By DAVID JOHNSTON
The Border Mail, June 5, 2013
BLACKLOCKS Ford is undergoing its biggest expansion in Wodonga since relocating further along Melbourne Road with a $4 million truck centre now under construction.
Southern Cross Developers have been appointed head contractor of the project which will see a 12-bay workshop, 300 square metre spare parts area and showroom for trucks created at the rear of its existing car yard.
The site was formerly occupied by Twin City Trucks, which relocated to Enterprise Park in West Wodonga in 2004.
Blacklocks Ford’s truck division is situated in leased premises in Kane Road.
Dealer principal Paul Scammell said yesterday the new truck centre was expected to be completed by August.
“It is something we thought would always happen,” he said.
“It was bought always with the intention to expand.”
“We are now expanding because we’ve been into trucks for a couple of years now.”
Blacklocks has been selling Isuzu and Iveco trucks and Higer buses for nearly two years.
Blacklocks has 14 employees working in the truck section with plans to grow to at least 20 when the new centre opens later this year.
Mr Scammell said the company also had plans to expand its range of used trucks.
Blacklocks Wodonga was previously located in Elgin Boulevard opposite Centro Wodonga shopping centre.
The Aldi supermarket is in its former spot.
Blacklocks is one of Albury-Wodonga’s longest established businesses, dating from 1892.
The company relocated its Albury operation to Wodonga in 1980 and moved its branch from the Five Ways to a former McDonald’s restaurant site on Kaitlers roads in Lavington in 2004.
Southern Cross Developers are working on another major project in Wodonga, the transformation of the former railway station and goods shed buildings.
A restaurant being built in the western end of the former station building is due to open later this month.