NETWORK: Paul Kuhnemann, Earthfleet – Speedcafe


One of Earthfleet’s trucks

PK (Paul Kuhnemann) and his Earthfleet team like to get dirty – literally!

Earthfleet was originally established in 1979 on the Gold Coast by the famous Bycroft family and was purchased in 1985 and renamed Earthfleet four years later.

Under Kuhnemann’s leadership, Earthfleet has grown into one of the largest factory hire organizations in South East Queensland.

The backbone of the business is a fleet of contractor owner-operators, many of whom have been part of the Earthfleet ‘family’ for over three decades.

Earthfleet not only serves the building and construction industry, which is currently experiencing a resurgence, but has also become a go-to supplier for many small operators and DIYers.

They service excavators from one to 23 tons, combos up to eight tons, rent trucks and can also deliver sand, dirt and gravel.

Earthfleet has also become a leading provider of dumpsters and waste management services.

This waste management service is supported by a fleet of bobcats, with some sites cleaning waste more efficiently and cost-effectively by bobcats/trucks.

“We offer a ‘one stop shop’ for the builder or contractor looking to source contractors or suppliers from Brisbane to Tamborine (and underlying areas) to Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales,” said PK.

“We want to provide the best possible services to our customers and if there is something we cannot provide, we use our network to find the best possible company.”

Kuhnemann has a strong background in rugby league and is a long-time supporter of the sport at grassroots and senior level.

He is also a lifelong motorsports fan along with his father, Roy, a former Ford salesman in Toowoomba.

“When COVID first hit, nobody really knew what we were in store for,” PK said.

‘Crusher’ and the team reacted quickly with the introduction of and we couldn’t see any downside to being involved.

“It has grown into a strong network and we have picked up several cases from other members and fans of the site.

“We think this has been a great community initiative and we have benefited from our involvement.” Founder Brett “Crusher” Murray says that as we move out of the COVID period, the real benefits of are beginning to be felt.

“When we launched, we reached out to several people we knew directly who would understand what we were trying to achieve for small and medium-sized businesses,” Murray said.

“PK took it right away, appreciated the opportunity, took it and took advantage of it.

“Now it’s great that the site has major support from Morris, who has such a strong focus on the community through their nationwide financial activities.”

Anyone with a small or medium business can join for free.

For more information about Earthfleet, Click here.

One of Earthfleet’s excavators


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