Our city draws in busi­ness

Coffs at­tracts in­vest­ment

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - Kea­gan El­der kea­gan.el­der@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

COFFS Har­bour wel­comed a new $2.5 mil­lion busi­ness in­vest­ment this week.

On Thurs­day the new Hino and Iveco truck deal­er­ship, op­er­ated by Au­to­mo­tive Hold­ings Group, of­fi­cially opened its doors.

Dealer prin­ci­pal Kevin Pur­cell said the deal­er­ship had come a long way since it served as a break­down cen­tre for Iveco, ser­vic­ing trucks trav­el­ling be­tween Syd­ney and Bris­bane.

“Now it’s a fully func­tional sell­ing, ser­vic­ing, re­pair­ing deal­er­ship,” Mr Pur­cell said.

He said the com­pany had a long his­tory in Coffs Har­bour which went back more than 20 years un­der a num­ber of own­ers, and be­came part of AHG in 2012 when it ac­quired the busi­ness from Iveco.

Mr Pur­cell said the deal­er­ship cur­rently em­ployed 12 work­ers but could see it ex­pand­ing in the fu­ture.

“I see this place em­ploy­ing 20 plus peo­ple so dou­bling its cur­rent size and pres­ence,” he said.

“We’re in the mar­ket for the next 25 years plus.”

Coffs Har­bour Deputy Mayor, and pres­i­dent of the Coffs Cham­ber of Com­merce, Ge­orge Ce­cato said the new deal­er­ship was a “great re­sult for our city”.

“I know diesel me­chan­ics are a lit­tle bit hard to get right now but I’m cer­tain with the brand, and the com­pany and the group it be­longs to, will be able to at­tract high cal­i­bre em­ploy­ees in here,” Cr Ce­cato said.

The Coffs Har­bour Hino and Iveco deal­er­ship has started re­cruit­ment for an­other tech­ni­cian and ap­pren­tice for 2018.

“It’s good to hear com­pa­nies are look­ing for ex­tra em­ploy­ees,” Cr Ce­cato said.

“They are pre­pared to in­vest in this area be­cause purely of what we, as a city, have to of­fer.

“It’s a big plus for the city.”

AHG, Aus­trala­sia’s largest au­to­mo­tive re­tailer, has 180 car and truck fran­chises and 110 deal­er­ships across Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The au­to­mo­tive dealer also has lo­gis­ti­cal op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing a re­frig­er­ated trans­port and cold stor­age divi­sion.

It em­ploys more than 8300 peo­ple and hun­dreds of sub-con­trac­tors.

Hino is a Ja­panese com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer whereas Iveco is based in Italy.

It’s good to hear com­pa­nies are look­ing for ex­tra em­ploy­ees. Cr Ge­orge Ce­cato

GRAND OPEN­ING: Hino Aus­tralia CEO Steve Lot­ter, Cr Ge­orge Ce­cato, Iveco Aus­tralia’s Ge­of­frey Buswell and Coffs Har­bour Hine and Iveco dealer prin­ci­ple Kevin Pur­cell open the new deal­er­ship off El­swick Pl. PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

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