Milestone for truck dealer
W HANNON AND SON RECEIVES 1000TH WESTERN STAR IT’S not often that a family business gets to celebrate a milestone like this one.
In July 2011, W Hannon and Son received its 1000th Western Star from Wagga Wagga dealer Hartwigs.
The third-generation transport business started in the 1940s and was based in Boree Creek, about an hour west of Wagga Wagga.
For its July 8 edition, Big Rigs spoke to the celebrating business owners and the dealership that delivered the milestone prime mover.
“The 1000th Western Star is a 4800 with 36-inch Stratosphere sleeper, set for B-double applications,” Big Rigs reported.
“It’s fitted with a Cummins ISX, rated at 500hp, coupled to an Eaton 18-speed and Meritor 46,000 rear axles – all riding an Air-Liner rear suspension.”
W Hannon and Son manager Terry Hannon said the business provided a general carrying service for the region as well as specialising in bulk grain haulage between the Riverina and Melbourne.
He told Big Rigs substantial rains had produced bumper crops for the season, putting the Western Star fleet into work around the clock.
Hartwigs, the dealership that delivered the truck, was a fourth-generation business.
It started as a garage on the main street of Wagga Wagga in 1923.
Big Rigs helped a third-generation business celebrate receiving its 1000th Western Star in 2011.