The CMV Group has extended its Kenworth and DAF Truck footprint into the Western Districts and the Wimmera through the acquisition of a local business, whose previous owners plan to retire.
Horsham based service and parts workshop, Kirchner Trucks, is set to be rebranded to Wimmera Truck Centre and will service the important freight route between Melbourne, Mt Gambier and Adelaide; offering parts and service along with 24-hour breakdown support.
Previously operated by the Kirchner family, the business has supported the PACCAR and Cummins brands for the past 30 years as a sub-dealer of the Mt Gambier based Barry Maney Group (BMG), also owned by the CMV Group.
BMG managing director Jonathan Crawford said, “Our investment in Wimmera Truck Centre is a natural progression for our PACCAR network and allows us to further support our customer base in the Wimmera and surrounding districts.
“Our investment in the important regional hub of Horsham will assist in extending our PACCAR and Cummins representation along key arterial freight routes and builds on our well established customer bases at CMV Truck Centre (Adelaide), Hallam and Bayswater Truck Centres (Melbourne) and Barry Maney Group in Mount Gambier.”
Reflecting on the long-standing relationship with BMG, Crawford said, “We sincerely thank the Kirchner family for both their business and personal partnership over many years.
“We look forward to having more direct contact with our customer base in the region and forming new relationships, while also supporting our market leading brands, Kenworth, DAF, PacLease, Hino, Cummins and PACCAR Parts.”
Tony, Jenny, Leigh and Brad Kircher are currently assisting with the smooth transition of the business, after which Tony and Jenny plan to retire.
“We wish Tony and Jenny health and happiness in their well-earned retirement and look forward to their continued involvement in the local community.”
Wimmera Truck Centre will operate from the same location at 141 Stawell Road, Horsham and will be looking to expand the business with a local recruitment drive set to commence shortly.
Capital improvements are also scheduled to allow the business to expand and increase capacity for vehicle servicing and repairs.