Silk looks to grow; Dixon to lead the way

Silk Logistics boss eyes expansion and says the operator has the right man to get it done

By Brad Gardner | April 28, 2010

Silk Logistics is planning expand its operations and the chairman of the group thinks he has the right man to lead the way.

Following the appointment in March of John Dixon, who has held positions at Linfox and Patrick, Silk Chairman John Clifford says the operator is firmly setting its sights on growth.

He says there are a lot of opportunities for Silk in the marketplace at the moment.

"Our plan is to continue to grow the business," Clifford tells ATN.

But he declined to go into detail, saying it is not ideal for the company to comment on potential plans.

"We wouldn’t comment on projects until they are done," he says.

The company, which was set up in 2008, appointed Dixon after its chief operating officer and executive director, Bob Welsh, reached a mutual agreement with the company to leave.

The appointment of Dixon is the right move, according to Clifford.

"He’s had a long track record in transport," he says.

Gresham Partners established Silk as an umbrella group to house Kagan Logistics, Hoffman’s Transport, the WA Freight Group, Bunker Freight Lines and Doolan’s Heavy Haulage.

Following the launch of Silk, Welsh told ATN the plan behind the venture was to combine services to give customers a complete transport and logistics solution.

The Managing Director of Doolan’s, Warwick Doolan, said at the time he decided to join Silk to help the business grow beyond Victoria.

The company struggled to secure national contracts because it could not offer a complete service, Doolan said at the time.

"I made the decision then that we needed to get bigger," he says.

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