A family-owned Australian company, the Brown and Hurley Group has a long and proud history dating back to 1946 when it was founded in Kyogle, NSW.
Today, Brown and Hurley has nine branches strategically located throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales from Tamworth to Townsville.
Brown and Hurley began selling trailers back in 1992 when the company opened a new purpose-built larger branch at Coffs Harbour.
Late last year work was started at the Caboolture facility to build a stand-alone six-bay trailer workshop surrounded by a vast amount of concrete hardstand area to cater for the company’s growing trailer sales division.
Critically, the Brown and Hurley Trailer division now offers four key trailer types from four different manufacturers; including Krueger trailers, Hercules tippers, Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated vans and Pumpa moving floor and specialised trailers.
According to Dylan Hurley, Group Trailer Manager for Brown and Hurley, each of the trailer brands the company represents designs and manufactures top quality products within its specific area of expertise.
This is a prerequisite for Brown and Hurley, a company that prides itself on providing quality products and an unparalleled level of after sales service that is fully backed by the manufacturers, suppliers and the company’s own parts and service divisions.
“In choosing Krueger, for example, we were looking to partner with an Australian family business with values and ideals that align with our own,” Dylan says.
“Both companies are committed to their staff; with extensive training conducted across all facets of their operations and a consistent focus on providing innovative solutions and exceptional service to our customers.
“Brown and Hurley now offers Krueger Transport Equipment’s full range of skels, flat tops, curtainsiders and dry vans.”
Already, Dylan explains, the relationship is bearing fruit with a good number of trailers on order and many already out to work.
He adds that the Krueger range of trailer types is comprehensive and complements the Kenworth and DAF product lines exceptionally well.
“The fact that they’re Australian made, have their own RFS (road friendly suspension) and have a comprehensive parts network is important to us,” Dylan says.
The beginning of this year also saw the Brown and Hurley Group dealerships stocked with Schmitz Cargobull fully-imported short-chassis reefers and the company’s locally assembled full chassis B-double refrigerated semi-trailer range.
“The Australian reefer market demands skilled, dedicated customer service coupled with a reliable aftersales service and repair network to ensure minimal downtime and optimal profitability for operators,” Dylan explains.
“Schmitz Cargobull’s Ferroplast technology offers premium thermal efficiency so it’s exciting to see these benefits being delivered into some of Australia’s hottest regions where the resultant fuel savings can significantly improve the operator’s bottom line,” he says.
Both Schmitz Cargobull Australia and Brown and Hurley share a passion for providing dedicated customer service and quality road transport equipment.
Most recently, the Brown and Hurley Group has partnered with Swan Hill-based trailer builder, Pumpa Manufacturing.
According to Dylan, “The Pumpa moving floor range and the Xtreme Wide Belt™ live bottom trailers complement the trailer models already offered by Brown and Hurley.
“We can also offer custom trailers covering all configurations, with Performance-Based Standards (PBS) combinations being one of our specialties.”
The Australian tipper manufacturer Hercules Engineering is another long-time partner of Brown and Hurley.
“Hercules designs and continually develops its range of tipper bodies and trailers with a view to exceeding customer expectations in terms of quality, reliability and value,” Dylan says.
“With a range of aluminium and steel truck bodies, dog trailers and semi-tipper combinations available, Hercules trailers deliver maximum payload advantages thanks to their durable designs and quality build materials.”
This year, in particular, has been a huge year for growing the trailer business after Krueger, Schmitz Cargobull and Pumpa all joined the Brown and Hurley fold. The company now has an exclusive sales and service network for these brands stretching all the way from Newcastle to North Queensland.
Dylan goes on to elaborate that Brown and Hurley has invested a lot of resources into building up its workshop and parts facilities over the years to ensure everyone who buys trailers from the company has the backup and service support to suit their business.
“We needed more partners that are specialist manufacturers in their own field and, importantly, that don’t overlap the other brands in our portfolio,” Dylan says. “We are pleased with the way it’s all panning out and look forward to working with our customers in selling and supporting these great products.”
The Brown and Hurley group also offers trailer rentals through its PacLease division. Trailers can be rented from one day to 12 months and can be leased for periods of over 12 months.
The Brown and Hurley PacLease trailer fleet is suitable for most applications and includes A and B curtainsiders (with options for hanging gates or load restraint curtains), curtainside mezzanine floor A and B trailers as well as flat-tops (road train ready with three-way container pins), road train dollies, moving floor trailers and drop-deck trailers with ramps. In addition, a number of new Krueger 22-pallet Kurtainer B trailers have recently joined the rental fleet.
All of the Brown and Hurley PacLease trailers feature tri-axle groups, except for the dollies which sport tandem axles.
The Brown and Hurley Group prides itself on providing quality products, services and facilities to the Australian road transport industry. The company offers a full package of prime movers, trailers and finance solutions to suit the needs of every customer.
Brown and Hurley Trailers is ramping up its numbers in new trailer sales. Having taken on Hercules tippers in 2011, early this year the company added Krueger, Pumpa and Schmitz Cargobull to its new trailer sales portfolio.