The company was known as Coomera River Smash Repairs under the directorship of Russ Hill and quickly earned a reputation for quality and integrity in the heavy vehicle community.
At an early stage, Russ set about promoting his repair shop to the commercial and heavy vehicle segment and consistently delivered a level of service that ensured his name was associated only with the very best fleets and brand marques.
In mid 2008, the business expanded into new premises at Arundel and the company quickly became an icon for the panel and paint industry on the Gold Coast. This was followed by the expansion to Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Over the next few years The River Group name became recognised and respected by all associated with it – vehicle owners, dealers and insurers alike, as the first choice for reliable quality paint and panel services.
The River Group is now a well established name in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and the Gold Coast, known as a market leader for all brands of commercial and fleet vehicles.
It has operated from its purpose built facilities in Portsmith (Cairns) and Arundel (Gold Coast) for many years and more recently the additions of Garbutt (Townsville) and Paget (Mackay). The Group has grown rapidly from humble beginnings and can be easily accessed by customers and suppliers alike from the Bruce Highway in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay and the M1 on the Gold Coast.
The River Group has been recognised by Queensland Transport and Main Roads and holds an Authorised Inspection Station licence, based on staff qualifications and TMR’s vigorous testing criteria.
More recently The River Group won The Paint & Panel Most Innovative Repairer Award 2014.