TEFCO cel­e­brates mile­stone

Big Rigs - - TRAILER FEATURE -

WHEN Richard and Sue Brown founded TEFCO Trail­ers 30 years ago, they never imag­ined it would ex­pand and achieve the suc­cess it now has.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings, the com­pany be­gan in the coun­try town of Goul­burn in re­gional New South Wales as a trailer re­pair work­shop with a team of five.

They quickly pro­gressed into man­u­fac­tur­ing of new trail­ers, where Richard and Sue saw the need for a strong durable alu­minium tip­ping trailer to meet the de­mands of the grow­ing grain in­dus­try.

The ex­pan­sion of a sec­ond man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Bris­bane 18 years later rep­re­sented ex­cep­tional growth for the com­pany and opened the door for TEFCO to en­ter into new markets, in­clud­ing the re­cy­cled prod­ucts trailer range.

On Au­gust 8, TEFCO trail­ers turned the “big 3-0” and while it was a small cel­e­bra­tion with cake in the of­fice, the achieve­ment is huge.

Thirty years in the trailer man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness is a tes­ta­ment to the skill, in­tegrity, in­dus­try rep­u­ta­tion and, most im­por­tantly, the team of a brand that builds a prod­uct to with­stand ev­ery­thing the truck­ing in­dus­try can throw at it.

“We are a fam­ily busi­ness and work closely with all our staff. I think that’s why peo­ple en­joy work­ing at TEFCO,” Sue said.

“Our first ap­pren­tice is still work­ing in our busi­ness to­day, along with many staff that have been with TEFCO for over 20 years.”

TEFCO has al­ways been an in­no­va­tor with its trailer de­signs.

Many fea­tures of to­day’s trailer ad­di­tions can be at­trib­uted to TEFCO’s in-house en­gi­neer­ing team, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of creased side­walls to in­crease strength and re­move the “chatter” when empty and the ex­ter­nally mounted hoist orig­i­nally cus­tom de­signed for JRT Bulk Haulage in Brae­mar, NSW, in the early ’90s to elim­i­nate the need for an in­ter­nal hoist well.

The front mounted hoist was the first of its kind in Aus­tralia and be­came a pop­u­lar model.

Thirty years on and with 120 more staff on hand, TEFCO Trail­ers now pro­duce a line-up of tip­ping trail­ers, in­clud­ing tri-axles, slid­ing and roll mas­ter A trail­ers; rigid bod­ies; three, four, five and six-axle dogs; and even road­trains in a choice of tip-over axle, chas­sis tip­per, front-mounted hoist or fixed tip.

Ex­pand­ing even fur­ther to their range, this year TEFCO trail­ers have added Trail Kings live bot­tom trail­ers to their port­fo­lio to open op­por­tu­ni­ties in the as­phalt­ing in­dus­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion on TEFCO Trail­ers’ range phone 1300 483 326.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Richard and Sue Brown started TEFCO in Goul­burn 30 years ago.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: TEFCO staff cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

Richard and Sue Brown cut the 30th birth­day cake.

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