Followmont celebrates 35th milestone in home state
FOUNDED through humble beginnings in 1984, Followmont Transport this month proudly celebrates 35 years servicing their home state of Queensland.
Bernie Tobin and Alan Salpietro realised a gap in the market when a rail strike affected newspaper deliveries to regional communities.
The two men loaded their only truck and took to the road to ensure Queensland towns remained connected and it wasn't long before their work ethic was recognised by other multi-national retailers.
They quickly established a network that put its customers' needs first and delivered jobs the others couldn't.
Over the years, their commitment to service saw the company evolve from two men and truck to becoming Queensland's largest family-owned transport company.
Now under the reins of Bernie's son, Mark Tobin, Followmont has more than 800 employees, close to 1000 pieces of equipment, 20 plus depots throughout Queensland and New South Wales and 150 local contractors.
Mark Tobin, the managing director, said their dedication to providing the best service possible is something that still rings true to the company's values today.
"It's been this dedication that has set a precedent for how we operate and why we have achieved so much over the 35 years,” he said.
"We form partnerships with our customers and understand what they need to be successful in their business and how we can help them achieve that.”
Bernie said from the moment they started, they made a promise to their customers.
"If we said we would deliver the freight, we delivered it,” Bernie said.
"Integrity is everything and when we shook hands with our customers, they knew we were true to our words.”
Maintaining their family feel across the organisation is the most important factor for Followmont Transport, boasting a tagline of "it's personal, not commercial”.
It's the hands-on relationships that set them apart from the competition and something that Mark Tobin says is embedded in their culture.