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New owner announced for FRM Hino

Hino’s Tasmanian network is set to be expanded through the appointment of a new FRM Hino owner

Hino Australia has welcomed experienced Tasmanian automotive professional Edward Jones as the new owner of FRM Hino, which boasts dealerships in Launceston, Hobart and Devonport.

Formerly Chief Operating Officer and a director of Local Motor Group, which is owned by the Tony White Group, Jones is looking forward to returning to his roots in the showroom.

“After an 18 year career in passenger cars including as a former Toyota dealer principal, I’m excited to join and lead the FRM team and join the Hino brand,” Jones says.

“The future is really exciting for FRM Hino – we have an excellent team in place that will continue to deliver exceptional levels of service to our customers.

“For me, as a born and bred Tasmanian, this is a chance to be a part of a culture and team that is committed to its local community.

“Over the past seven years, the former owners of FRM Hino relocated all three FRM branches in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport to new and improved premises, and we still have exciting opportunities ahead.

“We are currently in the planning phase for a workshop extension in Launceston to increase the service bay capacity.”

Hino Australia vice president of brand and franchise development Richard Emery says he welcomes Jones to the Hino team.

“We are thrilled to welcome Edward, who brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the Hino team,” Emery says.

“Tasmania remains an important market for Hino with tourism, mining, agriculture and other primary industries presenting opportunities within the light, medium and heavy-duty segments.   

“I would also like to pay tribute to former managing director David Mills and the other former owners of the business for their dedication and passion to the Hino brand and business over the past 14 years.”

Hino Australia has more than 65 dealerships and services centres nationwide.

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