Tidd Ross Todd Ltd managing director Kevin Chubb is handing over the reins after 20 years at the helm.
Mr Chubb resigned on December 22.
He has been overseeing the development of TRT’s business through many challenges and significant growth since 1997.
Starting as a consultant to the Board, it became evident that TRT would benefit from his expertise and in November 1997 he took the managing director role.
“That decision was a game changer for TRT,” says manufacturing director Bruce Carden. “With Mr Chubb’s focus on business development during this 20-year period, TRT’s growth has been significant.
Mr Chubb says he takes pride in a number of key business achievements.
These include building up a great team of skilled and loyal staff, from around 75 in 1997 to more than 200 employees today.
The company led the development of the heavy transport parts business and now has nationwide coverage.
The significant growth in TRT’s facilities and creation of fully integrated manufacturing facilities at the Hamilton site ensures that almost all production is completed in house.
TRT added key franchise partners between 2000 and 2010 with Scania, Mercedes, Freightliner, ISUZU and FUSO as well as purchasing B&N Cranes PTY Limited (Brisbane) and establishing the Manitowoc Agency for Queensland to provide a base for future expansion of TRT’s business in Australia.
Establishing and maintaining key business relationships recently with Nifty-Lift, Australia has enabled TRT to manufacture an insulated elevations work platform for use in utility maintenance.
“It has been a great privilege to have been a part of this, working closely with Robert and Bruce Carden in particular, with our respective strengths, together combining to make a formidable executive team,” says Mr Chubb. “It’s a good time to be leaving TRT, when the company is in great heart, with strong forward orders and has great prospects for future growth.”
Bruce Carden says: “Kevin has steered the ship with professionalism and has developed a loyalty culture in our team that is second to none.”
Robert Carden, engineering director says Kevin has been a key part of the Carden family business culture for the past 20 years.
Bruce and Robert Carden, with the support of a new chief operating officer, Lawrence Baker, will lead TRT into its next 50 years.