Freight carrier, Cahill Transport, is celebrating 70 years since it was established by Joe Cahill Jnr in 1951 with a Ford semi-trailer which at the time cost 720 pounds ($1,440).
In 1989 Joe Jnr’s sons Mick and Dan took over the day to day operations of the business which at that point involved around 10 trucks. The fleet has since expanded to more than 200 trucks and the family owned company provides local and interstate transport throughout mainland Australia as well as warehousing and third party logistics.
Transport is in the DNA of the Cahill family, beginning early in the 20th Century when Dan and Mick’s great-grandfather John started carrying freight with a horse and cart between Nyngan in the central west of NSW and the Nyamagee copper mine located about 130 miles southwest of the town.
John’s son, Joe Cahill Snr (Dan and Mick’s grand-father) also became involved in the transport industry and was the general manager of Yellow Express carriers in Victoria. Joe Snr later assisted with the deposit for that Ford semi which started Joe Jnr’s Cahill Transport operation 70 years ago. Mick’s sons have extended the family involvement in transport to five generations.
The network of Cahill owned (and in many cases developed) warehouses in combination with the broad spectrum of transport services has given the company the resources to provide end to end logistics services for both large and small customers. The fleet includes crane trucks, container sideloaders for wharf work, mezzanine floor drop-deck trailers and various B-double combinations as well as high productivity single trailers.
In an interview with Prime Mover the Cahill brothers gave credit to their staff for the company’s continued success.
“We’ve got a great management team and good young kids coming through the ranks that are a lot smarter than we are,” said Mick Cahill.
“Your people are your strengths,” said Dan Cahill. “If you haven’t got good people you’re in trouble. That’s what makes or breaks a company. You can have all the best trucks in the world but if you haven’t got your core people you’re on a hiding to nothing.”