On Thursday February 18, 2010 Robert Hazell and Geoffrey Hazell visited the Komatsu Australia Fairfield site for the official handover of Hazell Bros' 100th Komatsu machine - a WA500-6 wheel loader.
Hazell Bros has been in business for 65 years and has been purchasing Komatsu machines since the mid eighties along with other makes of earthmoving machines.
The first Komatsu machine purchased was the GD605A-3 grader in 1985 from the Komatsu distributor Associated Machinery Services Hire (AMSH) ,and now Hazell Bros have over 40 pieces of Komatsu machines.
According to Robert Hazell, the initial order for the grader stemmed from a long working relationship with the AMSH with the Hazell Bros founder Donald Hazell.
The relationship carried across to Komatsu Australia and developed from there.
Left The 100th machine commemoration ceremony
at Komatsu Fairfield branch.
"There are a number of reasons we come back to Komatsu one is that the Komatsu machines perform very, very well and in some instances outperforms the competitors; two, the working relationship we have built during the past 25 years in Tasmania and another very important aspect is national support available across Australia as Hazell Bros takes on more work in other states." said Robert.
Hazell Bros is based in Derwent Park, Hobart and is a diversified company that now employs over 550 people. Its core activities are construction, quarry and concrete production, services, and transport.
Since the conception of Hazell Bros it has had a Hazell family member leading the company however since the beginning 2010 the business has appointed a CEO - Bob Bennetto.
Geoffrey Hazell states this appointment is to enable the business to strengthen and grow to the next level. "Robert and I still play a day to day role to ensure we are part of this growth."
The 100th Komatsu WA500-6 wheel loader will be working in the Enlargement of Cotter Dam Project in Canberra. This project involves building a new dam downstream of the existing one to increase the Cotter reservoir capacity from the current 4 gigalitres (GL) to around 78 GL, almost 20 times its current size.
Hazell Bros is a sub-alliance member to the BAW Alliance which include GHD, Abigroup and John Holland.
"Our part in the project is to crush a one million tonnes of material for the Roller compacted concrete project which has recently received approvals and work commenced early this year" said Geoffrey Hazell.
"Hazell Bros is also involved in a joint venture with John Holland in one of the largest infrastructure projects in Tasmania The Brighton Bypass is a $100 million project which incorporates the new rail transport hub which is located in the northern suburbs of Hobart. The project started the end of 2009 and will be completed mid 2011" said Geoffrey.