A Solid Solution

For some in the transport industry, such as Victorian grain cartage company, David Grimison & co. Transport Service, the grain harvest season is the busiest time of the year. Just in time to handle this season’s bumper grain harvest, Grimison put a Hamelex White aluminium tipping combination to work. Click here to download the full story.

Maintaining a gapless supply chain is paramount in the food transport business. Therefore, Deniliquin based David Grimison left nothing to chance when gearing up for the 2011 harvest season. “We did some research and consulted a few people in the industry, and all leading companies in the grain transport business recommended Hamelex White,” says Managing Director, David Grimison, who is operating a grain storage facility in country Victoria

Once David made a decision, Wagga Wagga based family business Hartwigs Trucks managed the rest. “Hartwigs have been established in the transport industry since 1923 and have a sales and service reputation second to none,” he says. “They know the business inside out. Hartwigs are terrific to deal with, I wouldn’t trust anyone else.

Owned and operated by the Hartwig family, Hartwigs have earned an outstanding reputation in Australia’s commercial road transport industry. Today, the business is headed by third generation family member Robert Hartwig and Tim Hartwig, representing the fourth generation of the family. Backed by seven company owned locations servicing country New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria, and a dedicated sales and service team, the company is committed to providing the highest level of product support possible and keeping the country’s transport industry working.

In July, the new, road train-rated aluminium B-double tipper finally joined Grimison’s fleet of seven trailers. Based on a steel chassis, it is equipped with a Meritor axle/air bag suspension combination and can boast a capacity of 85m3. In addition, it features lightweight equipment such as Alcoa rims to reduce overall weight and increase payload, and an in-built weight gauge. “I daresay that Hamelex White is the best brand in the grain transport business, and we’re happy with the way the product is performing so far,” says David.

In the harvest season, the B-double will be on the road 24/7, picking up grain all over Victoria to be stored in the Grimison facility – and David Grimison is adamant that Hamelex’ purpose-built trailers are among the toughest available to make light work of a straining task. “A grain trailer has to take a lot of punishment day in day out, but I am confident that the new aluminium combination will prove its durability over a long period of time,” he says.

According to General Manager, Craig Wallace, it is Hamelex White’s proven performance in the field that makes the product a solid investment. “The tipping industry may have experienced its fair share of ebb and flow in the past, but Hamelex White is moving forward with confidence and a clear sense of direction,” he explains.

“We have one of the best engineering departments in the industry, which gives us the advantage to customise every order to our customers’ specific needs and thereby maximise productivity and profitability.

Successful operator David, meanwhile, can still be spotted behind the wheel. “At the end of the day, we’re just a classic grain storage business,” he explains modestly, concealing the fact that the size of the company he founded in 2000 has increased twelve fold in only one decade. Starting out all alone, he now employs 12 people – and counting. “The harvest will decide if we need to expand or not,” he says. “If we keep growing, we will definitely consider Hamelex White again.”

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