Marley Hire & Sales has been one of the longest established hire companies in Northern Ireland.Setup over 40 years ago, they have been serving the Armagh communities and surrounding counties with high quality hire equipment since 1974. With one of the widest ranges of machinery available in Northern Ireland, they are known for quality equipment and expertise, providing you with the best and most reliable service in the Portadown area.


At the age of 16, Tony Marley read his first article in the Farmers Journal about a farmer who hired out his farm equipment. This article planted the seed to what would become Marley hire.


By the time he had reached 24, Tony has saved enough to put down a deposit on his first machine in 1974. His investment was a Howard Rotaspreader, and as he slowly added more machinery, the ‘Farm Hire: The Big Yellow Shed’ established into a growing business.


Initial success was not assured as Tony would admit that they made mistakes, but soon learned it was more cost effective if they bought quality machines from leading manufacturers.

Late 70's

During the early days of business, the Moy Road had not been improved, and the Big Yellow Shed was adjacent to the infamously dangerous part of the road at Bartley’s Bridge. In some ways, it was an advantage to the business as traffic virtually came to a halt, so the establishment could not be missed.

Early 80's

In the late 80’s, the business was now known as Marley Hire and Tony soon realised he had to expand. The old farm yard was knocked down and a new premises was built to focus on DIY & Building equipment hire.

Late 80’s

In the early 90’s, more money was invested into heavier construction machinery & equipment, and the business continued to grow from strength to strength.

Early 90’s

Throughout the 2000’s, Tony would continue to invest in the latest tools, machinery and equipment.

Early 2000's

With Tony’s son Thomas joining the firm in 2012, the Marley family continue to provide the local community with high quality hire equipment.


With the Marley family continuing to serve the Armagh and surrounding areas with high quality equipment, the business remains determined to strive to provide a first class service to its customers.

Present Day

Future plans include continued investment in high quality tools and equipment, and with planning passed for a new storage facility, the business intends to expand over the coming years.