2017-05-22

FAGAN & WHALLEY BUILDS FOR THE FUTURE AFTER 90 YEARS IN BUSINESS

To celebrate 90 years in business, the well-known Lancashire-based haulage company has commissioned a surprising special edition next generation S 450. 

Fagan & Whalley Ltd started delivering coal with a horse and cart in 1927. Today they have over 320 members of staff and 170 Scania trucks. 

“Our anniversary vehicle had to be a Scania. There was no question about it. The build quality on the next generation Scania is a massive improvement on previous models, which we already considered best in class,” says Commercial Director, Stephen Fagan. 

There’s a strong family connection at the heart of this new truck. The traditional green livery has been swapped to grey, a colour used by the company during the 1960s and 70s. And it’s named Doris in tribute to the mother of Stephen Fagan and his brother, Graham, Operations Director. Doris was the wife of Geoff Fagan, who still plays an active part in the business at age 85.

“Calling the truck Doris and the choice of colour was a complete surprise. They kept everything a secret until it was unveiled. It’s a touching tribute by Sam and Daniel.”

Stephen Fagan

Commercial Director, Fagan & Whalley

Sam Fagan, Projects and Systems Manager and Daniel Wood, Operations Manager kept the new livery under wraps from the rest of the company. “Calling the truck Doris and the choice of colour was a complete surprise,” says Stephen. “They kept everything a secret until it was unveiled. It’s a touching tribute by Sam and Daniel.”

Fagan & Whalley continues to look to the future and is opening a 92,000 square feet depot in Burnley Bridge, by junction 9 of the M65. The ten-acre site has parking for 80 trailers and ten loading bays. It will create 25 new jobs and increases the warehousing capacity for the firm.

As with many haulage businesses, Fagan & Whalley has found quality drivers harder to recruit in recent years. This has led to creating their own apprentice scheme to train HGV drivers. A dedicated training centre has helped ten drivers progress from apprentices to full-time drivers with the company.

“Today one of our apprentices passed his Class 1, without a single minor. That shows the quality of everyone involved and why we set up the apprenticeship programme,” says Stephen.

When asked about the driving force behind the success of Fagan and Whalley, Stephen says: “We’re not here to let people down. It goes hand in hand with Scania. We know our strengths and we are proud of our heritage and build relationships based on our core values - that’s the road we choose to follow."