Logistics specialist, Toll, has confirmed operations at a new purpose-built facility have commenced.
Based in the Chevallum hinterland, the Sunshine Coast facility, which has been operational since early February, officially opened at the start of the month and includes 5,000sqm of warehouse space and a 532sqm two-storey office.
Three sites in the area have been consolidated into one, reducing the required number of commercial vehicles and associated emissions.
Other environmental and energy benefits at the facility include eco-friendly idling procedures, a 5KW solar system, an energy efficient LED Smart Sensor lighting system, on-site recycling reducing landfill, eco-friendly landscaping with 500 new plants to offset carbon footprint and rainwater harvesting for gardens.
The $19 million investment by Toll into the Queensland market leverages contractors from regional businesses on the Sunshine Coast, Moreton and Gympie.
Toll confirmed it has brought together its palletised and parcel operations at the site, where a full range of vehicles from vans to rigids to linehaul prime movers are being utilised, to provide better integration of services for its customers.
Prime movers regularly running from the facility include a Mercedes-Benz Actros 2651, a Mercedes-Benz Actros 1844 and a Sterling HX9500.
Isuzu and Fuso rigids rated between 3- and 12 tonne capacity are also widely in use.
The development follows a plan announced by Toll three years ago to transform its regional footprint and is viewed as another step to enhancing its extensive network across Australia.
“We continue to look for opportunities to improve the speed and quality of our services to support our customers," said Alan Beacham Toll President Global Express.
"Toll Sunshine Coast is a purpose-built facility, modern logistics hub that has allowed us to integrate our existing services to meet the needs of our customers now and into the future. We’re proud of what the team have been able to achieve in bringing our people and services together to support the Sunshine Coast community," he said.