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Year: 2015

Never one to settle for second best, Albert Hunt first made his way into the transport industry as a means to an end.

In his early 20s, Albert started work as a builder and quickly expanded the business to concrete formwork. He struggled to find reliable contractors to cart the formwork, so decided to make sure the task was completed properly and bought a few trucks.

Albert cut all ties to the formwork industry in the late 1980s to focus on transport. He secured contracts with numerous companies, including BHP and Shelleys soft drinks, which saw his company, AHT, booming, trailers never left the yards at St Marys or Wellington without carting at least 30 tonnes of steel as base, soft drinks and other general freight on top. The company had depots in Sydney, Darwin and Wellington, the latter used as a road train hook-up yard. In those days North Burke was the legal hook-up yard but according to Albert, there was no way the trucks were dog-running that far.

Case IH then approached Albert to cart agricultural machinery from its yard and he secured a contract to cart all Case IH products Australia-wide. This partnership lasted for more than 25 years through mergers with New Holland and Fiat.

Once this partnership ended, Albert had all his children, including his son-in-law, working for the business. They decided to steer the company back to its beginnings focusing on road train and B-Double work to remote areas in partnership with mining and larger transport companies, with their trucks running across the country from the depot at St Marys.

Albert passed away in September 2012 following an accident in his Denning Coach Convert motorhome, otherwise known as his 'baby'. The family then made the decision to sell the business, in order to focus on quality family time.

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