Each year, the ATA and PACCAR Australia recognise the incredible achievements of Australia’s Kenworth Legends, an honour which recognises those in the industry who have shown great perseverance, strength and success.
The owners of Blenners Transport, Les and Judy Blennerhassett, have serviced the Far North Queensland banana industry for decades. They switched from farming to transport and growing their business through tenacity and passion. This week, at ATA Live, they were officially inducted as Kenworth Legends.
Les and Judy started their business 30 years ago and have grown their fleet to 142 Kenworths, doing everything from local pick-ups and deliveries, to interstate road train work. Blenners Transport has grown into the biggest banana, mango and avocado carrier in Far North Queensland, transporting fruit Australia-wide. Les and Judy attribute their success to a commitment to customer service, hard work and reliable equipment.
“To me, paramount to being successful is servicing your customers,” says Les. “To be as successful as we are, I think it is the service we give our customers. We, until about two years ago never had a salesman. We grew our business by word of mouth, from customers getting good service and telling their mates.”
“The future of Blenners Transport I think is in good hands. I feel that with Roger and Ben (their sons) coming on board and learning more every day,” Judy says. “It’s nice to know that they’ve got the passion that Les has had all these years. We’ve actually grown with the business, from one truck, but they’ve been thrown in now with the size that we are today. But I’m pretty confident that they’ll take it to bigger and better places and face challenges that are new.”