• Sweep away: Toyota
    Sweep away: Toyota
  • Day after day: Toyota forklifts at High Country Truss & Frames
    Day after day: Toyota forklifts at High Country Truss & Frames

Snowy Mountains-based High Country Truss and Frames and adjoining business Cooma H Hardware are enjoying the benefits of their newly operating Toyota TMHA SP850 electric walk-behind sweeper, bought for cleaning the hardware store warehouse and drive-through.

The Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) SP850 joins a trio of Toyota fork-lifts that handle the bourgeoning workloads of the business that manufactures roof trusses, wall frames and flooring systems.

High Country Truss and Frames manager, David van der Plaat, said: ‘‘In the drive-through there are a lot of vehicles coming in and out, so road-grime and dirt and dust accumulates there.

“It was one of the first of the new TMHA sweeper models and it works well. The sweeper has made it so much easier to clean the floors right-up. We’re happy with how it performs.”

Mirroring its staff growth from three to 20 employees over the past decade – split evenly between the two entities – the Toyota fleet at the heart of the third-generation family run business started with a single gas-powered 32-8FG25 forklift in 2013, and two more – another 32-8FG25 and a gas-powered 3.5-tonne 32-8FGJ35 forklift – were added over a seven-year period.

Located in Polo Flat, Cooma, in New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains Region – roughly 100 kilometres south of Canberra – High Country Truss and Frames, and adjoining business, Cooma H Hardware, experienced exponential growth over the last 10 years thanks to Canberra’s booming building industry, with its fleet of Toyota fork lifts performing for the business.

Duties include using the 3.5-tonne 32-8FGJ35 forklift for handling large packs of trusses and wall frames. One of the 2.5-tonne 32-8FG25s handles smaller packs in the plant, and its twin is used in the hardware store for loading and unloading building materials.

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is a member of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA).

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