Young Guns Container Crew
Indigenous Business Case Studies
Young Guns was founded in 2004 by brothers Scott and Trent Young.
Back then, the brothers were chasing a dream of playing professional rugby league while juggling engineering studies at university and a casual job unpacking shipping containers.
Today, Young Guns Container Crew packs and unpacks shipping containers for some of the world's largest multinational corporations and employs approximately 600 people nationwide. The company handles all aspects of container processing for its clients – from data entry and documentation through to scheduling and traffic management.
Young Guns Container Crew has a head office in Brisbane and offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. In 2017-18, the company generated approximately $35 million in annual revenue.
In 2015, the company was recognised for its success when it was awarded the Supply Nation Certified Supplier of the Year award.
A few years ago, after a member of Young Guns' management team married a Canadian, the brothers decided it was time to expand their business into overseas markets – starting with Canada. After a year of careful research, Young Guns began operations in Canada in 2016 and has already been rewarded with impressive growth.
The company is set to launch operations in New Zealand in 2019 and also has the United States in its sights.
When asked about the secret of their success, Scott says it's all down to their leadership providing an environment for people to succeed. Young Guns Container Crew provides opportunities for its employees to upskill, making them more productive and helping to create a permanent workforce.
"Eighty-five per cent of our workforce is 18 to 25 years old," says Scott. "We've turned what used to be seen as a transient, casual job into a career opportunity through our leadership pathways and we've reaped the returns from a better workforce.
"The traditional industry model is essentially labour hire and has been around forever and a day. We work on a productivity-based model, and this spurs innovation. Our customers come to us because they recognise this edge."