Centurion expands its fleet
Perth-based, family-owned transport company Centurion has bought the entire heavy-haulage trailing fleet of collapsed logistics group McAleese.
The acquisition will make Centurion the biggest heavy haulage service provider in Australia.
The deal also involves premises, giving the company a bigger footprint across Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and WA.
Centurion hopes to be in control of the McAleese fleet by the beginning of next year.
McAleese’s clients include several WA miners, for which it has ore hauling contracts including one for Atlas Iron’s Pilbara operations.
Centurion already operates in WA and the Northern Territory, with 10 distribution centres and a fleet of 1200 vehicles.
Centurion chief executive Justin Cardaci said the purchase of the McAleese fleet was strategically sound, aligned with the company’s strength in the resources sector and provided Centurion with a unique opportunity to expand. “As a wellestablished and trusted WA company, with more than 45 years experience in the transport and logistics arena, including heavy haulage, we have the capability to run a successful national business,” he said.
“This asset purchase will give us the platform to access new markets and grow our business nationally.”
Mr Cardaci said the company wanted to continue servicing existing and previous McAleese customers under the Centurion banner, targeting industries nationally that depend on the reliable and safe movement of large equipment, including mining, energy, infrastructure and construction.
McAleese called in administrators McGrath Nicol in August after the failure of a contentious recapitalisation plan.
Centurion has been owned and run by the Cardaci family since it was founded in 1971.
Its trucks already cover 40 million kilometres across Australia each year.
Centurion executive general manager Justin Cardaci.