Mukinbudin’s 25th Anniversary
Last Thursday, 10th September the Hutton & Northey Sales celebrated it’s 25th anniversary of business in Mukinbudin. The company was formed 44 years ago in Merredin and opened a branch in Mukinbudin in 1995. The business was initially based in a shed on Strugnell Street (near the ram pavilion) which was leased from Vic Jones. In 1999 they built a brand-new premise on the north side of town. It was officially opened on the 19th August 1999 by the then Shire President Ernie Ventris. The Council of the day was very encouraging to Hutton & Northey Sales to establish their business in Mukinbudin and the business still appreciates the support it receives from the Shire and the community.
Over the past 25 years they have had five Branch Managers, seven Service Managers, many parts staff and are very proud to have trained over twenty five apprentices. The first Branch Manager was Tim Fiegert, the first Service Manager was Shane McCrae and the first two apprentices which were transferred from the Merredin Branch was Troy Baker and Wade Roberts.
A gathering was held in the HNS shed from 4-7pm, with drinks and nibbles followed by a sausage sizzle. This was organized by Ann and was served by her helpers. A big thank you to Teresa Morony who helped immensely throughout the night. Customers were greeted in the newly revamped Parts Department by Partner Simon Hutton and Mukinbudin’s Parts Manager Steve Robartson. A goodie bag was given out and names recorded for the door prize. Ian Clune, Branch Manager welcomed everyone to the event and thanked the customers for their support and the staff for the organization of the event. Current partner in the business and one-time Branch Manager, John Lombardini spoke giving some history of the company and thanking staff and customers for their support through the years. John then called on Ernie Ventris to pull out the winner of the door prize, a CASE fire pit/esky which was won by Barry Palm.
On display was the pride and joy of another partner, John Trunfio, who was Hutton & Northey Sales very 1st apprentice employed in 1977 – a 711 header and a 7240 Case combine with a 60 foot MacDon front. It was interesting to see the vast differences between these two machines and there was a lot of interest as many of the attendees had driven 711’s in their time!
The current Mukinbudin staff would like to thank everyone for their support over the last 25 years and look forward to future business. Hutton & Northey Managers would also like to thank the staff for their continued dedication to customer service.