CJD Celebrates 40 Years!

By on April 24, 2014

From its inception in 1974, CJD EQUIPMENT has grown to become one of Australia’s leading distributors of world-class construction, earthmoving and road transport products and solutions.

CJD EQUIPMENT was founded on the 4th of February 1974 by Directors Ron Rafferty and Rob Jowett, both of whom are involved as much today as they were in 1974.

CJD Equipment commenced operation when it was appointed the Chamberlain John Deere dealer for Western Australia. CJD Equipment remained the Chamberlain John Deere dealer for many years.

In 1992 the construction machinery side of the business grew when CJD Equipment was appointed as the Volvo Construction Equipment dealer for Western Australia.

The business continued to expand at a rapid rate with appointments as Volvo CE dealer across Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania over the next 9 years culminating in the appointment as National Distributor for Australia in 2001. The relationship with Volvo CE has spanned over 20 years.

CJD Equipment’s relationship with the Volvo Group has been further enhanced in 2013 when the company was appointed as National Distributor for Volvo Penta Industrial Engines.

This was another milestone appointment for the company and “exciting times for CJD Equipment and we are proud to be associated with another world class Volvo product” says Gary Boorn, MD CJD Engines.

The SDLG range of wheel loaders rounds out the CE portfolio of products. CJD Equipment was appointed as the National Distributor for the range in 2010.

SDLG are considered the experts at delivering value for money wheel loaders and that, coupled with the back up support provided by CJD makes the range a fantastic option for consumers.

The road transport side of the CJD business really gathered momentum
when in 1984 CJD was appointed as the Kenworth truck Dealer for WA.

Over the past nearly 30 years this relationship has continued to grow with the introduction of the DAF range of trucks through Paccar and also with CJD being appointed as the dealer for both Kenworth and DAF in Tasmania. We look forward to celebrating the 30 year mile stone as Kenworth dealer later in 2014.

On the 4th of February this year CJD celebrated 40 years in business and there has been many successes to celebrate along the way. Some of which are listed above in the acquisitions of new brands to add to the product stable but there is more to it than just product. We also celebrate our people.

We celebrate that we now employ over 500 people nationwide and that we have had 160 staff over the journey spend more than 10 years with the company, some even seeing the full 40.

We also celebrate the way that our apprentice programs have grown and how many young people we induct into not only our business but the industry.

We are proud that we have gone from a once branch operation to a business that now sustains 16 branches as well as boasting a network of resident service staff and dealers to help support our customers the length and breadth of the country.

For Ron Rafferty and Rob Jowett 40 years is a fantastic milestone and in the words of Alan Barnett, MD CJD Equipment, “everyone at CJD Equipment should look at the achievements of the first 40 years of the business with pride.

However, it’s with excitement that we look towards the next 40 years and the opportunities and successes it may bring”.

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