National Road Transport Hall of Fame

By Brown and Hurley on September 26, 2014 in Kenworth Facts | comments
The Kenworth truck has achieved many things.

Autumn 1991 saw more amazing Kenworth innovation. The T884 was introduced offering customers dual steering. By utilising two steering axles (front and rear) the new truck could make sharp turns—better than most conventional trucks. The truck could go over difficult terrain better than any other truck in Kenworth's history. Targeted toward off-road applications, the T884 found customers primarily in the mining and construction sectors.

That same season, Kenworth also accepted a most unique transportation challenge—the moving of a rare SR71 Blackbird spy plane. Kenworth, along with long-time customer Schmitt Lowbed Services (Redding, Calif.), handled the move. The Blackbird measured 98 feet in length by 23 feet in width.

Kenworth was contacted by Seattle's Museum of Flight, asking for help in getting the giant plane to the museum from its hanger in the Mojave Desert. Was it feasible (even legal) to haul the Blackbird back to Seattle? It was legal to do so but it seemed excessively difficult. A normal freeway traffic lane is 12 feet wide, meaning the Blackbird would take nearly two lanes of traffic. Variances from states were required for anything over 8-1/2 feet in width or 80,000 pounds in weight. In many cases, the Kenworth team knew traffic would have to be shut down in both directions to allow the Blackbird to move up I-5 and other roadways. But it could be done.

Five Kenworth trucks were required for the job. A Kenworth T800 with Caterpillar 460 horsepower engine and a specially-made 73-foot Trail King trailer transported the fuselage. Four Kenworth T600As handled the engines and wing sections. Twelve days after loading, the Kenworths and Blackbird arrived at the Museum of Flight, where the Blackbird is now the museum's star attraction


Harley Davidson Competition Winner

By Brown and Hurley on August 27, 2014 in Brown and Hurley News | comments
The Brown and Hurley Group recently ran a 'Win a Harley" competition and are pleased to announce the Winner!
Peter Betts from Betts Transport, Walcha NSW.

To enter the competition , the prize being a Harley Davidson FXSB Softail Breakout motorcycle (including a $1000 Rider Apparel package), entrants had to purchase one of nineteen 2013 Kenworth stock trucks with a Cummins GEN II EGR Engine from Brown and Hurley from 5th December 2013 until all 19 trucks were sold.

Andrew Fraser, Local MP for Coffs Harbour drew the winning entry at Brown and Hurley Coffs Harbour branch.


Brown and Hurley Finance Department

By Brown and Hurley on August 8, 2014 in Brown and Hurley News | comments
The Brown and Hurley Group are excited to announce a new venture into Finance.

The new company, Brown & Hurley Finance, will be based at Brown & Hurley’s Yatala dealership.  The Finance Company will be managed by Mick Brooks, who has had 30 years of experience in the finance industry.  We are appointing a 2nd Finance Consultant at the end of the month.
Brown & Hurley will be offering finance for not only the new and used trucks and trailers they sell, but for all your equipment purchases.  
Using the company’s existing facilities, Brown & Hurley will be able to operate the Finance Company with low overheads, which will help with keeping their rates competitive.  Brown & Hurley Finance is a member of FBAA and FOS, and has established arrangements with a number of major financial institutions.

The 1st Truck ordered, approved and settled under the new banner of Brown and Hurley Finance happened in the month of July to Forest Enterprises Development and Consulting Pty Ltd through our Kyogle branch.  Mick Clark, Kyogle Salesman and Mick Brooks, Brown and Hurley Finance Manager worked with Mick and Rhonda Benton, the new owners of the Kenworth T409.

For further information on Brown & Hurley Finance or to receive a competitive quote, call Mick Brooks on (07) 3441 7000.

Kenworth, has delivered its 50,000th Australian-designed and manufactured truck at its Bayswater plant in Melbourne.

Mike Dozier, Managing Director of PACCAR Australia, handed the keys of a K200 prime mover to the Managing Director of Rodney’s Transport Service, the largest privately-owned trucking company in the Riverina.

Mr Dozier said Kenworth’s achievement in manufacturing 50,000 trucks was a major milestone, not only for the company but for Australian manufacturing. Kenworth has designed and manufactured uniquely Australian trucks since 1971, and it has been the number one heavy-duty truck supplier since 2001. Kenworth trucks are the mainstay of Australian transport businesses of all sizes, from large fleets to single owner-operators.

Kenworth’s 42 years of local manufacturing has a significant ripple effect that has benefited many Australian industries.

The company employs more than 800 staff in Melbourne, the majority of whom are directly or indirectly involved in the manufacturing operations. It also supports the industry’s best nationwide network of PACCAR dealers who employ about 3000 people throughout Australia. In addition, the company supports a variety of local suppliers who provide the majority of the parts and materials which make a Kenworth.

As part of its manufacturing commitment, Kenworth has made a substantial investment in design engineering. This enables it to purpose-build trucks with extremely short lead times – a feat imported trucks cannot match.

The company has also made a long-term investment in training. As a Registered Training Organisation, PACCAR Australia delivers qualifications and numerous other certifications in partnership with external firms. It has been recognised for its training efforts, being named Victorian Employer of the Year for 2012 and 2007, and winning the Federal Government’s 2007 Industry Training Award for Manufacturing.

Kenworth trucks, with a payload capacity from 39 to 260 tonnes, cover the full spectrum of heavy and extreme-duty applications. This includes multiple-trailer regional and interstate freight, tipper and dog construction work as well as off-highway operations for the logging and mining industries.

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 Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. 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.


90 Years of Kenworth

By Brown and Hurley on December 2, 2013 in Kenworth Facts | comments
Kenworth Truck Company has celebrated its milestone 90th anniversary during 2013. With an excellent reputation of quality, innovation and technology, Kenworth has served thousands of customers over the decades.

It all began in 1923 when Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington incorporated the Gersix Motor Company as "Kenworth". The company name was formed from a combination of letters from the founders' last names.

That first year, the small Seattle truck manufacturer produced 78 six-cylinder, gasoline-powered trucks. Since then, Kenworth has produced more than 900,000 trucks.

Kenworth's success in a competitive business can be traced back to a philosophy established early in its history. The goal was to build the right Kenworth truck for each customer's application to get the job done…and build that truck to last. That philosophy, which continues to be true to this day, resulted in Kenworth establishing a solid reputation for its quality, innovative and durable trucks that are driven by state-of-the-art technology.

Kenworth was the first truck manufacturer to install diesel engines as standard equipment in 1933 and sold the first sleeper cab in 1936.

The Kenworth T600A transformed the industry as the first truly aerodynamic Class 8 truck in 1985.

A year later, the Kenworth T800 was introduced and is widely recognized for serving productively in applications such as dump truck, mixer, logger, and extreme heavy haul. The milestone 250,000th T800 was produced and celebrated last year.

At the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth significantly pushed aerodynamics ahead again with the introduction of the all-new Kenworth T680, the company's most aerodynamic truck in its history.

When Harry Kent and Edgar Worthington incorporated the Gersix Motor Company as 'Kenworth' in 1923, they delivered trucks that provide exceptional performance and this continues today. Throughout the year, Kenworth hosted many customer events to commemorate the company's 90th anniversary milestone and showcased exciting new trucks. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.