About

MISSION!

“Out of Town 4WD will be professional in all activities”

Out of Town 4WD will be a leader in the 4WD and recreational aftermarket industry by the provision of high quality products and services which are tailored to the needs of vehicle users – our customers.

Out of Town 4WD will trade profitably while giving excellent service.

 

HISTORY

Out of Town 4WD was established in 1977 by the current owner, Fred Black, who recognized a market for his skills in designing and manufacturing products for 4WD travelers. It began in a domestic back yard in Wangi Wangi, NSW. The business grew, and soon added other services such as 4WD vehicle maintenance and mechanical repairs, and reselling of quality 4WD accessories.

In 1979 the business was relocated to a service station in Argenton, a suburb of Lake Macquarie. This provided a much easier access to the large customer base of Newcastle and Northern Lake Macquarie, and the business grew. By 1986 the business had outgrown the Argenton Site. 

By 1988 the complete business had relocated to Barnsley. The company now provided an extensive range of products and services, and Fred Black and other employees had by this time amassed a wealth of 4WD maintenance, repair, and trip preparation experience. They were active and well known in local 4WD club circles, and through good connections with National 4WD magazines were becoming well known throughout Australia.

The company now incorporates four major arms - sales, mechanical workshop, manufacturing and a distribution facility.

Sales - The showroom displays a large range of well known and respected 4WD accessories. 

Workshop - The mechanical workshop undertakes servicing, maintenance and repairs along with fitting of accessories.

Manufacturing - The manufacturing division is kept busy in design and production of a large range of long ranger fuel tanks, workshop bodies for light trucks, and other custom 4WD accesrories.

Distribution Centre - The Distribution Centre provides a storage and dispatch centre to the Out of Town Group of companies and major customers.

 

LOCATION

The large Barnsley premises provide spacious working areas, with significant room to grow. Barnsley is located within easy reach of the major population centres of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland in the Lower Hunter Valley. The close proximity to Sydney-Newcastle and Hunter freeways also puts the company within a one hour’s drive from the northern suburbs of Sydney, and the Upper Hunter Valley respectively.

 

MARKET

The 4WD recreational and commercial industry has been growing for the past thirty years. Over recent times, there have been many changes in vehicle design with 4WD’s generally becoming more “car like”. Out of Town 4WD through its close links with vehicles manufacturers, media and other industry bodies has kept abreast of changes, and modified its services and products to meet new challenges and take advantage of new requirements of customers.

 

KEY PERSONNEL

  • General Manager - Jessica Black
  • Store Manager - Graham Weaver
  • Production Manager - Ric Black
  • Accounts Manager - Helen Gageler
  • Systems Manager - Brad Curtis
  • Distribution Centre Manager - David Barnes