Collins Transport unveils depot expansion


Facility and workforce to grow as Adelaide transporter purchases neighbouring government land

Collins Transport unveils depot expansion
Collins Transport (Collins Adelaide) to boost depot with land purchase.

 

South Australian produce trucking company Collins Transport has expanded its operation with the purchase of two hectares of government land adjacent to its facility in Wingfield.

Specialising in the transportation and storage of refrigerated and frozen produce, Collins says the move will help it better service its range of customers.

"This is a 24-7 business and this land gives us the space to meet the growing needs of South Australia’s fresh food and general industry by investing in our fleet, facilities and workforce," Collins Transport service director Neil Collins says.

"Over the next 12 or so months, we are looking to increase our workforce by 30 to 60 people, to invest significantly in expanding our Wingfield depot."

An aspect that has gained praise from SA urban development minister Stephen Mullighan.

"The business employs 320 people nationally and is expected to increase its workforce by up to 20 per cent in the next 12 months with the Wingfield expansion," Mullighan says.

"It’s great to see a family-owned South Australian business doing so well, particularly in the fresh and frozen food distribution category."

The expansion will take grow the company’s operation by close to 40 per cent out to seven hectares, and boost the local economy, the minister says.

"South Australia is a leading supplier of fresh produce into major retail stores and produce markets across the nation, and Collins Transport’s decision to expand is a real vote of confidence in our state," he says.

"This means it will be able to supply more South Australian produce to other states, so the benefits for our state are far-reaching."

The far-reach is national, Neil Collins says, as on "any given day our fleet is carrying fresh and frozen foods from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and beyond, as well as a local distribution fleet."

"It requires a lot of space to run such an operation," he says.

"The fresh food industry keeps growing so it is important that we are able to expand to meet that demand."

Also known as Collins Adelaide, the company chalked up its 50th anniversary in 2015 and moved into its current location in 2009.

The company has also been kind enough to host ATN’s Matt Wood for a Kenworth K200 review in 2013.

Collins purchased the land after a public expression of interest process by Renewal SA. 

 

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