MORE than 25 years after he last worked for a member of the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle network, Colin Gale has re-established his association with the manufacturer – through his own business.

ETS Truck & Van of Blandford is the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz roll call of authorised repairers.

The appointment in November means that locally-based operators of trucks bearing the three-pointed star and three diamonds badge of FUSO, another Daimler brand, will continue to receive the timely and efficient back-up said Colin.

The opportunity to partner with Mercedes-Benz Trucks followed the acquisition in October 2019 of an established commercial vehicle maintenance facility on a site in Shaftesbury Lane.

The company, which already represents two other truck manufacturers at its head office location in Poole, started a major programme of refurbishment to the six-bay workshop, parts department and offices, before reopening on an independent basis.

Colin and his son Darren, the operations director, approached Mercedes-Benz after learning another was to shut its workshop in Poole.

That closure last month coincided with the installation of the Mercedes-Benz signage 15 miles away at ETS Truck & Van’s depot in Blandford Forum, ensuring continuity of representation and a seamless transition for locally based operators.

Managing director, Colin, said: “The chance to take a big step up by becoming an authorised repairer for Mercedes-Benz Trucks was one we didn’t want to pass up.

“The manufacturer’s representatives were positive from the outset and our new operation really stacks up now from a commercial perspective.”

The Blandford workshop is also the base for a Mercedes-Benz Service 24 hour round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance service.

“We have some great people who are proud to be representing the Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand,” added Colin.

“Our interest has always been in forging long-term relationships, by providing high-quality maintenance, repair and parts services at sensible prices.

“The aim, as far as possible, is to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers.

"There’s a dedicated authorised testing facility lane at our Poole workshop that can also be used to MoT test Blandford customers’ trucks.

"We have introduced additional services at the new branch such as tachograph installation and calibration, and brake testing."