WB Hunter celebrating 70 years
The WB Hunter group, which sells a range of pet and hardware supplies, is celebrating 70 years in business.
WB Hunter came to Corowa in 2006 and operated out of a building in Sanger Street until a move to Honour Avenue into a purposebuilt drive through building in 2013.
The Corowa branch now employs six people including Cameron Doig, Zaine Culhane and Mandy Lewis who have all been with Hunters more than 10 years and in the past 12 months Brett Robinson, Matt McKenzie and Aiden Dixon have come on board.
Staff have the experience and knowledge to help in the fields of animal health and nutrition, mesh and steel, agricultural and domestic chemicals, building, pet and hardware supplies, water storage and fittings and all types of stock and pet feed.
When David Hunter was only two years old his father William founded WB Hunter.
Now the family business is celebrating 70 years of quality customer service.
Growing up in the business as soon as David was old enough he was put to work.
“I used to weigh up the feed in the small bags, sweep the floors,” David said.
“Through my life I’ve worked in every section. “It’s changed dramatically. “Farmers use to bring in eggs and we’d buy them and grade them and send them off to Melbourne and they would buy their feed form us and bits and pieces.
“Then we progressed into supplying famer materials and stuff like that and here we are now.”
David is proud of how far WB Hunter has come as a 70 years and said family is at the core of its success.
“My grandkids now come in and work after school like I did 60 years ago,” he said.
“My daughter and son-in law work here and I hope the next generation follows me and I hope there is another generation after them.”
David’s son-in law Michael Maroney has taken over as CEO and said he was excited to celebrate the major milestone.
“It’s not often you see many companies like us survive that long, 70 years is a long time,” Michael said.
“We have a lot of staff over 30 years, I think there would be seven or eight staff with over 30 years’ experience which is fantastic.”
Zaine Culhane, Mandy Lewis, Cameron Doig and Aiden Dixon are among the Corowa team at WB Hunter.