Hydraulic and industrial hose products and services provider Pirtek has opened a new service and supply centre in the Latrobe Valley.
[Image, right: Geoff Ponton (left) is congratulated by Pirtek Victorian state sales manager Gary Dunkinson.]
Located at 4/2 Vestan Drive, adjacent to Princes Drive in Morwell, the new Pirtek Latrobe is highly visible to around 15,000 vehicles passing by every day.
Pirtek has operated a mobile service only operation since 2008, but the growing demand has reportedly seen the establishment of the new service and supply centre.
Pirtek Latrobe includes a new showroom, a large warehouse facility with an extensive stock holding of hydraulic hose and fittings, industrial hose and fittings, lubrication gear, spill control products and an array of ancillary lines.
It also offers a workshop area that includes lathes and milling equipment to cater for specialised requirements.
One of the key features of Pirtek Latrobe is a static pressure test machine that can pressure test hose assemblies and fittings up to 65,000 psi.
Centre manager/director Geoff Ponton says the move to a fulltime service centre was to meet the growing customer demand.
"The Latrobe Valley is a busy region with power generation, coal mining, timber mills and the associated industries that support all these businesses," said Ponton.
"Pirtek had been operating a mobile service and demand had grown so high we needed to make that next step.
"The highly-visible location is outstanding and the showroom is like nothing else in the entire region. Customers, whether they are trade orientated, or the weekend handyman are well and truly catered. Even to the point that we will operate a half day opening on Saturdays.
"Our workshop capabilities will be welcomed by the larger industries in the region. Laths and mills are a must in this type of business, but the hose pressure testing machine has already drawn plenty of inquiries from throughout the Latrobe region.
"We have also invested in a new Ford Ranger service vehicle, our third mobile service unit, so that we can continue to deliver the outstanding service that customers have become accustomed to. We have a massive region to cover from Pakenham to Bairnsdale, plus north and south. It's not unusual for our service team to travel two hours to complete a job.
"The great thing with all of this is that we are not only meeting the demand of today, but also the future needs of customers in the region."