Sudden death of Ripon businessman Andrew Lupton

Ripon-based Econ Engineering has today announced the sudden death of its sales director Andrew Lupton.

Monday, 10th January 2022, 3:20 pm
Updated Monday, 10th January 2022, 3:27 pm

A spokesman for the company, which manufactures most of the country’s gritters and snowploughs, said 56-year-old Mr Lupton had died unexpectedly on Sunday January 9.

“His untimely death has come as a terrible shock and will take some time for us to come to terms with,” said a statement to the Harrogate Advertiser.

“Our thoughts at this incredibly sad time go out to his family and all those who knew Andrew, either professionally or personally.”

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“Andrew, who ran this second-generation family engineering business alongside his brother and co-director, Jonathan Lupton and Finance Director Bev Shepherd, did so with immense passion and enthusiasm.

“It was his drive and determination that helped grow Econ into the business it is today – the leading manufacturer of gritters and highway maintenance vehicles in the UK.

“The industry we operate in is a niche one, and Andrew was an incredibly well-respected figure within it.

“It is our intention to open a book of condolence in due course.”

In the meantime, a Just Giving page in Andrew’s memory has been set up for anyone wishing to pay tribute. Go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/econ-engineering