Tak­ing a fresh ap­proach

Black Truck and Ag takes over from David Evans Group in Gat­ton

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL LIFE - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

BLACK Truck and Ag Gat­ton will be aim­ing to bring a fresh ap­proach to a long-run­ning busi­ness but there will still be plenty of fa­mil­iar faces work­ing at the site.

They of­fi­cially took over on Oc­to­ber 3 af­ter pur­chas­ing David Evans Group branches in both Gat­ton and Toowoomba, bring­ing to an end the pre­vi­ous busi­ness’s more than 50 years of ser­vice in the Lock­yer Val­ley.

The Har­vey Black Group, which en­com­passes Black Truck Sales and Black Truck and Ag, has been op­er­at­ing for 23 years and em­ploys more than 120 peo­ple across the com­pany net­work.

All of the staff from the pre­vi­ous busi­ness trans­ferred over to the branch in Gat­ton and group gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Black said the es­tab­lished team made the tran­si­tion easy.

“We’ve bought the premises so we’re here for the long haul,” Mr Black said.

“The op­por­tu­nity came up with David Evans to ex­pand with Kub­ota. We took that op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand into Gat­ton from a ser­vice point of view and we will also be adding Isuzu Ute to the Gat­ton deal­er­ship.

“We’re go­ing to re-en­er­gise the ser­vice side of the busi­ness. We’ve got the buy­ing power of all our branches to be able to of­fer good deals to peo­ple ... pretty well as much as pos­si­ble it will be a one-stop shop for cus­tomers.”

The branch will con­tinue to look af­ter ex­ist­ing prod­ucts that have been sold to cus­tomers in the past and Mr Black prom­ises they are still in good hands, with a motto “to keep cus­tomers for life”.

But the de­sire to grow and ex­pand the busi­ness is para­mount.

“We re­ally want to make sure we look af­ter peo­ple,” he said.

“We’ll prob­a­bly ex­pand with a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts. Which prod­ucts that is, it may change a bit but we have got some op­por­tu­ni­ties in the wind.

“These are ex­cit­ing times for Black Truck and Ag and we are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing up the chal­lenge of giv­ing you, the cus­tomer, the best ser­vice we can.”

It was the es­tab­lished team that made the de­ci­sion to move into Gat­ton an easy one.

“We’ll hope to grow lo­cal jobs,” Mr Black said.

“Ev­ery­one we want to em­ploy needs to be lo­cal. We don’t want them driv­ing in.”

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

FA­MIL­IAR FACES: Black Truck and Ag Gat­ton opened their doors on Oc­to­ber 3 af­ter the pur­chase of the David Evans Group.

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