Published: 09 Oct 2017

Jennings Motor Group expands business with new commercial truck facility

Jennings Motor Group has expanded its commercial business in Teesside, following the acquisition of Nesmo Truck Bodies.

The latest business investment announcement for the North East-based motor dealer group, which already operates two Ford dealerships, in addition to Kia, Mazda and SEAT franchises in Teesside, is part of an ongoing expansion plan in the region.

Based directly behind the company’s Kia dealership on Opus Park, Stockton’s Preston Farm Industrial Estate, Nesmo Truck Bodies provide commercial vehicle body building and repairs to the commercial vehicle industry, utility suppliers and local authorities.

The original company was set up more than three decades ago, but ceased to trade in January this year.

Overseeing the new arm of the Jennings’ business is bodyshop manager, Tony Hallimond, who is also responsible for the bodyshop department at the group’s Ford dealership on Yarm Road in Stockton. 

Tony has more than three decades of experience in the motor industry, after embarking on an Apprenticeship at Jennings Ford in Stockton at the age of 15.  Various promotions over the years have resulted in him taking on a number of roles, including bodyshop foreman and bodyshop estimator, prior to a third promotion to bodyshop manager.  

Tony said; “We’re delighted to announce that Nesmo Truck Bodies, is operating as part of Jennings Motor Group, and look forward to ongoing future success as a result of continuing to provide high quality products and services, combined with employing an experienced and skilled team, and delivering Jennings’ award-winning customer service.

“The workshop area can cater for up to 15 vehicles at a time, which will enable us to cater for the demands from the commercial vehicle industry.”

Craig Brown, from Stockton, who joined the original Nesmo firm straight from school in 1980, has been appointed as commercial vehicle coachworks manager at Nesmo Truck Bodies.

Craig was the last person to complete the Bodybuilder Apprenticeship in the North East, prior to the qualification being withdrawn as part of a national reform programme.

He gained many years’ experience working on the shopfloor, prior to taking on a managerial role in 2012.

Jennings Motor Group operates Ford, Kia, Mazda and SEAT dealerships across Teesside, Wearside, South Tyneside and Tyneside.  Over recent years the business has diversified into selling and servicing motorcycles, following the take-over of Leeds Harley-Davidson® and the opening of a Harley-Davidson® dealership in Gateshead.  Part of the business portfolio also includes a SUBWAY® store, based at the group’s Kia dealership in Stockton.

For more information about the range of products available at Nesmo Truck Bodies, contact 01642 766161.

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