Toyota dealer builds for the mines
A SOUTH Grafton motor dealership has got its foot in the door with a company supplying lucrative Queensland mines.
Black Toyota has revealed it has just supplied its first Toyota HiLux to Maicon Industries, a company supplying mining equipment to mines between Rockhampton and Mackay.
Black Toyota sales consultant Col Soderlund said Maicon CEO Glen Gilbert and contract manager Zoe Long were in Grafton last week to inspect and collect the first of what he hopes is many vehicles.
Mr Soderlund said Black Toyota supplied customised vehicles to Maicon which included special mine-ready radios and antennas.
"It was amazing, when I ordered the first radio they told me it was $3500 and then they asked if I wanted an antenna," he said.
"I thought for $3500 they could throw in the antenna.
"As well as the radios they all have to complete five-star safety ratings for all the equipment they use for the mines."
He said all up the vehicle cost the company about $50,000, although that included the Black Toyota fleet discount."
Mr Soderlund said this sale was likely to be the first of many more to come.
"They probably only do one or two vehicles like this, but there are other machinery orders we can handle as well," he said.
"This is just a first step for us to establish a good working relationship with Maicon to supply custom-built vehicles for their operations."