Bob Udy has come a long way from being a bundle of nerves in his first mechanic exam in 1958. He currently celebrating 40 years in business to be exact!
Owner of Hall and Hyland Machinery in Waiuku, Bob is proud to be commemorating this milestone.
“Not many people can say they have been in business this long, or stay in the same location for 35 years,” he laughs.
Beginning his career as a fresh faced apprentice, Bob spent five years completing his qualifications at Hutchison and Knight before continuing on to work for several local mechanics.
“Back then, it was called Motor Mechanics, and you had to complete 10,000 hours before completing two papers. I still can’t believe that I got 93 percent, which was the top mark in New Zealand,” he said.
Several years later, Bob was given the opportunity to purchase into Hall and Hyland, which predominately serviced and maintained haybalers.
“All the monumental decisions were made in November,” said Bob. “I went into business with Mac Hyland at Hall and Hyland in November 1977. In November 1980, I purchased out Mac’s share, and in Nov 1982, I moved to our current location in Martyn Street. November is a pretty special month,” he laughs.
Over the last 40 years, Bob has seen many changes, including the advancement of motor vehicle technology.
“If you had said to me in 1977, that tractors and balers were going to have computers in them, I would have told them to go back to bed, yah dreaming.”
Bob says that he has enjoyed ‘keeping ahead’ of latest technology within machinery and vehicles.
“It really is quite astounding how far advanced we have become. Just managing the modern car is an achievement within itself, but it is all part of the job.”
One thing he is certain about is that the people in the community have made the last 40 years incredibly worth while.
“You have your ups and downs, as does everyone else, but there are so many wonderful people and local businesses in this community, it is making it very hard to retire. Our journey so far wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my wife Robyn, and our two children, who went many Christmas days without me due to work. I also put down our longevity to having great staff. I really want to thank everyone for their continued support. “
When asked if retirement was his plan in the near future, his response was ‘one day, but not now.’
Congratulations Bob, from all of us here at the Post Newspaper.