The plant group’s civil engineering arm Fox Civils has also gone into administration.
A former employee told the Enquirer: “Fox Civils grew very quickly carrying out groundworks on housing sites.
“We had to fund a lot of work in progress and struggled to get paid on time, putting the group under a lot of cash flow pressure.”
Fox Bros also operated out of depots in Preston and Blackburn but in recent months these were wound down along with much of the plant fleet, which once ran to 150 pieces of kit.
Accountants from the Manchester office of Begbies Traynor are handling the adminsitration.