TMHA Orange opens new state-of-the-art facility

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Toyota Material Handling Australia has opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility for its branch in Orange, NSW.

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The branch recently relocated from its former Cameron Place location to a prized position on a 2000 square-metre site at the intersection of Northern Distributor Road and Astill Drive.

TMHA Orange branch manager Richard Bopping said the new premises are an improvement for staff and customers in every way.

"The old site was on the highway coming in from Bathurst and we shared the building with other units and a public car park area," Bopping says.

"We were across the road from the old Bunnings, which is now empty, and also the units around us were empty. It wasn't a vibrant, up-and-coming area.

"The new building, though, is on a road with a new industrial area that is flourishing - with new developments going up there on a monthly basis, so it's nice to be a part of that," he says.

"Our new site is also just a few kilometres down the road from the new Bunnings, which is one of the biggest in NSW."

Mr Bopping says the new location allows TMHA to control traffic flow to the site, greatly improving safety.

"For the new site, safety was really driving the design," Bopping says.

"We could look at other options for controlling our yard. This was greatly facilitated by the input of our other TMHA sites and specialists, nationally.

"There is now a one-way flow through the workshop, for vehicles and equipment being processed such as for servicing or pre-delivery for new units. There's also a closed-off area with no access for customers or contractors and designated delivery set-down and pick-up areas, which are isolated to be much safer."

With a site (land) size of 2000 square metres and a building size of 880 square metres, TMHA Orange has ensured it has all the appropriate space it required, with the addition of future-proofing.

"In the future we would be able to support a rental fleet double the size of our existing fleet of 200 units, we would have enough provisional space in our workshop to support that" Bopping adds.

After spending so long overseeing the design and build of TMHA's new Orange branch, Bopping said he is particularly proud of the outcome: "The idea has been 20 years in the making. We started this with a memorandum-of-understanding in December 2015 so a lot of work has gone into it, but it's been a labour of love for myself and my Service Manager, Greg Bell. We are very excited and very relieved to be in our new premises."

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