Four companies were honoured with awards celebrating 50-years of continuous membership at the 2021 HVIA National Awards Gala event held in Brisbane last week.
Having joined what was then the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) at its first Annual General Meeting in 1971, the companies recognised were:
- The Brown & Hurley Group
- Eaton Vehicle Group
- MaxiTRANS, and
- Rogers Axles and Springworks.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said it is a rare feat for any industry association to be able to celebrate such a long period of continuous corporate membership.
“People come and go,” he said. “That’s generally how it works. They pay their membership one year and then five years later they don’t.”
“To have four companies celebrating fifty years of continuous membership, given that HVIA is only fifty-one years old – that means these companies joined at the first AGM.
“It is an incredible honour for an industry association and it is something that we should be absolutely proud to celebrate.
“We celebrated it for the first time last year, and we’ll celebrate this year, and we’ll celebrate next year and we’ve got a lot more coming up.
“That is just testament to this amazing industry.”
In 2020 HVIA celebrated it’s 50th anniversary and six founding member companies were presented with continuous membership plaques.
You can read more about HVIA (& CVIAQ’s) first fifty years here.
Pictured at top are Mitchell Chambers representing Rogers Axles and Springworks and Kevin Manfield from MaxiTRANS.
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