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Shepparton family truck repair operation to join CMV Group

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CMV Truck & Bus has entered an agreement to acquire D&S Truck Repairs in Shepparton, Victoria.

Is it expected that the transfer of ownership will take effect on April 12, 2021, with founders Don and Sharon Dimstas agreeing to remain with the business for a few months to assist the D&S team with the transition.

The family-owned business employs 13 staff who support a significant customer base in the Shepparton area, all of whom are being offered employment with CMV Truck & Bus.

Founded in 1996, D&S Truck Repairs currently represents CMV Truck & Bus and CMI Hino in the region for both parts supply and truck servicing and repairs of Volvo Trucks & Buses, Mack Trucks, UD Trucks as well as Hino Trucks & Buses.

CMV Truck & Bus, a division of the CMV Group, employs more than 500 people across Australia and is the Victorian franchisee for Volvo Group Australia brands; Mack, UD Trucks and Volvo Trucks and Buses.

It operates dealerships in Clayton, Dandenong, Derrimut, Epping, Traralgon and Wodonga, along with a Technical Training Centre at Derrimut and fleet management sites throughout Australia.

Reflecting on the acquisition, David Simmons, CMV Group Chairman, said the CMV Truck & Bus relationship with D&S Truck Repairs goes back to the 1990s.

“We look forward to bringing the D&S Truck Repairs business and their employees into the CMV Group fold and we’re committed to maintaining the strong customer focus enjoyed by D&S Truck Repair customers in the region,” said Simmons.

Don Dimstas, Director of D&S Truck Repairs said: “With the long history of the two organisations working so closely together, it really felt as though the transition of ownership to the CMV Group was a natural progression.

“We are delighted that the CMV Group, a family-owned company with similar values to ourselves, has had the opportunity to acquire the business and continue its growth in the Shepparton area.

“Sharon and I have every confidence that the CMV Group will be able to utilise the skills and significant experience of our current employees to help further grow the D&S Truck Repairs business.”

Miles Crawford, General Manager of CMV Truck & Bus, said that for over nearly a quarter of a century Don and Sharon Dimstas have been outstanding business partners, growing their operation through a continuous focus on customer service, strong communication and business relationships.

“We look forward to working with Don and Sharon through the transition and supporting all staff and customers moving forward,” said Crawford.

“The CMV Group is passionate about supporting the communities within which we operate and we look forward to maintaining and enhancing the strong presence that D&S Truck Repairs has created in Shepparton and surrounding districts.”

From a staff of five in 1934, the CMV Group now runs substantial operations in automotive dealerships and agriculture predominately in Victoria and South Australia, employing more than 1,600 staff.

CMV also administers the CMV Group Foundation, a charitable trust which channels the group’s distributable profit back into the community through donations to worthy causes.

This year also marks an exciting new era for Volvo Group Australia and CMV Truck & Bus alike, who are currently launching an entirely new range of Australian built Volvo trucks, featuring both Euro 5 and Euro 6 technology offerings.

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