CMV group opens Wimmera truck centre in Horsham

The Wimmera region of rural Victoria will have a new truck dealership available to them offering parts and servicing as well as a range of Kenworth and DAF models.

CMV group opens Wimmera truck centre in Horsham

Jono Crawford at the new Wimmera truck centre.

The CMV Group has extended its Kenworth and DAF Truck footprint into the Western Districts and the Wimmera in Victoria, acquiring the Horsham based service and parts workshop of Kirchner Trucks.

The business, which will be rebranded as the Wimmera Truck Centre, will service the important freight route between Melbourne, Mt Gambier and Adelaide, offering parts and service along with fulfilling 24-hour breakdown support.

The business, previously operated by the Kirchner family, 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.

“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,” Barry Maney Group managing director Jonathan Crawford says.

“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 thanked 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,” he says.

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Tony, Jenny, Leigh and Brad Kircher are currently assisting with the smooth transition of the business, after which Tony and Jenny have chosen to embark on retirement.

“We wish Tony and Jenny health and happiness in their well-earned retirement and look forward to their continued involvement in the local community,” Crawford says.

Wimmera Truck Centre will operate from the same location as the previous business, Kirchner Trucks 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.

Wimmera Truck Centre is owned by the CMV Group, who commenced operations in 1934. The fourth generation family business operates substantial light automotive and heavy vehicle dealerships, predominately in Victoria and South Australia, today employing more than 1,700 staff

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