Centurion Transport has expanded its WA footprint through the acquisition of refrigerated transport business, Express Group, which operates South West Express and Great Southern Express.
The entire business will be transitioned to become part of Centurion’s WA operations, maintaining Express Group’s focus on fresh food and refrigerated transport services to supermarkets and other primary produce from the state’s south west regional areas.
Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci says the acquisition is part of Centurion’s broader strategy to expand the company’s operational focus as it continues to provide logistics solutions to resource-rich regions of Australia.
“The Express Group is a great company, and its focus on transporting frozen and chilled goods, dairy, fresh meats and other perishable goods means it services some of WA’s most successful supermarket chains and leading producers,” Cardaci said.
“Mark and Andrea Mazza and their team have built a company that’s in great shape that at the forefront of innovation, which is where Centurion likes to be.”
Centurion says it will welcome South West Express and Great Southern Express into its operations and then let the businesses get on with what they do best.
“We’ve worked for them before and vice versa, so we know what they can do, that’s what attracted Express Group to Centurion,” Cardaci said.
“I’m also delighted that all Express Group employees will transition to Centurion in what I expect will be a seamless process. It is a terrific team and I welcome them wholeheartedly to Centurion.”
Express Group was started by CEO Mark Mazza and his wife Andrea in 1995. “I know what it takes to nurture and grow a business from the ground-up and I have every confidence that Express Group with the Cardaci family is in the hands of people who are committed long term to this industry and the people who work in it,” Mazza said.
“I can see that Express Group is a perfect fit with Centurion and I look forward to the refrigerated and fresh food service we established 27 years ago continuing to thrive under the guidance of Justin and his team.”
Mazza also paid tribute to the company’s 100 employees. “I’ve had the honour of working with some of the best in the South West, whose dedication to our customers and their drive to deliver best-in-class service every day, whether they’re behind the wheel or behind a keyboard, has made Express Group a business worthy of Centurion’s attention,” he said.
Cardaci added that the Perth to Bunbury route would be an ideal testing ground for Centurion’s move towards alternative fuels and battery technology before deploying them to the company’s northern transport routes.
“Centurion is beginning its carbon reduction journey and we want to be at the forefront of our industry demonstrating that road transport has a significant contribution to make to a low or no-carbon future.”
The commercial terms of the acquisition have not been made public.