National freight carrier, Glen Cameron Group, today marked the 45th anniversary of it first commencing operations.
Opening for business officially on 23 June, 1975 in an 8x10 office inside a cool store built in the 1920s and furnished with a second hand chair and desk, Glen Cameron Group (then known as Glen Cameron Trucking) started with a handful of potential customers Cameron had made a commitment to even though, thanks to a Telecom blunder, he did not have a telephone installed yet in which to communicate with them.
Like something out of a movie, calls, at least initially, were made from a public payphone.
The very first job was for Diversey, a local business in Bayswater, where the Glen Cameron Group is now headquartered. Glen Cameron recalls it like it was yesterday.
"My first day of operation was the realisation that it was up to me, and me alone," he said.
"I was a one man band about to live or die on the success or failure of my new business, Glen Cameron Trucking," said Cameron.
"I had come from a transport industry background and had some contacts with some sub-contractors and potential customers. Each I had given a commitment to that if they gave me a 'shot' I wouldn’t let them down. I’d pay my subbies quickly and I’d provide my customers with a first class service at a competitive price."
On that first day 45 years ago, Cameron made use of subcontractor Paul Curran, who is still with the company today.
The business now runs commercial vehicles all over Australia and manages over 1000 mobile assets through depots nationwide.
"45 years later and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. I have made many friends, had a wonderful time building a business that I’m proud of and I have the satisfaction in knowing that my business has supported many families and given many people an opportunity to grow," said Cameron.
"It hasn’t been an easy journey but I’ve had a lot of fun and I look forward to the future to see what we are capable of and what influence this business can have on its people, suppliers, customers, and the industry in general."