As a family owned and operated business, an appreciation of family has always been an important part of The Drake Group’s story.
VE Group: From Humble Beginnings to Full Service Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage
VE Group was founded by Nathan and Bronwen Howell in 2006, but you might say the vision began a long time before this.
The transport and earthmoving business is in Nathan’s blood. He enjoyed a childhood in the trucks driven by his father Neil, who owned and operated a heavy haulage transport business with Neil’s wife Lyn. Nathan recalls battling with his siblings for the chance to ride in the trucks with his dad.
Nathan started out his career in mining, but felt compelled to return to his roots. So he and his wife started their own family business, originally called Valley Excavations Qld.
From humble beginnings, the company grew in size and in business focus. VE Group is now an ISO Accredited Civil Construction, Bulk and Heavy Haulage Company with a team of 80 people, 30 Kenworth trucks and 35+ plant and machinery units.
Working out of Riverview and Moura, the company services basically everywhere around Queensland and NSW and offer customers a complete service package.
Drake Service & Repairs 30-year-old VE Group Trailer Refurbishment
A few years back, Nathan and Bronwen decided to track down the original three axle tag low loader trailer that Nathan’s parents originally bought in the ‘80s. They found the old girl still working hard in the Central Queensland township of Banana.
In 2021, the Howells decided it was time to give this old trailer a makeover. With a Drake Full Widener and Deck Widener in their fleet, and a pair of Drake dollies, the Howells decided to enlist the help of Drake Service and Repairs to restore their old girl to her former glory.
Have a read of the full repair job in Trailer Magazine’s latest write up, page 48!
Watch Troy’s Chat with Nathan about This Special Trailer Refurbishment
Trailer Service & Repairs – Why Choose Drake?
Drake Service and Repairs have the expertise and full trailer service offering to transform any make of trailer, regardless of age, into a modern classic.
No job is too big, small or complex. Drake Service and Repairs will tackle routine servicing, maintenance or breakdown callouts on any trailer, not just the Drake Trailers and O’Phee Trailers that we are known for.
With this latest trailer service & repair job, we’re proud to be part of VE Group’s 15-year history and look forward to seeing them out on the road.