Keith Andrews Hamilton breaks ground on major expansion

In News, Daimler2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 12, 2023

Daimler commercial vehicles dealership Keith Andrews Hamilton has broken ground on a major workshop extension, which will significantly increase the capacity of the flagship site in Waikato.

The development will considerably scale up the Hamilton dealership’s sales, parts and service support for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, Fuso Truck & Bus, and Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The expansion will see the current 2084m2 dealership expand to 3444m2 – a 65% larger footprint. Earthworks began on the 1360m2 extension in late September 2022 with a planned completion in the second quarter of this year.

The development will see an additional 14 vehicle bays added to provide a total of 22 and create roles for up to ten new employees.

Two of the new bays will be dedicated to Certificate of Fitness (COF) inspections, which will enable any issues identified during the inspection to be dealt with onsite, reducing customer downtime.

Keith Andrews managing director Aaron Smith said that the increased capacity reinforces the company’s commitment to provide the best in sales, parts and service for the Waikato region.

“Since the current Hamilton dealership first opened its doors in 2018, the team has done a fantastic job of looking after the needs of our valued customers in Waikato,” he said.

“Demand has grown exponentially since then and, in answer to that, we are looking forward to completing this development by mid-2023 to further support our customers’ operations. As ever, our goal remains to keep our customers moving and getting on with business.

“I would also like to recognise the excellent teamwork from our Hamilton personnel under the leadership of dealer principal Erwin Stolze and Matt Gillatt, our network head of service and technical,” Smith said.

“As a company, we remain committed to ongoing investment in our people, our processes, and our infrastructure. This gives us the foundation to be the best we can be for our customers, and to continuously improve as a business.”