Enerpac sales and service centres in Australia achieved a remarkable landmark this year when Parks Hydraulic Services’ Trevor Tranter handed over ownership of the business to Greg and Jo Maher.
Formerly owned by Bill Parks for 30 years until Tranter took over in 1998, the Abbotsford, Melbourne, business has become a standard for personal service and long-term relationships with customers.
Maher, who are only the third owners in nearly 40 years, aim to maintain the family-owned business’s winning traditions, and to sustain the strong relationships it has forged with both customers and with quality suppliers such as Enerpac, which has built its reputation on 50 years of commitment to product and service quality.
“After 34 years at Parks Hydraulic Service I have decided that its time for a sea changes,” says Tranter.
“It all started for me at the age of 16 when I began my working life as an apprentice fitter and turner with the Melbourne City Council at the Electric Supply Power Station opposite the Spencer Street Railway Station. During my time at the power station I worked on the turbines, in the boiler house and in the welding shop learning a wide range of engineering skills.”
“After completing my time I left to explore the outside world and, after my first job as a tradesman with the telecommunications company L.M. Ericsons, I moved to Parks Hydraulic Service and worked with the founder Bill Parks until he retired and I took over the business in 1998.”
“Bill Parks said when he retired that we win out in this business because of the experience here - we don’t just sell a few cheap jacks, we support and service quality ranges, such as the Enerpac high-pressure equipment, with which we have decades of experience. We can specify and give customers good advice on what they need - that’s why we get repeat business”.
“Over the years the industry has seen many changes but good service and good product have always been in demand and Parks Hydraulic Service has always moved with the times.
“I am very happy to hand over the reins to Greg Maher, the new owner. I’m sure he will take Parks Hydraulic Service onto new and exciting things in the future. I wish Greg and Jo Maher all the best and I hope they enjoy working in the business as I have.”
Greg Maher says he is thoroughly enjoying his new business and could not be happier than to have Trevor teaching him the ropes.
“Bill Parks is a family friend of the Maher’s and therefore I am well aware of the reputation of the business as well as the experience of Trevor and the staff. I would like to take this opportunity, on the eve of Trevor’s retirement, to thank him for his very valuable knowledge and advice which he freely gives, and to wish him and his wife Beverley all the best in the future with a long and enjoyable retirement after so many years of hard work.”