Balclutha transport operator Alex McLellan reckons that starting his own trucking business helped uncover his true passion – after years spent doing this and that. Trying to find THE job.
He started out as an apprentice diesel mechanic, doing a little bit of truck driving. Next, he moved on to operating a wheel loader….then he did another stint driving trucks. Spent a year off the road, operating a forklift. And then….back to driving trucks.
To be clear, despite this to-ing and fro-ing, he reckons he had actually “known” from an early age that his future lay in trucking.
“My father worked for the Clutha Carrying Company, which later morphed into Wilson Transport. We lived next door to the depot, so it was natural that I started working there part-time after school.
“Later, when I left school, they were kind enough to take me on as an apprentice mechanic and taught me my trade. During that same period I picked up my heavy licence and did a certain amount of driving, though my time was primarily spent in the workshop.”