The 300th Australian Made Kenworth for Lindsay Transport was handed over at the Kenworth Bayswater plant on Friday September 11th, celebrating a relationship that goes back almost 45 years.
Lindsay Brothers first began carting produce in the Coffs Harbour area in 1953, when Tom Lindsay and his late brother Peter bought three trucks from their father, Victor, and started transporting bananas. Today, Lindsay Australia Limited as it is now known, has grown into an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed transport, logistics and rural supply company, and runs a fleet of more than 250 prime movers operating out of 33 stores and depots from Adelaide to Mareeba.
From its head office based in Brisbane, Lindsay Australia employs over 1,100 people and generates revenue of approximately $310 million per year. The company has also diversified its operations, now hauling fresh and frozen produce, as well as general and express freight from Adelaide to Lakeland Downs (near Cooktown).
Managing Director of PACCAR Australia, Mike Dozier, observed at the handover:
“By helping its customers reach new markets and expand their businesses, Lindsay Australia has created a model that continually requires it to grow to meet the demand it creates. An overarching focus on personalised service and commitment to giving back to the community are further cornerstones of their operation”.
Currently, the Lindsay Transport fleet travels over 57 million kilometres each year. Lindsay’s Kenworth stable comprises a mix of cabover and conventional models for B-Double and 19-metre line-haul applications. One of Kenworth’s major advantages is the ability to spec trucks for a variety of high utilisation applications, which often sees a truck travel more than 500,000 kilometres a year.
Throughout the 44 year partnership, Kenworth dependability, versatility and productivity have helped Lindsay Australia to deliver for their customers. The partnership has also included the Brown and Hurley dealer group, who have also been with Lindsay Australia every step of the way.
At the handover event, Kim Lindsay, Managing Director of Lindsay Australia noted:
“We have been working with PACCAR and the Brown and Hurley Group now for many years. They understand our trucking needs – and deliver outstanding sales, service and support Australia wide. PACCAR’s commitment to quality and innovation has helped Lindsay Transport to grow and maintain a large and diverse fleet so we can deliver our service promise to our customers.”
The milestone T409 will go into 26-metre B-Double line haul service hauling refrigerated produce on interstate routes. The vehicle, powered by a 15-litre, Cummins ISX e5 engine with an Eaton Ultrashift Plus transmission, has a number of distinctive features, including gold coloured logos, personalised exhaust shields, a stainless steel lightbar and a specially embossed interior highlighting the “Lindsay Transport 300th Truck”, just to name a few.
Kenworth trucks are designed and manufactured in Australia to meet the world’s toughest applications. Kenworth, a division of PACCAR Australia, is market leader in heavy duty trucks in Australia. Its trucks are also exported to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. PACCAR Inc, a Six Sigma company, is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.