Glen's expertise helps rise to the top
WORKING around Tasmania's expansive tin, zinc and nickel mining industry entails a lot of responsibility, but to Glen Berechree, its "just another job”.
Glen is the founder of maintenance company GBE Services, which was established 10 years ago when there was a market for labour, equipment hire and metal fabrication in the mines.
"We were already doing it for another company. We just thought we'd be better off doing it ourselves,” he said.
Despite his modesty, Glen has shown a fair degree of business acumen in expanding GBE from its humble beginnings in Zeehan to the point that in just 10 years GBE currently employs around 50 staff.
But despite a renowned work ethic and level of expertise, he's coy about the company's ability to rise above its competitors.
"We've grown because we're a private company,” Glen said.
"It means we can provide that extra level of personal service.”
Rapid growth means GBE's capacity requirements are evolving and to keep pace, Glen bought two trucks: an Isuzu NPR 45-155 Tradepack and an NLR 45-150 Servicepack.
The Tradepack and Servicepack are rated at 4500 kg GVM, meaning they each have the payload a growing business requires, but are still drivable on a standard car licence.
The Tradepack's 114 kW at 2600 rpm and 419 Nm at 1600 to 2600 rpm and the Servicepack's 110 kW at 2800 rpm and 375 Nm at 1600 to 2800 rpm, ensure both trucks have the grunt to handle rough mining terrain with ease.
"Until now we've been using four-wheel drives,” Glen said.
"But Isuzus are cheaper to maintain, have larger payloads and are far better suited to our business. Our first impression of the trucks has been excellent. They're exactly what we need. They're spacious compared to our four-wheel drives and the cabins are far more comfortable.”
"We chose Isuzu because I kept driving past the dealership and loved the look of them.
"Both trucks were perfectly set up, I just walked in, bought them and drove out”
"Our employees just want to go fast all the time but we don't need speed, we need reliability, and that's what Isuzu is famous for.
"We employ a lot of young drivers, so safety was a top priority for us and Isuzu ticked all the boxes. Having said that, my employees love the trucks, they all think they're comfy and well set-up.
"Honestly, it was a no brainer to buy them.
"As soon as we saw them we just thought: 'That's exactly what we need'.”