HSS Hire has bought Laois Hire Services, one of Ireland's leading independent tool and plant hire businesses.

The family run business, owned by Michael and Maureen Killeen has depots in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Athy. No price for the acquisition was given.

Laois Hire, established in 1992, has a turnover of more than €6m a year and currently employs 42 people. The company's product range includes tools, construction plant, diggers, dumpers and rollers.

HSS is a global tool and equipment hire chain which trades mainly under the banner of HSS Hire in Europe. It employs 2,500 in the UK and Ireland.