Enthusiasm and competence have always been the trump cards of the Merlo Group, which in the level of preparation and commitment of its employees has some of its strengths. There is in fact no better way to live and work than doing what you love and loving what you do.
It is well known that enthusiasm is highly contagious and it has been transmitted by Merlo employees to the telehandlers and then beyond the domestic borders to our partners, branches and importers representing the Merlo Group worldwide.
Leo Terqujeff (for his friends Manne) is one of the people who best expresses the Merlo spirit and has turned his passion into a job. Responsible for after-sales service in Rotator, Merlo importer in Finland for nearly twenty years, Leo is an expert and esteemed technician who fell in love with his job and Merlo telehandlers. So much so as to have his love engraved on his skin. On his left shoulder, in fact, Leo Terqujeff has a tattoo of the Merlo logo, symbol of a working relationship that has become a passion.
While he was approaching retirement, Manne thought long and hard on how to celebrate this important milestone and came up with an almost insane idea: a long journey from Italy to Finland on board the Merlo telehandlers he so dearly loves. The idea soon turned into an ambitious project that was accepted and supported with enthusiasm, first of all by his colleagues at Rotator and then by Merlo.
So preparations started and a travel itinerary was worked out. Departure from Cuneo on 28 April and arrival in Finland in less than two months, covering 4000 km and travelling through half of Europe: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. A very long journey, full of treacherous stretches, from mountain passes on the border between Italy and Slovenia to the sea crossings in Northern Europe. Nothing, however, to trouble Merlo telehandlers, famous not only for technology and performance, but, above all, for reliability. This characteristic will be critical for the longest distance ever travelled by a telehandler.
The telehandler chosen for the enterprise is the P 25.6, which with its 1.80 m width and 1.92 m height is the most compact in the Merlo range, a choice that might seem strange, but which is of no surprise to those who know Merlo telehandlers well. The 25.6, in fact, has the largest cab in the category, with the same dimensions as that mounted on larger machines, and offers top-of-the-range comfort. This model is also the only one in the category to reach 36 km/h, thus ensuring faster road travel.
A long itinerary and one surely full of emotions, a bit like Leo Terqujeff's years of work in servicing Merlo machines. The journey that becomes the metaphor that best expresses and sums up this relationship of work and passion that is coming to an end. Both characterised by trust and passion towards Merlo machines which, thanks to their technology and reliability, have made Leo's life more interesting and will make the journey towards his well-deserved retirement more enjoyable.
Follow the adventures of Leo “Manne” Terqujeff on the Merlo website (www.merlo.com) on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/merlomanne) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LeoTergujeff)