Cen­tu­rion lifts veil on trans­port de­pot

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Business - Peter de Krui­jff

■ 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.

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