Haulage company and logistics provider Fagan & Whalley marked their 90th anniversary in style last month. Celebrating both its past and its future, the company invited its customers, guests and suppliers, along with the staff and their families, to join in the festivities.
Over a two-day celebration, the haulage company held events to showcase its impressive recent advancements, and to entertain those who had made their success possible.
Day One: Thanking its Customers and Suppliers
Fagan & Whalley kicked off the anniversary events by inviting some of its customers and suppliers to its new head office in Padiham, Albion House. As part of the welcoming event, customers and suppliers were able to meet the F&W team and enjoy refreshments in the boardroom. Here they were given an overview of the haulage company, including its long history and some of the key elements of its business, such as compliance, recruitment, customer service, training and safety.
Following an excellent meal, during which guests learned more about the haulage company’s core business of transport, warehousing, distribution, professional training and maintenance, they were taken on a tour of the site.
A coach tour to F&W’s new distribution hub at its 70-acre Burnley Bridge site followed. Guests were able to see the haulage company’s 10 loading bays, which have space for 80 trailers and 25,000 pallet locations.
Day Two: A Family Fun Day
While day one of the celebrations was all about business, day two was all about fun. F&W repurposed their Burnley Bridge distribution hub as the location for a fairground and fun day for the haulage company’s 300 staff members and their families.
More than 900 people in total came to enjoy the fun fair, vintage trucks, balloon modelling, face painting and model truck racing. To thank the loyal staff who keep the business working and thriving from day to day, there was live music and free food and drink.
The celebrations were rounded off by a speech by Graham and Stephen Fagan, who thanked staff and customers alike for making the celebrations such a success.
From Past to Future
In 1927, the family firm F&W began life with a single truck, which delivered small loads around a group of Lancashire villages.
Today, the firm is a major player in the road haulage industry. The company offers a complete road haulage service, running its warehousing and transport sectors together on a fully integrated site in Padiham. This allows the company to offer both an efficient and cost-effective service.
In recent years, F&W has also ensured that it uses the very latest technology: every vehicle in its fleet is now fitted with the very latest driver communication systems. This allows the firm to track and predict arrival and departure times with greater accuracy, enabling them to provide a better service to its customers.
It is the company’s ability to embrace new technology while simultaneously staying true to its past as a small family-run business that sets it up for continued success. Happy Birthday, F&W!
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage company work with available drivers. Over 4,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.