Wettenhall salvages container arm as linehaul goes

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

Operator changes name after dramas rob it of income and staff

Wettenhall salvages container arm as linehaul goes
Scott Wettenhall (right) says it's container business as usual


Victorian operator Wettenhall Logistics is in liquidation following two catastrophic events that occurred last Christmas.

The Dandenong South company has faced litigation and administrator Leonard Milner, director of accountants Venn Milner, was appointed as liquidator.

Managing Director Scott Wettenhall says the interstate linehaul business worth $12 million was taken by his former long-term employee in December.

The three-year contract made up half of Wettenhall’s business.

Wettenhall has managed to save his container services business and restructured the company, renaming it to Wettenhall Container Services and worth $12 million.

He has lost no customers within that division but has had to lay off 10 staff within the linehaul business.

The company’s reach-stacker forklift, which broke down in December, has also stripped the company of $1 million dollars, Wettenhall says.

However, it’s business as usual for the container side of business, he adds.

"We haven’t missed a day," Wettenhall says.

"We restructured and placed the company that was under litigation into liquidation.

"However, it has taken us by surprise. We’re just lucky that we were able to save our container business.

"It’s terrible the amount of heartache and grief we have gone through just because of someone trying to be greedy."

He says the container business is as strong as ever thanks to the five super B-doubles that were bought last year and that run between Dandenong and the Port of Melbourne.

"We continue to build on the strength of our container business; it’s a good business, the five super B-doubles have been great and investment will continue into Wettenhall Container Services."

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