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Top truck retailer Keith Andrews dies

Top truck retailer Keith Andrews dies

NZ Truck & Driver News

 December 2019   
New Zealand new truck industry giant Keith Andrews, who died in November, turned a modest FUSO dealership into a company said to be the country's biggest new truck retailer.

His family says that Keith was "a leader and a mentor and was universally acclaimed as someone who would never settle for second best. 

"Staff knew that Keith would always beat them to work in the morning: First to arrive and last to leave, Keith led from the front.

"He had an amazing work ethic and a genuine passion for his people and his customers."
The week before he died at the age of 65, after a long battle with cancer, it was announced that the company he founded in 1991, Keith Andrews Trucks, had dramatically expanded its business interests.

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New Zealand new truck industry giant Keith Andrews, who died in November, turned a modest FUSO dealership into a company said to be the country's biggest new truck retailer.
His family says that Keith was "a leader and a mentor and was universally acclaimed as someone who would never settle for second best. 
"Staff knew that Keith would always beat them to work in the morning: First to arrive and last to leave, Keith led from the front.
"He had an amazing work ethic and a genuine passion for his people and his customers."
The week before he died at the age of 65, after a long battle with cancer, it was announced that the company he founded in 1991, Keith Andrews Trucks, had dramatically expanded its business interests.
Its appointment as a Freightliner dealer for the North Island added to its existing FUSO dealerships in the top half of the North Island and Mercedes-Benz sales representation in Whangarei and Hamilton, to make KAT NZ's No. 1 new truck retailer, the company said.
Keith's drive saw him begin selling trucks from his Whangarei garage back in the 1980s – his business acumen seeing that quickly develop into a full FUSO sales and service business in Whangarei….and to subsequent expansion into Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. 
His businesses also hold the NZ distribution rights for FUSO trucks and buses and represent Mercedes-Benz buses here.
The company says that its "ethos centres on the principle that great people make great businesses, and KAT is proud to have a team of passionate individuals, who share a common approach to delivering excellent customer service."
Keith was, said his family after his passing on November 13, "a self-made man who had achieved much and was an inspiration to us all."
Keith's absence from the business over the past 12 months has meant that the KAT and Fuso NZ teams have operated under the leadership of Keith's son, Kurtis –"ensuring that Keith's high standards remain at the forefront of the business and that all staff are committed to continuing Keith's proud legacy." 
Keith leaves his wife Vicki and children Kurtis, Camden and Holly.  


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