1st Fleet's pain becomes Secon's gain

Secon Freight Logistics snaps up facility previously owned by the now defunct freight operator 1st Fleet

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | February 4, 2013

Fallen 1st Fleet’s facility in Sunshine is the new home of family-run firm Secon Freight Logistics.

The collapsed company’s Melbourne headquarters, which went under last May, was snatched up by Secon in September for a "very good deal", Warehouse Operations Director Paul Considine says.

Considine says the 6,500 square-metre facility on Strezlecki Avenue is the perfect location for the expanding company which reached full capacity at its North Altona depot last year.

"We run out of room with the two sites we have so we needed another property," Considine says.

"Someone else’s pain is someone else’s gain.

"It just seemed to happen. We put a price in and negotiated a little bit and all of a sudden we were owners of the facility."

The facility features pick and pack operations at the 4,500sqm warehouse, imports and exports operations and a quarantine-approved wash bay suitable for heavy machinery and cars.

"We have put that up and running now and we’re trying to push for machinery, cars and all sorts of things through that which we have been trying to do for a while but we haven’t had the facility to be able to do it or cope with volume and this has been able to give us that," Considine says.

"We are promoting that heavily and it’s starting to work. We are starting to get a lot of enquiries and a lot of work through our steam clean pad."

There are 20 employees based at the Sunshine depot. Secon’s other two depots are located in North Altona and Brooklyn.

"This facility gives us another opportunity realistically in the wharf transport logistics warehousing industry. It’s a customs facility as well so it gives us a lot more scope to be able to push more work out in the western area," Considine says.

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