There was cause for celebration in the Riverina city of Wagga Wagga recently when local Western Star dealer Hartwigs delivered its 1000th Western Star to W Hannon and Son, a third generation transport business that started back in the ‘40s.
Based at Boree Creek, roughly an hour west of Wagga Wagga, W Hannon and Son provides a general carrying service to the region as well as the bulk haulage of grain from the Riverina to Melbourne.
According to manager Terry Hannon, the substantial rains early in the season have produced bumper crops which see its Western Star fleet working around the clock hauling the record harvest.
Terry admitted the build quality of the Western Star products along with their reliability are key factors in his purchasing decisions, along with the exceptional back up service the company receives from Hartwigs.
The 1000th Western Star is a 4800 model with a 36-inch Stratosphere sleeper set up for B-double work. It’s fitted with a Cummins ISX rated at 500 hp coupled to an Eaton 18-speed manual driving through Meritor 46,000 pound rear axles riding an Air-Liner rear suspension.
According to Tim Hartwig, general manager of Hartwigs Trucks, “The ongoing growth and success of Western Star and Hartwigs is a credit to all our people who have taken personal pride in every Western Star truck that’s delivered, and more importantly a credit to all our loyal customers such as Terry Hannon, who for many years, have trusted and supported Hartwigs and the Western Star product.”
Terry Hannon, manager of Boree Creek based grain haulage outfit W Hannon and Son, with the 1000th Western Star sold by Hartwigs of Wagga Wagga.