year. So today the Storr fleet includes two 40-tonners complete with roll-off containers as well as a third Unimog. The versatile entrepreneur is entirely satisfied with his Unimog vehicles: "Thanks to the top-class support from Harald Medl at Henne Commercial Vehicles, the new U 530 has totally met our expectations. The ride comfort and handling, even in extreme weather, are impressive. And we also chose the right accessories in the tyre pressure control unit and the Scharmüller trailer hitch."
The business (practically) runs itself.
In response to the question whether he needs to go out looking for new business to keep his fleet occupied, Martin Storr replies with a grin: "In our business we normally operate on long-term contracts, under stable terms – provided we perform properly and the team is willing to work hard, and regularly long hours." Only one worry haunts Martin Storr occasionally: "Even here out in the country, you rarely find drivers nowadays who are suitable to meet the demands of our job." The Storr business has a staff of six permanent employees. Yet even if business were merely to remain at the same levels, there would quite easily be room for two more transport professionals, the boss explains as he arrives back at the depot.
Dealing with the innumerable cubic metres of wood chip that Storr trades in, burns and transports to supply its now large customer base in Bavaria and Tyrol, the Unimog will barely get a rest even in the summer months. Because during the warmer time of the year, when Martin Storr is stocking up large numbers of wood chip stores for the next winter, he needs the 530's manoeuvrability and speed for towing his walking-floor semi-trailer. It is a combination perfectly attuned to the needs of wood chip logistics. After having so impressively passed its winter service trial, the new star in the fleet will now have the opportunity to show its strengths in the coming summer.