Three businesses with a combined 104 years’ service as DEUTZ dealers have won 2019 Dealer of the Year awards.
LK Diesel Service Pty Ltd and Diesel Parts and Service Pty Ltd tied for Australian Dealer of the Year, while Shaw Diesels is New Zealand Dealer of the Year.
The winners all have solid reputations in their local communities and beyond.
The DEUTZ dealer awards started in 2012 to recognise outstanding dealerships. They are decided by a point system measuring performance points across a calendar year.
These include engine and part sales, promotion participation, training, warranty submission time, stock ordering, stock holdings, online parts ordering, Tier 4 accreditation, invoice payment and representing the DEUTZ brand.
DEUTZ Australia Dealer Development Manager Shane Moretto says the winning Australian dealers both scored 108 points. All three winners had stand-out years.
“It’s also the first time in recent history that we’ve had a joint winner in the same country,” Shane says. “These businesses take their dealer role very seriously and go above and beyond to ensure that their customers love and get the most out of their DEUTZ engines.”
Melbourne based LK Diesel Service Pty Ltd was established in 1967 and is owned and run by Michael and Bernard Kuhlwind, the sons of original owner Ted and Lorna Kuhlwind. It also won Dealer of the Year in 2016.
LK Diesel is known for its reliability and efficiency in servicing country trains, mining equipment, construction equipment, generators, pumping units and airport ground support equipment.
It also supplies and services industrial diesel engines, generators and pump sets for mining, rail, construction and agriculture in Australia and the Asia/Pacific rim.
Based in Hamilton, Queensland, Diesel Parts and Service Pty Ltd has been privately owned and family run for 50 years.
Owners Shane and Glen McKay and the team have a strong reputation for quality products and service. They are known for their expertise, capabilities, performance and embracing challenging projects.
Over on Auckland’s North Shore, Shaw Diesels has some of New Zealand’s most sought-after and technically competent diesel and marine engineering specialists serving local and international clients.
The business was started by Dave Shaw and his wife Jenny in 1988, with their son Peter ushering in a second generation. Shaw Diesels is known for quality diesel engine sales, service, parts, repairs and rebuilds.
It has expertise in building, supplying and repairing marine and industrial diesel engines, diesel generators (gensets), water pumps and diesel parts.
The Dealer of the Year awards will be presented at the 2020 DEUTZ Australia dealer meeting later this year.