Marking 12 months since they expanded their manufacturing operations, TUFF Group was onsite at CRT FarmFest 2018 showcasing the quality and strength of the new TUFF Trays.
Built to the same standards as the TUFF Bullbars, TUFF Group sales manager, Gordon Kent, Toowoomba, said the TUFF Trays boast the same heavy-duty reputation.
“With that in mind, we've been working with steel trays,” Mr Kent said.
“They're built on a solid skeleton to make sure that any flexing doesn't lead to cracking later on and can go on single cabs, extra cabs, and dual cabs.
“The foundation is a five millimetre-thick C-section channel - which is key to its strength.”
Mr Kent said all trays were abrasive blasted and include the all-important powder-coating to provide the best protection and durability.
“The add-ons include things like extra fuel tanks, toolboxes, motorcycle ramps and option to choose different types of tail lamps, water tanks, light mountings and things like different tie-down points,” he said.
“We also provide the option to put in a second rack for the tradies which doesn't always have to sit at the back of the tray.
“It has sockets where it can move forward out of the way so you don't have to leave it at home.”
Maintaining that same quality and heavy-duty reputation was a must for the TUFF Group, and Mr Kent said the company spent a lot of time making sure they got it right.
“We were lucky to get an experienced tray builder in from the start, and we've brought in new equipment to do all the bending and folding,” he said.
“Even then a lot has gone into developing the standard parts and it has been a learning curve.
“Initially it was about getting the word out, but now the phone rings by itself.
“We've had such good feedback and there’s been a brilliant response to the trays.”
Starting out with just five employees, TUFF Group has grown over the past 15 years and now employs almost 80 staff.
TUFF Group marketing officer Stephanie Kirkman said the expansion into constructing trays came after the business moved to a bigger manufacturing premises in Toowoomba.