WB Hunter cel­e­brat­ing 70 years

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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