Caledonian invests in Aberdeen site
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ay Kevin Swallow
CALEDONIAN TRUCK & Van, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz CVs Aberdeen, has invested more than £300,000 to upgrade its facilities and create an authorised testing facility (ATF).
The company gained the Aberdeen franchise last year, and has spent £120,000 refurbishing the showroom and offices, customer waiting lounge, parts and service receptions, and the nine-bay workshop.
Now the focus is on the next stage of investment, which will see an ATF added to the premises. Alex Barron, dealer principal, says there are huge opportunities to grow the Mercedes CV business.
"We recognise that if we are to achieve our ambitious targets then we must also prove to operators that we can provide them with the all-important maintenance, repair and parts back-up on which they can rely to keep their vehicles out on the road and earning," he explained. The company, which inherited 35 full-time
staff in Aberdeen, has since created 11 additional jobs.
It has brought in Colin Birnie, who has more than 30 years' experience with previous Mercedes franchises in Aberdeen, as the group aftersales manager.
It has also recently employed Andrew Rennie as the new truck sales manager.
Caledonian originally acquired the Mercedes dealership in Ayr, in 2011.