The delivery of Wickham Freight Lines’ 350th new Kenworth was also a milestone moment for dealer Brown and Hurley, marking its 17,000th new truck delivery.
Wickham Farms co-founders Peter and Cheryl Wickham and Brown and Hurley board member Kevin Hurley were there for the handover of the new T909.
Family owned and operated, and now in its third generation, the story of Wickham Freight Lines started with two brothers – Peter and Angus Wickham – in 1978 when they purchased a new Kenworth to transport potatoes from their family farm.
From potatoes, to refrigerated meat, farm produce and express freight, their transport operation continued to grow, until Wickham Freight Lines was officially established in 1992.
Today it sits among the largest privately owned transport companies in Australia. Over the past 30 years, the business has continued to grow from strength to strength.
Since that first truck in 1978, Wickham Freight Lines has purchased all its new trucks from Brown and Hurley.
It took delivery of its 50th truck in 2001, its 250th in 2018 and its 300th in 2021.
The new T909 is powered by a 600hp Cummins X-15 engine and features a 50-inch aero roof sleeper cab. It’s among approximately 30 new trucks to have joined the Wickham’s fleet this year alone.
Along with receiving the keys to the milestone truck, September has been quite the busy month at Wickham’s, which also just celebrated the completion of its new Armidale depot last week.
The 8000 square metre site features an allocated parking area that accommodates 15 B-doubles and a wash bay.
The company has also collaborated with the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) and Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) for a safety campaign with its newest signage “Be a Mate. Don’t Tailgate” on its Maxi-Cube B-double last week.
And its new automatic wash bay at the Warwick depot is due to be completed very soon.
“This month holds the most highlights for the year thus far,” the company said. “We are proud with the substantial growth within the business over the past few years and will continue to provide a first-class transport service to our customers.
“These achievements are thanks to each one of our team members that follows the same passion we follow for transport and logistics and provide quality work each day.”