Midstate expands with rented Toyota forklifts


A rapidly expanding regional freight company has switched to Toyota rental forklifts so it can concentrate better on building the business

Midstate expands with rented Toyota forklifts
Midstate expands with rented Toyota forklifts

September 20, 2013

A rapidly expanding regional freight company has switched to Toyota rental forklifts so it can
concentrate better on building the business.

In just four years Midstate Freight in Bathurst, New South Wales has grown from one depot and one truck to four depots, 40 staff and 36 vehicles.

In late August the company commissioned an additional two 2.5-tonne payload Toyota 8FG25 forklifts from the Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) branch in Orange.

Managing Director Mick Winwood-Smith says leasing Toyota forklifts provided benefits in service and workplace health and safety compliance, allowing him to focus on his core business.

"We used to buy our forklifts, but (TMHA Orange branch manager) Richard Bopping showed me the benefits of leasing," he says.

Winwood-Smith says Midstate Freight's relationship with TMHA Orange began with a service contract.

"Richard has an outstanding group of mobile service technicians covering the mid-west region," he says.

"We've created a good business relationship and hope to develop that further. From my experience, Toyota forklifts are reliable and easy to operate; they're good, versatile machines."

Winwood-Smith adds Midstate had its beginnings running one truck between Bathurst and Mudgee.

"Four years on, we have four depots now in Bathurst, Dubbo, Mudgee and Orange, and there is always a TMHA service technician nearby," he says.

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