Linfox fleet and equipment partner, Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) recently launched its new flagship branch in Melbourne. A special opening ceremony was attended by dignitaries and key stakeholders, including Linfox founder Lindsay Fox who officially opened the site.
The new state-of-the-art facility in Dandenong South began construction in June 2022, and is based on a 32,600 square-metre parcel of land based just five minutes from the facility it replaces.
The building takes up half of the available land, and at 16,350 square metres is 34 per cent larger than the previous site.
A comprehensive opening ceremony was hosted by AFL legend Simon Madden with almost 350 people in attendance.
Multiple guests of honour included Toyota Industries Corporation Executive Officer Yoichiro Yamazaki and Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne, Junji Shimada.
TMHA President and CEO Steve Takacs was joined by Toyota Material Handling International Vice-President Sam Coles, with other guests of honour including Lindsay Fox and the member for Dandenong, the Hon Gabrielle Williams MP.
Steve said the new branch will allow for a greater level of usability and innovation for the brand.
“With features like a dedicated dirt demonstration area, paint booths and support for parts and service, our new state-of-the-art facility will offer more for our valued Victorian customers,” he said.
“Our new site supports capability for sales and rentals, accounts operations, storage of inventory and parts, servicing and training, providing customers with a holistic TMHA experience.”
The event was held in the new branch’s workshop facility, commemorated by traditional Japanese customs including daruma doll eye painting, tree planting and a sake barrel breaking ceremony.
Lindsay Fox was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new site.
As proud partners of the Essendon Football Club, TMHA was lucky to have star Bombers from both the AFL and AFLW sides on hand including Jye Caldwell, Jordan Ridley, Maddy Prespakis and Georgia Gee, with all guests taking home a signed football and commemorative Japanese sake.
Guided tours of the new facility were conducted, which will not only facilitate sales and rental of equipment but will also serve as a regional base for major and corporate Victorian accounts operations.
The new warehouse and workshop area is 28 per cent larger than the facility it replaces, while a new 300 square-metre ‘dirt’ demonstration area allows for prospective customers to test out the HUSKI Construction Equipment range of earthmoving products.
State-of-the-art sealed and pressurised paint and preparation booths allow forklifts and other construction equipment to be custom painted to customers’ exact specifications.
The site will hold inventories of new material handling and HUSKI construction equipment, and offers full support coverage for parts, workshop, field service and training facilities.
This article was provided by Linfox supplier partner TMHA.