Hume’s Hino gets a great big boost

Big Rigs - - BIG RIGS | BORDER TRUCKIES - TRUCKIN’ ON THE BOR­DER DAVID VILE con­trib­u­[email protected]­grigs.com.au

SER­VICE and sup­port for Hino cus­tomers across a large area of south­ern Aus­tralia has re­ceived a ma­jor boost with the open­ing of an up­dated and ex­panded Ja­cob Hino deal­er­ship in Wodonga.

Hino Mo­tor Sales Aus­tralia chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Steve Lot­ter, along with Ja­cob Group of Com­pa­nies prin­ci­pal Neville Ja­cob, presided over the cut­ting of the rib­bon and the cel­e­bra­tions that fol­lowed, herald­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the im­pres­sive fa­cil­ity on De­cem­ber 3.

Sit­u­ated with easy ac­cess off the busy Hume High­way freight cor­ri­dor, the deal­er­ship is housed on a 3.2ha site, which also houses a num­ber of other Ja­cob Group busi­nesses that com­ple­ment the Hino deal­er­ship.

The im­prove­ments to the fa­cil­ity are the lat­est step for the Ja­cob Group, which has been in busi­ness for more than 80 years and the re­gional Hino dealer for al­most 30 years.

“The fam­ily busi­ness started in 1931 and has grown to where it is to­day,” Mr Ja­cob said.

“We kicked off with Hino in a lit­tle sec­tion of our used car yard at Ja­cob Toy­ota and moved over to Mel­rose Dr, where our busi­nesses here are con­ducive to each other, and to meet our cus­tomer de­mand we needed to up­grade.”

The site also houses Ja­cob Body and Paint of­fer­ing a full smash re­pair and paint ser­vice, along with Bor­der Fab­ri­ca­tions, which man­u­fac­tures and en­gi­neers truck bod­ies and trail­ers. The workshop fa­cil­ity has nine ser­vice bays backed up with a 24-hour break­down ser­vice.

The deal­er­ship cov­ers a large ge­o­graph­i­cal area that is home to a range of in­dus­try from agri­cul­ture through to man­u­fac­tur­ing, trades and gen­eral trans­port.

“We ser­vice an area from Henty right through to Mel­bourne. It’s a very big area and we have seven tech­ni­cians here, which will grow in line with our ex­pan­sion, and we have two ser­vice units based here and one in Myrtleford,” Mr Ja­cob said.

The open­ing day was also the launch into the lo­cal mar­ket of the new Hino 500 se­ries “Street Smart” truck, which com­ple­ments the 300 and 700 se­ries trucks along with the Hino Hy­brid and four-wheel-drive range of ve­hi­cles.

“The spec level of the new 500 is a state-of-the-art truck. We be­lieve it is ahead of our com­peti­tors and we are very proud of what Hino has been able to pro­duce with this truck and we are look­ing for­ward to un­veil­ing it,” Mr Ja­cob said.

Hav­ing held the Hino fran­chise since 1991, the Ja­cob busi­ness has grown along with the wider Al­bury-Wodonga re­gion, with the Ja­cob Hino team look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful 2019 and Mr Ja­cob pay­ing trib­ute to the staff who have helped build the busi­ness across the years.

“We are a fourth­gen­er­a­tion busi­ness and we also con­sider our staff as fam­ily, so hav­ing that strength be­hind you re­ally en­ables you to grow and with our ex­pan­sion we can of­fer a one-stop shop to our guests in line with their ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

The Ja­cob Hino deal­er­ship can be found at 3 Mel­rose Dr, Wodonga.

PHO­TOS: DAVID VILE

FAN­TAS­TIC FA­CIL­ITY: The Ja­cob Hino fa­cil­ity can be found on Mel­rose Dr in Wodonga.

Open for busi­ness in Wodonga are (from left) Shane Fifeld (Ja­cob Hino), Steve Lot­ter (Hino Aus­tralia), Neville Ja­cob (Ja­cob Group), Luke Ake­hurst and Justin Haber­field (Ja­cob Hino).

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