SOLLYS
Our Story Sollys Freight Service was established in Collingwood in 1928 by Ken Solly with the purchase of a 1928 Chevrolet truck. He started by servicing the small ships that came around the coast from Collingwood and delivered the goods that came off them. Ken then used this vehicle to establish a freight run from the western area of Golden Bay to Nelson. This was generally a two day run when many sections of the road were merely a gravel track. During the Thirties Ken had 12 staff and had built the fleet up to 7 trucks; however, he did have 2 trucks requisitioned for army use during World War 2. The business then thrived, expanding to a dozen vehicles as well as the establishment of a quarry and plant to manufacture agricultural lime. Ken had two of his sons, Trevor and Noel working with him during the 1940s. In the early 1950s Trevor took over the business. During these times the fleet saw the inclusion of WTL Bedfords which then moved on to the O Series Bedford in the late 1940s. The first of the big trucks to grace the Sollys fleet was the S Bedford. They only had 4 gears to choose from but didn’t go too badly up the Takaka hill. It was only when you went downhill the problems began; the brakes were only on rods and nothing worked very well, you had to stay in low gear otherwise you were a goner. Guys use to drive down the hills with the door open just in case they needed to bail if things went bad. Eventually the TK Bedfords came along; these even came complete with a trailer. This then cut travel times down dramatically with the trip between Richmond and Collingwood down to 4 hours and 17 minutes. Another milestone involving the TK’s was when the Leyland 400 came out. Before that the Bedfords had a 330 diesel which was about 103 horse power then the Leyland came on the road with a two speed Eaton diff. These really did the job; it was a major move forward for the TKs. They were a 5 speed / 2 speed but the drivers were never allowed to change the button change down below third gear because if you did that on the Takaka Hill then you would usually blow your diff out or something else. So you had to go down from high range to low range much sooner than you would normally do. Trevor's sons Merv and Brian joined the staff in the 1960s, taking more responsibility for running the expanding transport and earthmoving business. When Merv started with his father the company was still based in Collingwood and carried out your traditional rural carriers work.  It was heavily involved in work for the surrounding farming community and the local dairy co-op. When it came to the operations of the company all of the organising was done at night. You would drive during the day and then at night would organise the next days work. There were no cell phones around then and the number to ring Sollys on was 7. The work was considerably harder, with arduous roads and heavy labouring. The old road from Collingwood to Takaka took two hours to complete in the old TK Bedfords while the new road takes an average of 25 minutes by car. Stock was carried all over the country in old crates with overhead pens. The run to Temuka from Takaka took 18 hours and Gore took 44 hours, non stop, in the TK Bedfords. Drivers would go out two up to accomplish such long runs, driving for two hours then resting or sleeping for the next two. It was the introduction of the first Isuzu, a 256hp model with the set forward axle, which revolutionised the trip times. Suddenly the run to Temuka was halved to only 9 hours and this bought an immediate end to the double manning. The power and reliability of the Japanese trucks would set the company on the path that sees the majority of its fleet sourced from the Japanese markets today.  An issue around the gudgeon pins in the 370hp Isuzus saw the company venture towards other Japanese brands and lead to the addition of Nissan Diesels to the fleet (which later became UD). Both of these brands are still very prominent in the fleet today. Merv took over the company in the late 1980s and it has continued to grow into the 21st Century. Today's organisation is a far cry from the seven truck, one yard business it was in the past; it now has over 70 trucks on the road and employs around 120 staff. Not to mention the large variety of construction and mining equipment they have for their civil construction and extractive mineral divisions. Merv now works with his son Ed and daughter Adele and has established depots in Collingwood, Takaka, Richmond, Christchurch, and Blenheim. It has always been said that it is the service and making the customer the first priority that continues to see Sollys grow and prosper.
Our Vision Sollys core purpose is to enable the success of others by connecting people and products. We do this through our core values which include: Small Acts Make Big Differences – We believe it is the small gestures that make the difference. Our Service is the Difference – Anyone can move your product but it’s the service we provide that makes use different to everyone else. Delivering quality is the key to ensuring your deliveries are on time and in one piece. Our can do attitude means nothing is impossible. Respect the Man and the Machine – Health & Safety is at the fore front to all of our operations.
SOLLYS
Our Story Sollys Freight Service was established in Collingwood in 1928 by Ken Solly with the purchase of a 1928 Chevrolet truck. He started by servicing the small ships that came around the coast from Collingwood and delivered the goods that came off them. Ken then used this vehicle to establish a freight run from the western area of Golden Bay to Nelson. This was generally a two day run when many sections of the road were merely a gravel track. During the Thirties Ken had 12 staff and had built the fleet up to 7 trucks; however, he did have 2 trucks requisitioned for army use during World War 2. The business then thrived, expanding to a dozen vehicles as well as the establishment of a quarry and plant to manufacture agricultural lime. Ken had two of his sons, Trevor and Noel working with him during the 1940s. In the early 1950s Trevor took over the business. During these times the fleet saw the inclusion of WTL Bedfords which then moved on to the O Series Bedford in the late 1940s. The first of the big trucks to grace the Sollys fleet was the S Bedford. They only had 4 gears to choose from but didn’t go too badly up the Takaka hill. It was only when you went downhill the problems began; the brakes were only on rods and nothing worked very well, you had to stay in low gear otherwise you were a goner. Guys use to drive down the hills with the door open just in case they needed to bail if things went bad. Eventually the TK Bedfords came along; these even came complete with a trailer. This then cut travel times down dramatically with the trip between Richmond and Collingwood down to 4 hours and 17 minutes. Another milestone involving the TK’s was when the Leyland 400 came out. Before that the Bedfords had a 330 diesel which was about 103 horse power then the Leyland came on the road with a two speed Eaton diff. These really did the job; it was a major move forward for the TKs. They were a 5 speed / 2 speed but the drivers were never allowed to change the button change down below third gear because if you did that on the Takaka Hill then you would usually blow your diff out or something else. So you had to go down from high range to low range much sooner than you would normally do. Trevor's sons Merv and Brian joined the staff in the 1960s, taking more responsibility for running the expanding transport and earthmoving business. When Merv started with his father the company was still based in Collingwood and carried out your traditional rural carriers work.  It was heavily involved in work for the surrounding farming community and the local dairy co-op. When it came to the operations of the company all of the organising was done at night. You would drive during the day and then at night would organise the next days work. There were no cell phones around then and the number to ring Sollys on was 7. The work was considerably harder, with arduous roads and heavy labouring. The old road from Collingwood to Takaka took two hours to complete in the old TK Bedfords while the new road takes an average of 25 minutes by car. Stock was carried all over the country in old crates with overhead pens. The run to Temuka from Takaka took 18 hours and Gore took 44 hours, non stop, in the TK Bedfords. Drivers would go out two up to accomplish such long runs, driving for two hours then resting or sleeping for the next two. It was the introduction of the first Isuzu, a 256hp model with the set forward axle, which revolutionised the trip times. Suddenly the run to Temuka was halved to only 9 hours and this bought an immediate end to the double manning. The power and reliability of the Japanese trucks would set the company on the path that sees the majority of its fleet sourced from the Japanese markets today.  An issue around the gudgeon pins in the 370hp Isuzus saw the company venture towards other Japanese brands and lead to the addition of Nissan Diesels to the fleet (which later became UD). Both of these brands are still very prominent in the fleet today. Merv took over the company in the late 1980s and it has continued to grow into the 21st Century. Today's organisation is a far cry from the seven truck, one yard business it was in the past; it now has over 70 trucks on the road and employs around 120 staff. Not to mention the large variety of construction and mining equipment they have for their civil construction and extractive mineral divisions. Merv now works with his son Ed and daughter Adele and has established depots in Collingwood, Takaka, Richmond, Christchurch, and Blenheim. It has always been said that it is the service and making the customer the first priority that continues to see Sollys grow and prosper.
Our Vision Sollys core purpose is to enable the success of others by connecting people and products. We do this through our core values which include: Small Acts Make Big Differences – We believe it is the small gestures that make the difference. Our Service is the Difference – Anyone can move your product but it’s the service we provide that makes use different to everyone else. Delivering quality is the key to ensuring your deliveries are on time and in one piece. Our can do attitude means nothing is impossible. Respect the Man and the Machine – Health & Safety is at the fore front to all of our operations.
SOLLYS
Our Story Sollys Freight Service was established in Collingwood in 1928 by Ken Solly with the purchase of a 1928 Chevrolet truck. He started by servicing the small ships that came around the coast from Collingwood and delivered the goods that came off them. Ken then used this vehicle to establish a freight run from the western area of Golden Bay to Nelson. This was generally a two day run when many sections of the road were merely a gravel track. During the Thirties Ken had 12 staff and had built the fleet up to 7 trucks; however, he did have 2 trucks requisitioned for army use during World War 2. The business then thrived, expanding to a dozen vehicles as well as the establishment of a quarry and plant to manufacture agricultural lime. Ken had two of his sons, Trevor and Noel working with him during the 1940s. In the early 1950s Trevor took over the business. During these times the fleet saw the inclusion of WTL Bedfords which then moved on to the O Series Bedford in the late 1940s. The first of the big trucks to grace the Sollys fleet was the S Bedford. They only had 4 gears to choose from but didn’t go too badly up the Takaka hill. It was only when you went downhill the problems began; the brakes were only on rods and nothing worked very well, you had to stay in low gear otherwise you were a goner. Guys use to drive down the hills with the door open just in case they needed to bail if things went bad. Eventually the TK Bedfords came along; these even came complete with a trailer. This then cut travel times down dramatically with the trip between Richmond and Collingwood down to 4 hours and 17 minutes. Another milestone involving the TK’s was when the Leyland 400 came out. Before that the Bedfords had a 330 diesel which was about 103 horse power then the Leyland came on the road with a two speed Eaton diff. These really did the job; it was a major move forward for the TKs. They were a 5 speed / 2 speed but the drivers were never allowed to change the button change down below third gear because if you did that on the Takaka Hill then you would usually blow your diff out or something else. So you had to go down from high range to low range much sooner than you would normally do. Trevor's sons Merv and Brian joined the staff in the 1960s, taking more responsibility for running the expanding transport and earthmoving business. When Merv started with his father the company was still based in Collingwood and carried out your traditional rural carriers work.  It was heavily involved in work for the surrounding farming community and the local dairy co-op. When it came to the operations of the company all of the organising was done at night. You would drive during the day and then at night would organise the next days work. There were no cell phones around then and the number to ring Sollys on was 7. The work was considerably harder, with arduous roads and heavy labouring. The old road from Collingwood to Takaka took two hours to complete in the old TK Bedfords while the new road takes an average of 25 minutes by car. Stock was carried all over the country in old crates with overhead pens. The run to Temuka from Takaka took 18 hours and Gore took 44 hours, non stop, in the TK Bedfords. Drivers would go out two up to accomplish such long runs, driving for two hours then resting or sleeping for the next two. It was the introduction of the first Isuzu, a 256hp model with the set forward axle, which revolutionised the trip times. Suddenly the run to Temuka was halved to only 9 hours and this bought an immediate end to the double manning. The power and reliability of the Japanese trucks would set the company on the path that sees the majority of its fleet sourced from the Japanese markets today.  An issue around the gudgeon pins in the 370hp Isuzus saw the company venture towards other Japanese brands and lead to the addition of Nissan Diesels to the fleet (which later became UD). Both of these brands are still very prominent in the fleet today. Merv took over the company in the late 1980s and it has continued to grow into the 21st Century. Today's organisation is a far cry from the seven truck, one yard business it was in the past; it now has over 70 trucks on the road and employs around 120 staff. Not to mention the large variety of construction and mining equipment they have for their civil construction and extractive mineral divisions. Merv now works with his son Ed and daughter Adele and has established depots in Collingwood, Takaka, Richmond, Christchurch, and Blenheim. It has always been said that it is the service and making the customer the first priority that continues to see Sollys grow and prosper.
Our Vision Sollys core purpose is to enable the success of others by connecting people and products. We do this through our core values which include: Small Acts Make Big Differences – We believe it is the small gestures that make the difference. Our Service is the Difference – Anyone can move your product but it’s the service we provide that makes use different to everyone else. Delivering quality is the key to ensuring your deliveries are on time and in one piece. Our can do attitude means nothing is impossible. Respect the Man and the Machine – Health & Safety is at the fore front to all of our operations.
SOLLYS
Our Story          Our Vision Sollys Freight Service was established in Collingwood in 1928 by Ken Solly with the purchase of a 1928 Chevrolet truck. He started by servicing the small ships that came around the coast from Collingwood and delivered the goods that came off them. Ken then used this vehicle to establish a freight run from the western area of Golden Bay to Nelson. This was generally a two day run when many sections of the road were merely a gravel track. During the Thirties Ken had 12 staff and had built the fleet up to 7 trucks; however, he did have 2 trucks requisitioned for army use during World War 2. The business then thrived, expanding to a dozen vehicles as well as the establishment of a quarry and plant to manufacture agricultural lime. Ken had two of his sons, Trevor and Noel working with him during the 1940s. In the early 1950s Trevor took over the business. During these times the fleet saw the inclusion of WTL Bedfords which then moved on to the O Series Bedford in the late 1940s. The first of the big trucks to grace the Sollys fleet was the S Bedford. They only had 4 gears to choose from but didn’t go too badly up the Takaka hill. It was only when you went downhill the problems began; the brakes were only on rods and nothing worked very well, you had to stay in low gear otherwise you were a goner. Guys use to drive down the hills with the door open just in case they needed to bail if things went bad. Eventually the TK Bedfords came along; these even came complete with a trailer. This then cut travel times down dramatically with the trip between Richmond and Collingwood down to 4 hours and 17 minutes. Another milestone involving the TK’s was when the Leyland 400 came out. Before that the Bedfords had a 330 diesel which was about 103 horse power then the Leyland came on the road with a two speed Eaton diff. These really did the job; it was a major move forward for the TKs. They were a 5 speed / 2 speed but the drivers were never allowed to change the button change down below third gear because if you did that on the Takaka Hill then you would usually blow your diff out or something else. So you had to go down from high range to low range much sooner than you would normally do. Trevor's sons Merv and Brian joined the staff in the 1960s, taking more responsibility for running the expanding transport and earthmoving business. When Merv started with his father the company was still based in Collingwood and carried out your traditional rural carriers work.  It was heavily involved in work for the surrounding farming community and the local dairy co-op. When it came to the operations of the company all of the organising was done at night. You would drive during the day and then at night would organise the next days work. There were no cell phones around then and the number to ring Sollys on was 7. The work was considerably harder, with arduous roads and heavy labouring. The old road from Collingwood to Takaka took two hours to complete in the old TK Bedfords while the new road takes an average of 25 minutes by car. Stock was carried all over the country in old crates with overhead pens. The run to Temuka from Takaka took 18 hours and Gore took 44 hours, non stop, in the TK Bedfords. Drivers would go out two up to accomplish such long runs, driving for two hours then resting or sleeping for the next two. It was the introduction of the first Isuzu, a 256hp model with the set forward axle, which revolutionised the trip times. Suddenly the run to Temuka was halved to only 9 hours and this bought an immediate end to the double manning. The power and reliability of the Japanese trucks would set the company on the path that sees the majority of its fleet sourced from the Japanese markets today.  An issue around the gudgeon pins in the 370hp Isuzus saw the company venture towards other Japanese brands and lead to the addition of Nissan Diesels to the fleet (which later became UD). Both of these brands are still very prominent in the fleet today. Merv took over the company in the late 1980s and it has continued to grow into the 21st Century. Today's organisation is a far cry from the seven truck, one yard business it was in the past; it now has over 70 trucks on the road and employs around 120 staff. Not to mention the large variety of construction and mining equipment they have for their civil construction and extractive mineral divisions. Merv now works with his son Ed and daughter Adele and has established depots in Collingwood, Takaka, Richmond, Christchurch, and Blenheim. It has always been said that it is the service and making the customer the first priority that continues to see Sollys grow and prosper.
Our Vision Sollys core purpose is to enable the success of others by connecting people and products. We do this through our core values which include: Small Acts Make Big Differences – We believe it is the small gestures that make the difference. Our Service is the Difference – Anyone can move your product but it’s the service we provide that makes use different to everyone else. Delivering quality is the key to ensuring your deliveries are on time and in one piece. Our can do attitude means nothing is impossible. Respect the Man and the Machine – Health & Safety is at the fore front to all of our operations.