ORIGINALLY a small refrigerated transport company, Goss Bros has come a long way since it began over thirty years ago.
The family owned and operated business, which employs 45 staff, is now the largest privately owned local refrigerated transport company in Queensland, offering cold storage facilities to customers across the state.
"We are a total cold chain solution, not just a transport company," Kamal Goss, Fleet Manager at Goss Bros, said.
"We have a large 2,000 pallet cold storage warehouse with rooms running at different temperatures, chiller rooms running at 2 degrees and freezers running at minus 20 degrees, as well as dry storage for 1,000 pallets. For that reason, our customers only have to deal with a single point of contact, rather than a transport company and a cold storage company, and trying to liaise with them both."
Based in Arundel on the Gold Coast, the company services the whole of South East Queensland and Northern NSW including the state capital Brisbane and major centres such as Toowoomba, The Sunshine Coast, NSW Northern Rivers and Ipswich.
Goss Bros' customers range from boutique food producers who need one pallet moved per month, to major food wholesalers who require 50 pallets moved a day. They even look after blue chip food manufacturers with several hundred pallets which need transporting every day.
To keep up with the growing demand Goss Bros relies on a sizable fleet of trucks, 16 of which bear the iconic Isuzu badge.
With business growing steadily, and each of the company trucks covering an impressive average of 300 km every day, Goss Bros recently acquired a brand new Isuzu FVL 1400 to help share the load.
The 6x2 axle configuration with full airbag rear suspension, combined with the FVL 1400's generous power and torque makes it ideal for Rahman's larger, more sensitive loads.
The engine is turbocharged and intercooled, developing 221 kW at 2,400 rpm and an impressive 981 Nm at 1,450 rpm.
The FVL 1400 is highly adept in almost any terrain, using the ZF 9S 1110 TO transmission, with eight regular forward gears, one forward crawler gear and one reverse gear.
"Reliability is the main reason we chose another Isuzu," Managing Director Hussin Goss said.
"We keep our fleet on the road for a long time, and they need to be able to perform for a minimum of ten years. They also need to put up with the punishment of being loaded and unloaded with forklifts up to 30 times a day.
"No other truck brand can cope with the demand we place on the Isuzu product and still be there ready and waiting for another load in ten years. The engine is very powerful too and ideal for pulling big loads up and down the M1 motorway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast seven days a week."
"Like our other trucks, we had it fitted with a 12 pallet FTE jumbo refrigerated body capable of minus 30 degrees. The whole unit is GPS tracked and temperature logged," Kamal said.
"We use the latest Thermo King refrigeration units, all with microprocessor controlled data logging that's downloadable."
With their vehicles constantly visible on the highways and byways every day, Kamal likes to ensure they look their best, and so the FVL 1400 underwent some cosmetic enhancements too.
"We like to have our vehicles looking 'mickey mouse,' so the FVL 1400 has polished Alcoa alloy wheels with all the chrome we could possibly get on it," he said.
"We also have custom scrolls up and down the body and polished propeller plate guards to finish it all off."
With the fleet running every day of the week and covering over two million kilometres a year, the comfort factor was a major consideration when the time came to purchase a new truck.
"Driving the FVL is like riding on a cloud, especially with the ISRI air suspension driver's seats they are fitted with," Kamal says.
"The dash is also very ergonomic with handy spots for driver paperwork etc."
With so much time spent on the road, Isuzu's Digital Audio Visual Equipment (DAVE) is also going down well with Kamal and his team of drivers.
"When you're on the road for several hours a day, you really appreciate a bit of entertainment and the fact that the DAVE is touchscreen and so easy to use, makes it really handy."
Having used Isuzu trucks for the past three decades, Kamal plans to continue the partnership for many years to come.
"Last year, we sold an FVL 1400 that we purchased brand new in 2001. It had 1.25 million km with the original motor, not even rebuilt. When it was sold, the buyer asked 'is that 250,000 or 1,250,000 km, because the truck was in such good condition. It's a true testament to the longevity of the Isuzu truck brand and our maintenance regime."
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