Managing Director Mick McDonald is excited about bringing trucks into the Wideland Group fold.
Managing Director Mick McDonald is excited about bringing trucks into the Wideland Group fold.

Rocky dealership snapped up by rapidly expanding Qld group

ROCKHAMPTON business Hi-way 1 is one of four specialist truck dealerships snapped up on Wednesday by the rapidly expanding Australian company the Wideland Group.

The strategic expansion has seen the Wideland Group also acquire truck dealerships in Gympie, Maryborough and Forest Glen to add to their agricultural, automotive and construction businesses.

This acquisition will see 10 Rockhampton employees at the Lower Dawson Rd site added to the 200 staff employed by Wideland throughout Australia.

Company Director Mick McDonald regards this move as a reflection of the recovery and increasing stability to the truck sales market that has been depressed over past few years.

"We have always had a strong sense of growth and purpose for the Wideland Group," Mr McDonald said.

"We pride ourselves on being open for business in key locations along the east coast of Australia.

"The acquisition of the Hi-Way 1 dealerships allows us to be able to offer highly reputable truck brands such as Western Star, Iveco, Dennis Eagle, MAN, Hino and Isuzu."

Mr McDonald said the move was very positive for Rockhampton, as there was potential growth seen in the region's truck market, particularly on the basis of the strong agricultural and mining sectors.

"Part of the reason why the acquisition [of Hi-WAY 1] was so exciting for us is because we've got so many class leading truck brands to back us up including Western Star, MAN, Kino, Iveco and Izuzu and that obviously flows through to our customers who depend on our trucks to be reliable, have good resale and can be serviced," he said.

"The most important thing about this business we bought is the staff. They're exceptional staff there and we're really going to look to improve their opportunities in Rockhampton by means of training.

"For the staff, it's an exciting time. It means those businesses will remain open and viable for as long as I can foresee it at this stage."

Mr McDonald said their hope was a sustainable business.

"It's very well strategically placed in CQ and it fits the purpose of our business exceptionally," he siad.

"This will provide opportunities for growth as well as long-term career prospects for our valued staff. We look forward to welcoming the Hi-Way 1 staff into the Wideland fold and moving ahead together."

Since its founding in Toowoomba in 2008, Mr McDonald said the Wideland Group had a developed a presence throughout New South Wales and Queensland, diversifying into the sale of agricultural, construction, trucks, motor vehicles and high-end zero-turn mowers.

Mr McDonald indicated they will be looking to include agricultural franchises and JCB into their new truck locations in the future.  


The Wideland Group trades as Wideland Ag & Construction, Wideland Trucks & Machinery, Wideland Trucks & Equipment and Wideland Motor Group and is Australian owned and operated. The Group also has the import rights for USA designed and made Bad Boy Mowers.

The Group covers a wide geographical area in Queensland and New South Wales and has the prime market area for a number of well known and highly reputable brands for the sale of agricultural, construction, trucks, motor vehicles and high-end zero-turn mowers to a growing customer base.

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