Wettenhalls Acquires Allied Transport Services

Wettenhalls Acquires Allied Transport Services

Today we have much pleasure in announcing that Wettenhalls has purchased Allied Transport Services, a Geelong-based transport company specialising in machinery, over-dimensional and heavy haulage services.

The new line of business, to be named Wettenhalls Heavy Haulage and Specialised Services, will play a key role in the development of Australian infrastructure. This expansion means that will now employ around 400 people and will be a significant contributor to the local economy.

Wettenhalls, which started as Amezdroz and Menzies in Colac in 1925, has a significant footprint spanning the food transport, specialist bulk, container, third-party logistics and construction sectors.

With operations in Geelong, and an operating reach that extends from Warrnambool up the east coast to Townsville, Wettenhalls is looking to expand its offering in the booming Victorian construction market.

There will be no job losses as a result of the acquisition and Wettenhalls is committed to retaining its outstanding record on safety and customer service.

Mike Lean, Wettenhalls CEO, said the acquisition brings together two successful businesses in a powerful and strategic alliance.

“Wettenhalls has been building its exposure to the construction sector since 2014 and we’ve been looking for opportunities to expand our service offerings in the broader infrastructure market,” Mr. Lean said. “In Allied Transport Services we found an extremely well-run and professional transport company whose service profile neatly aligned with where we were looking to grow. Together we will be able to build our offering to support Victoria and the nation’s future growth.”

Allied Managing Director Angelo Lociuro said the acquisition by Wettenhalls will allow him to offer Allied customers a broader range of services and give him the backing to grow the specialist heavy haulage and over-dimensional services.

Mr. Lociuro and his wife Leah built the Allied business from scratch. Starting with a panel-beating business, they got into towing before specialising in large machinery and heavy haulage.

Allied has become a critical part of the infrastructure-development landscape in Australia, providing transport for customers in construction, manufacturing, road, civil, mining, shipping, farming, engineering, crane relocation as well as hire and access equipment. As a specialist in machinery, heavy haulage transportation and infrastructure project work, Allied transports loads up to 150 tonne for customers in Geelong, Melbourne, regional Victoria and across Australia.

Allied will bring to Wettenhalls a multitude of new services, utilising a fleet of tilt trays including super-tilt, crane trucks, low loaders, pilot vehicles, steerable extendables, platform and ultra-low vessel trailers.

Wettenhalls Heavy Haulage and Specialist Services will offer customers end-to-end transport solutions including project management, route surveys, engineering design, feasibility studies and all permit approvals.

Wettenhalls has been expanding in the construction and infrastructure space for some time, delivering critical components for high-profile developments, such as the Westgate Tunnel project, the Murray Basin project, the CityLink-Tulla widening project and the GMHBA Stadium redevelopment.

With a history stretching back 94 years, Wettenhalls remains a strong, family-owned business that has changed rapidly to take advantage of market opportunities like those in the infrastructure sector.

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