Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino, has announced an ownership change at one of its dealerships in central Queensland.
Hino in Mackay has appointed the Milne Bros following the retirement of Richard Deguara, long-time Dealer Principal of Carlisle Hino.
Hino Australia General Manager Brand and Franchise Development Bill Gillespie said he was delighted to welcome the Milne Bros company to the Hino family.
“Milne Bros will combine its experience and reputation as the longest-established agricultural machinery dealership and tractor sales business in the region with the truck industry expertise of former Carlisle Hino employees," he said.
“The change is already delivering results – the first three months of business, they have experienced significant sales success, and we are pleased to see them off to an excellent start,” said Gillespie.
Milne Bros has a long and proud history going back 50 years in Central Queensland region said Sterling Milne, Dealer Principal of Milne Bros Hino, and grandson of company co-founder Stan, in a joint statement.
“Hino holds a strong position in the market place and has a reputation for manufacturing trucks of excellent quality – in addition, Hino offers excellent support to its dealers," they said.
“The future looks really positive for the Hino brand and it is a great fit for Milne Bros going forward."
Situated on the Bruce Highway the dealership is purpose-built and features a large double door drive, a new reception area with a large area for customer parking and truck storage.
“This is a very exciting expansion for our business and we are very confident of further growing the Hino brand in Central Queensland,” said Sterling Milne.
He will be joined by his father Ron in the business along with Dale Walters as business partners in Milne Bros Hino.
It marks another development in the continued growth of the Hino dealership network over the past 18 months.
In that time upgrades and new facilities around the country have gone ahead in Taree, Wodonga and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales; Lonsdale in South Australia; Kalgoorlie, Newman, Onslow and Port Hedland in Western Australia; and Alice Springs in Northern Territory.
Hino Australia currently has over 60 dealerships and services centres throughout the country.