As a kid, the phrase “you’ll never be able to afford that truck” drove Barry towards his goal of owning his own truck and ultimately, setting up Bee Jays Haulage.
He began his journey working for a contractor driving tippers while the South Eastern Freeway was being built between Crafers and Callington, near Adelaide. As a young lad, he started his first business collecting, cutting and carting firewood around the Adelaide Hills Region. As well as his firewood business, Barry also assisted a number of transport companies around Adelaide and in 1980 after noticing an opening within the market, started Bee Jays Meat Delivery Service with his wife, Sue. This involved a small fleet of refrigerated trucks delivering hanging meat carcasses from abattoirs both in Adelaide and interstate to all the metropolitan stores of one of the major supermarket chains.
After his meat cartage contract finished, and again after noticing an opening within the market, Barry began to focus on general freight and in 1984, Bee Jays Haulage began.
In the early 1990’s, a large Mallee farmer approached Barry to assist him with his grain cartage during a busy harvest. Over the next few years, demand for Bee Jays Haulage’s services grew as more and more farmers approached Barry for his assistance.
Now, Bee Jays Haulage consists of a fleet of 28 late model trucks, primarily a mixture of Freightliner and Kenworths, and includes a fleet of 16 b-double tippers as well as numerous trailers dedicated to local and interstate general freight. Bee Jays Haulage has long had relationships with a number of general freight operators and no matter how big, small, easy or hard the job may be, Barry prides himself on never saying “NO”.
Bee Jays Haulage has long worked with some of Australia’s largest grain handling companies, including Viterra since their early ABB days, and has been the sole preferred provider for Viterra’s Mallee region of South Australia/Victoria for a number of years. Barry has also worked with a number of Mallee farmers for many years and still drives a truck as much as possible. He looks forward to catching up with his regular farmers during harvest, still helping to personally cart their grain each year. By still being hands on, Barry is able to better understand the workings of the industry and better grow the business and service his customers.
Bee Jays Haulage has always been a family owned and operated business. Barry’s daughter, Natalie, manages the payroll and HR, 2 of Barry’s younger brothers are senior drivers and his son-in-law, Aaron, is also involved, running the Bulk Transport portion of the business.
Bee Jays Haulage is passionate about the transport industry and has a strong involvement with various industry bodies. Recently, Barry was appointed as a board member of SARTA (South Australian Road Transport Authority) and has been a long time member of various Viterra Silo Committees. In recent times, Barry has been a strong advocate for driver training as well as political action in the wake of the South-Eastern Freeway accidents in 2014/2015. He appeared on Today Tonight to demonstrate the correct and safe procedure for descending the freeway and has received praise from many other individuals within the industry and government as a result. To view the story, click here: http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/stories/truck-education
We are also proud to sponsor rural events, including being a gold sponsor of the popular Karoonda Farm Fair held in March each year.
Bee Jays Haulage is accredited under NHVAS Mass and Maintenance, ensuring that we are able to carry additional freight on each load for improved efficiency as well as our excellent maintenance programme creating a reliable and prompt supply chain.
All our logistics staff are trained and accredited in Chain of Responsibility (COR) requirements and legislation, ensuring that all links in the supply chain are performed safely and legally.
Bee Jays Haulage is also accredited in Basic Fatigue Management (BFM), allowing drivers who have successfully undergone industry training and deemed medically fit, extra flexibility with their driving hours. Whilst this helps increase efficiency within the supply chain, it also ensures drivers are fit and able to perform the tasks required of them safely and without placing other road users at risk.