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Wayno is Awarded Certificate of Merit at HVIA Awards 2021

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association announced the winners of the HVIA Awards 2021, held at the Emporium in South Brisbane last Friday.

A huge congratulations to The Drake Group’s very own Wayne Taradel, who took home a Certificate of Merit as part of the National Apprentice of the Year Award category.

Wayno joined us an Apprentice Boilermaker organised through Apprenticeships Queensland, after dreaming of engineering type work since high school. He is now a fully qualified Boilermaker and officially a member of the Drake Team.

He’s been a dead-set legend since day dot and has consistently exceeded expectations across the board in all his work. He’s a hugely valued member of the Drake workforce and he continues to do us proud. Congratulations Wayno!

HVIA Awards 2021 - Wayno is surrounded by The Drake Group leaders, Khali, Stephen, Ben, Justin of Warby Tools and Mark of Apprenticeships QLDWayno is presented his HVIA Award by Justin Currie of Warby Tools

HVIA Award Finalists 2021

The Drake Group were HVIA Award finalists across three categories in the 2021 HVIA Awards:

  • The Product Innovation Award
  • The Safety Innovation Award
  • The Apprentice of the Year Award

Well done to all the finalists and the category winners who each are doing their part in keeping the heavy haulage industry moving.

The Drake Group’s Award Nominated SKEL B Double Trailer

Check out our award nominated trailer: The O’Phee Crane and Counterweight SKEL B Double trailer combination.

You might have seen us showcase this showstopper at the Brisbane Truck Show 2021 earlier this year. It was also featured in Crane and Lifting’s latest issue.

Designed in close collaboration with the Freo Group and WGC Cranes – the O’Phee Crane and Counterweight SKEL trailer was created as one single, multi-functional trailer solution to support a range of brands and sizes of crane. The trailer enhances the return on investment, useability, and safety. It is a complete lightweight trailer solution.

We look forward to seeing all the innovations in heavy haulage design and engineering in the 2022 HVIA Awards.

For more information about the O’Phee SKEL B Double Trailer, contact The Drake Group sales team.

Or if you’re interested in joining The Drake Group’s legendary team, visit our Drake Careers page.