Cen­tu­rion ex­pands its fleet

Pilbara News - - News - Stu­art Mck­in­non

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.

Pic­ture: Me­gan Pow­ell

Cen­tu­rion executive gen­eral man­ager Justin Car­daci.

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