PIRTEK celebrates opening of 100th Australian location
PIRTEK, the world’s leading supplier of premium fluid transfer solutions, has reached the industry-leading milestone of opening its 100th franchise location in Albany, Western Australia.
PIRTEK Albany is owned by Jack Fuller and is the 12th PIRTEK franchise to open in WA – more than 35 years after the opening of the state’s first outlet in the Perth suburb of Welshpool. PIRTEK supplies product lines to virtually every sector including medical, hospitality, automotive, manufacturing, transport, marine, forestry, power, defence, engineering, oil, gas and mining.
Fuller, just 29, was born in Albany, raised in Geraldton and returned “home” to attend St Joseph’s College before starting a mechanical apprenticeship. In recent years he established Great Southern Equipment in Albany, specialising in the sales, service, and repair of forklifts, vehicle hoists, and other equipment, which will be a tremendous complementary business to the PIRTEK franchise.
“It is great to be a part of the PIRTEK franchise group and we are really looking forward to quickly growing our customer base in Albany and the Greater Southern region of WA,” said Fuller. “We identified that many businesses in the region were looking for an alternative supplier for their hose and hydraulic equipment and servicing so we decided to fill the gap in the market and early feedback has been very encouraging.
“PIRTEK is obviously a leader in the field and it made sense to explore the possibilities of establishing a franchise in Albany,” Fuller added. “There are so many terrific stories of PIRTEK franchises being handed to the next generation and while that is sometime off for our children, it would be great to think that we can build our business so we have that option in a few years time.”
While the Albany business is PIRTEK’s 100th national Australian franchise, there are already four more scheduled to open around Australia in coming months.
“We have been proud to open every one of our locations since our first at Rydalmere in Western Sydney in 1980, but hitting the 100 mark is a significant milestone in the company’s 41-year history,” said Chief Operating Officer, PIRTEK Australia, Mark Devitt. “The continued growth of PIRTEK’s footprint globally is a testament to the PIRTEK brand’s strength and resilience, especially during the last 12 months with health & travel restrictions because of COVID.
“While the focus is on the new Albany franchise because it is the 100th, everyone one of our franchisees can take pride in the knowledge that they have all played a role in helping us achieve such a significant milestone. We are delighted to welcome Jack Fuller as our new Franchisee of PIRTEK Albany and wish him every success.”