Reputation built with hard work at Truck Art

Dedicated staff: Les Younie has been working for Truck Art for the past 35 years and with his son, Michael, for the past 14 years.

Dedicated staff: Les Younie has been working for Truck Art for the past 35 years and with his son, Michael, for the past 14 years.

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The latest move for Truck Art was from Edward Street to Bomen.

The move was made to enable expansion and to bring the two sides of the business together with the trailer manufacturing side of the business, Truck Art Trailers, already based there.

The business moved to 15 Lewington Street at the end of February.

“The aim was to have a state-of-the-art workshop,” Mr Gibbs said.

“We have four baking spray booths which help with efficiency and provide a quality finish in all our work.”

The new site offers more than 3600 square metres of shed space for the team.

Extra space was needed to expand the smash repairs, salvage and towing part of the business.

The smash repairs section quickly became a big part of the operation in Wagga.

Mr Gibbs is proud of the business he has created from nothing when he first opened 41 years ago.

“It’s been a long journey but a good one,” Mr Gibbs said.

Truck Art is an Australia-wide brand now. It’s a big thing to have a name that every trucking business in Australia has heard of or dealt with us in some way. - Truck Art Owner Terry Gibbs

“People know they are going to get a good job done if they use Truck Art.”

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After starting the business on his own Mr Gibbs now shares it with his family. His wife Cheryl is a partner in the business and his two children work for Truck Art.

His son, Nathan, completed his spray painting apprenticeship in Wagga before moving to Perth to manage the branch. His daughter, Nicole, is in charge of the air conditioner sales in Wagga.  

The team at Truck Art are dedicated to training and developing staff, regularly hiring apprentices.

“We’re constantly putting young people on and that will always be part of the future,” he said.

Today the business employs 75 staff Australia wide at the four branches and at Truck Art Trailers in Wagga.

The team at Truck Art Trailers are able to produce one trailer a week, around 1000 hours worth of work.

Truck Art Trailers started with 18 employees in 2010 and quickly grew.

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