Geelong meat transporter, Leopold Transport, has taken delivery of one of Maxi-CUBE’s recently updated Meat Hanger trailers. While undertaking the process of searching for the best trailer to suit their purposes, Leopold Transport knew they were looking for something that was resilient enough to survive a long working life. They eventually decided on a Maxi-CUBE due to the brand’s reputation of durability, a result of an emphasis on steel in the trailer design.
Leopold Transport is a small family owned company which has traditionally transported meat from Geelong abattoirs and distributed it to Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Started by Geoff and Marion Murgatroyd in 1976, Leopold Transport operated as a one-truck company until son Glenn became involved in 2000. Since then, the company has grown to now operate seven prime movers, seven refrigerated trailers, two rigid body trucks and one tipper trailer.
When looking to further expand his fleet, Glenn was intent on purchasing the sturdiest solution. “My existing fleet of trailers was from a variety of different brands, the majority of which had timber floors and fibreglass around the rear frame,” said Glenn. “Those two features have given me maintenance issues over the years, with the floors needing replacing and the rear frame getting battered by repeated impact with loading docks.”
One trailer, however, had withstood the test of time more than any other. “We had only one Maxi-CUBE in the fleet at the time – a 1986 model,” he stated. “It was different to the others with an aluminium floor, steel cross members and steel rear frame. Those features had meant that we hadn’t needed to do too much maintenance on it over the years, so I decided to contact my local Maxi-CUBE Dealer to see whether the current model offered the same benefits.”
Heath Menhennet, Area Sales Manager for local Maxi-CUBE Dealer, MaxiTRANS Victoria, said that not only did Maxi-CUBE continue to provide the same benefits, but a number of improvements had been incorporated into the modern design. “We offered Glenn our new Meat Hanger model, with air operated meat rails,” said Heath. “The air operated rails can be raised to the roof with the push of a button when not in use, eliminating the work health and safety risks involved with manually lifting heavy steel rails.”
“The ability to easily raise the meat rails when we aren’t using them, also gives us the ability to carry double stacked general freight on our return leg from Melbourne,” Glenn stated.
The final design was a 45 foot Meat Hanger, featuring longitudinal air operated meat rails, Meritor CS9 suspension and drum brakes. Glenn was also happy to learn that not only did the Maxi-CUBE Meat Hanger continue to offer a sturdy steel rear frame and aluminium floor, but also now had an option of a full steel chassis, further reinforcing the trailer for longevity.
Despite all the product features, Glenn claims that it was Maxi-CUBE’s ability to listen to his requirements and adapt the design accordingly which was the major reason behind his decision. “Many other suppliers preferred to sell me an ‘off-the-shelf’ design,” he said. “However Heath took the time to take me to the Maxi-CUBE factory, sit with their engineers and specify exactly what I needed.”
“They actually designed the trailer on their 3D CAD programs while I sat with them, so I could see exactly how it would work before it had even been built.”
“We were even able to involve the various customers who we supply transport services to. We took into account their different infrastructure to ensure our trailers suited each of their systems for ease of loading, which has in turn strengthened our business relationships with them.”
With the new Maxi-CUBE Meat Hanger operating well, Glenn recently placed an order for another, due to be delivered shortly. “Once again, I was able to request customisations to the design, further emphasising Maxi-CUBE’s willingness to adapt based on customer requirements,” Glenn said. “I’m confident of a long, maintenance-free life from both of these new trailers.”