Tug Trailers ‘relaunch’

2017-08-30 06:02
Owner James Wardlaw (front, middle) with his team at Tug Trailers.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

Owner James Wardlaw (front, middle) with his team at Tug Trailers.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

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TUG Trailers, who have been in business for 17 years, has had an exciting change this year, this being the relocation of the business from Boshoff Street to 94 Pietermaritz Street in May.

The owner, James Wardlaw, bought the business six years ago and from having only one depot in Pietermaritzburg, the business now comprises seven depots around KwaZulu-Natal, and it doesn’t end there because they are in the process of opening more depots.

“Tug Trailers has depots in Mooi River, Shongweni, Kloof, Durban North, Westville and Ballito.

Tug Trailers relocated to 94 Pietermaritz Street after the rented premises in Boshoff Syreet was sold.

A visit to their new premises will confirm that the move was good for both the business and customers. One is immediately struck by how much larger and more convenient the new premises are.

The location enables easy access, controlled entry and exit and a clean, well maintained and safe yard, which all allows easy coupling and uncoupling.

In our short visit we were amazed at how quickly and easily customers came and went with no time wasted.

Far from being only a hire business Tug also does repairs, maintenance, servicing and sales. They are also a registered trailer manufacturer, and besides having a standard range, can also custom-make to spec.

They sell a wide range of trailer spares and are agents for Venter Trailers.

Having grown up and attending school and university in Pietermaritzburg­, Wardlaw said he is happy they can contribute in developing the city and going some way to restoring it to its former glory.

He added the municipality should be encouraging people to buy abandoned buildings and revamp them into a business or office space in order to tidy up the city. They could do this by offering rates incentives and making the rezoning and building laws more investor friendly.

The transformation of this site is a wonderful example of an inner city development that has resulted in the upliftment of an entire area, a decrease in crime and a general increase in surrounding property values, and neighbours in the near vicinity are pleased with the development. Karl Boucher, the longest serving employee at Tug Trailers, said he is thrilled with the growth of the business.

“I have worked here for 16 years and can see that the business is growing steadily. We started with about 10 trailers, now we have well over 100, and that is really exciting for us. We hope for more positive things,” said Boucher.

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