Originally founded back in 1938, HWR has worked away quietly growing in the transport game by delivering excellence, today H.W. Richardson Group (HWR) comprises over 60 companies and employs more than 1,750 people. Formed by Bill Richardson (Harold William Richardson), this family owned business based in Invercargill is still in the family, with Shona (Bill's widow) and daughter Joc O'Donnell on the board of directors.
HWR aspires to game changing transport through its “great gear, great people and great mates” and now operates in 6 industry sectors across New Zealand and Australia:
Along with Allied Lubricants being the authorised distributor of Mobil oils and lubricants in New Zealand, HWR provides service to the petroleum markets through several businesses. Allied Petroleum is a national bulk fuel distributor, it also operates a fast growing fuel stop network and offers fuel card solutions to the transport industry, HWR is also in a joint venture partnership with Wealleans Allied Petroleum, a fuel distributor operating in the Central North Island of New Zealand.
In Australia, alongside sister company Southern Cross Lubes, the Authorised Mobil oil Australia lubricants distributor for NSW, VIC and Tas, HWR owns Petrogas, a bulk fuel distribution business that has for years provided premium service to customers in and around the Melbourne metropolitan area.
HWR's concrete businesses began in the 1970's with the acquisition of Allied Concrete and has grown to over 50 plants throughout New Zealand. The North Island part of the business is a joint venture with Holcim as is the Christchurch based Ashby's Ready mix. Between these HWR boasts one of the largest fleets of concrete mixers and cerntainly the most modern.
Entering the civil contracting market in 1996, HWR purchased a business by the name of SouthRoads. Although a major diversification, road maintenance and construction had a lot of synergies with the other companies within the HWR Group. This contracting business arm of HWR now covers Southland, Otago and South Canterbury.
HWR’s presence in the transport sector covers a vast area of the North and South Islands in both rural and specialised transport. The HWR Group’s rural transportation businesses is a collection of many provincial companies; all joint ventures and covering the regions between Southland to Canterbury. Recently HWR invested in Farmers Transport, a large livestock cartage business operating in the North Island.
Specialised transport is also made up individual companies, all 100% owned by HWR, with expertise in bulk materials cartage (in particular cement and aggregates). Spread across the length of New Zealand.
HWR has a joint venture interests in the following New Zealand quarrying businesses: Southern Aggregates (operating two quarries ‘Stoney Creek’ in Balclutha and ‘Greenhills’ near Bluff) and Rangitikei Aggregates (near Marton).
Fern Hill Limeworks Ltd, located near Winton is fully owned by HWR subsidiary. This certified organic quarry produces quality lime, and offers a wide range of fertilisers for Southland farms.
In 2006, HWR purchased Bond Contracts who are contracted by the local councils of Southland to service its curb-side waste needs. Allied Bins based in Christchurch was established in 2012, followed by the purchase of Joe’s Bins in 2014. In 2015, HWR completed the purchase of its joint venture partner's shares in Metalman, a scrap metal business operating in many main centres across with New Zealand.
For more information about HWR, www.hwr.co.nz