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Russell Thiele, from Mahindra, reminded Ken and Cheryl Mills that the company’s sales ambassador was Kingaroy’s favourite son, Matthew Hayden, who unfortunately could not make it to the opening … instead Russell presented the couple with a framed Hayden souvenir to mount in the showroom

March 27, 2018

A large crowd of South Burnett businesspeople gathered on Monday mark to mark the official opening of two new car dealerships in Kingaroy.

Ken Mills – from Ken Mills Toyota and Bob Jane T-Mart – has taken on the local dealerships for Isuzu Ute Australia and Kia.

As well, he has expanded the footprint of his existing Mahindra and Kubota dealerships.

New buildings to house the expanded business have been constructed over the past 12 months in River Road, adjacent to Ken Mills’ Toyota premises.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell officially declared the new building open before a large crowd which included suppliers, tradespeople and representatives from Isuzu, Kia, Mahindra and Toyota Finance.

A large shed has also been constructed in the complex, which Ken plans to use as a pre-delivery area for the moment, but aims to develop in future as a dedicated service department for Isuzu, Kia and Mahindra.

The celebration also marked Ken’s 25th anniversary in Kingaroy, and his 45th year in the automotive industry.

He originally started as a mechanic.

Since Ken and Cheryl set up in the old Toyota dealership building in Haly Street in 1993 (now Anderson’s Carpets), the business has grown to have 60 full-time employees.

In 1997, they moved to new premises in River Road, which previously had been a chicken farm.

Not long afterwards, they purchased the adjacent Kingaroy Storage facility business, which ensured they had land available for any future expansion.

In 2000, they added the Toyota dealership at Mundubbera to their portfolio, and in 2002 “went off on a tangent” – according to Ken – by purchasing dealerships on the Sunshine Coast.

However, it was this expansion which had allowed him to expand the Kingaroy business.

Mayor Campbell said the new dealerships were a “signal of great confidence in the whole region”, urging people not to judge the state of the local economy by a few shops in town.

Hiro Kuramoto and Anthony Dempsey, from Isuzu Ute … Mr Kuramoto travelled from Japan for the opening

Kia Motors regional consultant Chris Reely and General Manager (Northern Region) Jon Dawe presented Cheryl and Ken Mills with a plaque to mark the occasion

Mahindra National Sales Manager Satish Chandra, left, and Business Head (Auto) Russell Thiele, right, with Priscilla Hanlon, from Ken Mills Toyota

Cr Danita Potter, Debbie Cox, from Kingaroy, and South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, who officially opened the new dealerships

Cheryl Mills with Darrin Kefford, from Kingaroy Joinery

Margie and Michael Magnussen, from Kingaroy … Two of Michael’s new “Sales Spinner” display units are featured at Ken Mills’ business

Cr Ros Heit, Kirstie Schumacher (Stanwell), Michael Hunter (SBRC), Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and Michelle Hunter

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

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