Wagga carrier Crouch plans new Melbourne store

Wagga carrier Ron Crouch to double dangerous goods capacity with new Melbourne store

By Tamara Whitsed | October 9, 2009

Wagga carrier Ron Crouch Transport will double its dangerous goods warehousing capacity with the construction of a new 1,500 square metre warehouse at its Melbourne depot.

Managing Director Geoff Crouch says the existing 1,500 square metre dangerous goods facility at Wagga Wagga is operating at capacity.

The company diversified into dangerous goods transportation and warehousing in the 1990s with construction of the warehouse, which is licensed by WorkCover New South Wales and accredited by AgSafe for the storage of dangerous goods, with the exception of explosives.

The proposed new warehouse - an extension of the existing Melbourne depot - is still in the planning stages.

Providing dangerous goods transportation and warehousing has required a substantial financial investment, according to the company namesake.

"It pays to specialise, as long as there are sufficient volumes to provide the revenue to compensate for the investment," Ron Crouch says.

"It’s a niche market. Being one of the few that have all the necessary infrastructure, procedures and accreditations in place to be able to service this segment of the national freight task gives us a commercial advantage over many of our competitors."

Based in Wagga Wagga, Crouch runs depots in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. It services over 750 clients, including Heinz, DSM, Ausply, Campbells and CRT.

READ MORE: The full profile on Ron Crouch and his operation in the November edition of ATN magazine.

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