Wickhams reaches astonishing business milestone
CARTING more than 12million eggs each week and 2000 tonnes of meat products takes a lot of work butWickham Freightlines has achieved a milestone that will make this massive task a little easier.
The iconic business has add its 250th Kenworth truck to its fleet, a feat few others in Australia have ever achieved.
The company, which has about 130 trucks and 350 trailers in its impressive fleet, took control of the truck at a ceremony attended by both Kenworth and Brown and Hurley staff on Monday.
Wickham human resources manager Thomasin Keogh said the 250th truck was a huge achievement for the company.
"There are only four companies in Australia who have reached that mark," she said.
"And Wickhams is one of only two family-owned businesses.
"It's a huge amount of Kenworth trucks for a company that started with just one more than 20 years ago."
Director Darren Eather said Kenworth was more than just an iconic brand.
"Sure, they look great, they are shiny, they have the right badge on the bonnet and the drivers love them," he said.
"All of that is all extremely important, however for us it is all about the reliability, durability, toughness and value of the product we purchase that gives us an advantage over some of our competitors.
"Paccar, Kenworth, Brown and Hurley Group and other distributors are a team with us, the customers and that is how we see it working for the future of the industry.
"Also, it is very important to our family to buy Australian made - we are very proud to tell our customers that we only purchase Australian made trucks and trailers."
Miss Keogh said the partnership alone was worth celebrating.
"It's also a milestone for Brown and Hurley," she said.
"Company founder Angus Wickham made a commitment to then to purchase every 1000th truck from them and this vehicle is their 13,000th, so there are a lot of milestones to be celebrated here."