William Gill was involved in the transport industry in New Zealand for over 70 years. He established William Gill Limited in Auckland in 1924 and in 1954 (thirty years later), he founded William Gill & Sons Ltd in Huntly.
Commer and Dodge trucks were our first line of business and we soon developed a widespread reputation as a company who stood behind everything we sold 100%. As a consequence, the demand for our service increased and came from further afield.
William Gill & Sons Ltd’s expertise in truck sales and service was recognised by Todd Motors in 1972 (who had just acquired the Mitsubishi franchise in New Zealand) when they appointed William Gill & Sons Ltd as Mitsubishi dealers.
Our Manukau City branch was opened in 1978 to service an already large customer base in the Auckland region. Up until 2009 we enjoyed being one of New Zealand’s top sellers of Mitsubishi trucks. This came to a halt when Mitsubishi decided to rationalise their Mitsubishi truck dealers around New Zealand. Fortunately our reputation in the transport industry plus our long term loyal customers has enabled us to carry the business on.
The business today still operates out of two locations being Huntly and Auckland (Manukau) with 28 passionate staff. Largely the business is made up of truck repairs and servicing plus parts sales.
Our Huntly branch also operates an extensive truck wrecking division on top of general truck servicing/repairs and parts sales.
The Auckland branch also has a truck sales division focusing on Sinotruk and Hyundai Trucks.
In February 2013 (at 85 years of age) our CEO, Brian Gill, decided to slow down and left the day to day running of the business to his daughter Linda and Grandson Scott. Sadly, Brian passed away in August 2013. He has left a great empire which will be carried on.
Linda and Scott together with the experienced and passionate staff are keen to carry the business forward through new and exciting challenges and opportunities.