Blenners Transport has taken the keys to its 300th Kenworth from Brown and Hurley, a 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition T659.
Only 75 of these limited-edition trucks are being produced, in celebration of Brown and Hurley’s 75th anniversary – with all of the orders snapped up within hours and the vast majority already delivered.
From humble beginnings, Blenners Transport has grown into the biggest banana, mango and avocado carrier in Far North Queensland, transporting fruit Australia-wide.
Based in Far North Queensland, it’s run by Les and Judy Blennerhassett, who switched from banana farming to transport almost 30 years ago.
“Les bought his first Kenworth from us in 1988. He was a banana grower and couldn’t find a reliable carrier to cart his bananas – and the business grew from there. Blenners is now running about 160 linehaul trucks,” said long-time Kenworth dealer at Brown and Hurley, Jim (JJ) Hurley.
“As I have said many times, a lot of Brown and Hurley’s growth has been driven by the growth of our customers, and the need to service them. Blenners started with one truck and now they’ve just purchased their 300th. We have so many customers like that which have gone on to become major fleets. We have many owner drivers and customers with two or three trucks too, which is our bread and butter.”
As part of Brown and Hurley’s recent 75th anniversary celebrations, the dealership held various events throughout June. At the Townsville branch open day, Les Blenner brought along one of his first Kenworth T659s, which he has fully restored. “He’s done a marvellous job of it too,” said Hurley.
With the delivery of its 300th truck from Brown and Hurley, Blenners Transport now joins the dealership’s ‘Club 300’, with Les and Judy presented with a special plaque during Brown and Hurley’s 75th Anniversary Dinner in Townsville on Friday June 25.