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2018 VACC Industry Awards finalists announced

Geoff Gwilym, Executive Director of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) said that its Industry Awards demonstrate VACC members’ commitment to quality.

“Short-listed from a record 276 entries, the cream has risen to the top in 2018 – VACC’s centenary year,” said Gwilym. “These finalists are the best in the Victorian automotive industry.”

Categories for the 2018 VACC Industry Awards include mechanical repair; auto electrical; recycling; body repair; engine reconditioning; farm machinery; heavy vehicle repair; new and used car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle dealers; service station and convenience stores; aftermarket and retail; towing; and tyre dealers.

New for this year are categories for vehicle restoration and ‘Best Unsung Hero’, including an inaugural ‘Women in Small Business’ award.

“VACC was overwhelmed by the number of entries received from all over Victoria this year,” said Gwilym. “Judging these entrants and narrowing down the field to the finalists was not an easy task.”

Ten expert judges evaluated entries based on customer service, professional and technical development, industry improvement, and environmental and occupational health & safety (OH&S).

To ensure that only the finest of VACC’s more than 5,000 members would be announced as the overall category winners, an independent standards representative audited the judging.

“VACC wishes all of the finalists the best of luck and recommends these businesses to Victorian motorists,” said Gwilym. “When seeking superior quality and excellent customer service look for the famous orange VACC sign: the mark of the industry professional.”

Category winners will be announced at a black tie gala evening, featuring master of ceremonies, Mike Munro and a stellar lineup of entertainers, headed by Kate Ceberano, on 23 June at the Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.

Finalists of note include:

Best Commercial Vehicle Body Repairer
• Complete Truck Bodies
• Royans Melbourne

Best Commercial Vehicle Dealer
• 3 Point Motors Mercedes-Benz
• Hallam Truck Centre
• Johnson's Truck & Coach Service
• Patterson Cheney

Best Mechanical, Heavy Vehicle (Small Business)
• FMA Car and Truck Repairs
• Mark's Fleet Services
• Northern Fleet
• Romsey Mechanical Services
• Truck & Compaction Services
• Winchelsea Auto Services

Best Mechanical, Heavy Vehicle (Large Business)
• Hallam Truck Centre
• Johnson's Truck & Coach Service
• Wangaratta 4WD Centre

(Image: Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym.)

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