Centurion goes national with McAleese division purchase

By: Rob McKay


WA-focused firm snaps up heavy haulage assets and premises and takes on Keith Price

Centurion goes national with McAleese division purchase
Justin Cardaci has taken the opportunity to expand.

 

Burgeoning Western Australian trucking and logistics firm Centurion has bought McAleese’s heavy-haulage business and become a national operator in the process, the company has announced.

Centurion has appointed former McAleese part-owner Keith Price to be in charge of this expanded business, which means it now has a presence and assets in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

"The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, will complement Centurion’s existing heavy haulage business and make it the largest heavy haulage service provider in Australia," it says.

Through the transaction the Perth-based company has also entered into an agreement on premises giving it a foothold in the heavy haulage market across four states – Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Centurion intends for it to be fully operational by January.

Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci believes the purchase of the McAleese fleet was "strategically sound, aligned with the company’s strength in the resources sector and provided Centurion with a unique opportunity to expand".

"As a well-established and trusted Western Australian company, with more than 45 years’ experience in the transport and logistics arena, including heavy haulage, we have the capability to run a successful national business," Cardaci continues.

"Centurion is a financially strong and stable business that understands the industry.

"This asset purchase will give us the platform to access new markets and grow our business nationally."

Centurion wants to continue servicing existing and previous McAleese customers under the Centurion banner, targeting industries nationally that depend on the reliable and safe movement of large equipment, including mining, energy, infrastructure and construction.

"McAleese heavy haulage was once a highly successful business in its own right and we believe once we have transitioned these assets to Centurion there is plenty of scope to re-establish this success.

"We have appointed former McAleese part owner Keith Price, who successfully ran the business until it listed, to be in charge of Centurion’s heavy haulage operation.

"This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to capitalising on our new status as the largest heavy haulage provider in Australia, providing flexible and reliable solutions for all our customers."

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