Mile­stone for truck dealer

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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.

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