Centurion lifts veil on transport depot
■ It is hard to imagine how a pair of brothers buying a truck in the late 1960s and driving a load up to Karratha could end up in the construction of a $10 million transport depot in Gap Ridge in 2015.
That is the story of the State’s largest transport and logistics provider, Centurion, which began with Frank and Carl Cardaci in 1968.
The pair envisioned owning 100 trucks, the company’s name embodying their ambition, and they grew their trucking empire to the point the fleet now has more than 780 vehicles and a new warehouse in Karratha employing 32 people.
While they have maintained a presence in the Pilbara and had about five different offices there over the years, with the new facility — which officially opened last week — they can provide transport, logistics, supply base and warehousing capabilities to the region.
Centurion executive general manager Justin Cardaci was at the event with Frank’s son Philip, who is the executive chairman of investors and developers CFC Group.
Justin said there were mixed emotions about the opening, given their ties to the region and the recent death of Frank’s other son, Marc, who had been instrumental in the design of the new facility.
He said Centurion had been a part of every major infrastructure project in Karratha since the company began, and had even transported the big water tanks on the hills behind the town and the church spire.
“We now have the capability to better service our local customers by improved throughput and turnaround at the depot,” he said.
“Basically, as soon as something arrives we can turn it around quicker and get it delivered to its end destination in a shorter time frame.”
Member for the Pilbara Brendon Grylls opened the depot and paid tribute to the Cardacis.
He also said his favourite television show as a child was BJ and the Bear, a US series about a trucker and a monkey, which inspired a young Mr Grylls to harbour truck-driving ambitions.