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Haulage firms combine after asset sale


Deal delivered: hauliers have combined operations

Two haulage firms are combining in a deal that will retain most of the workers at both companies.

Haulage and logistics firm ARR Craib Transport has acquired the trading assets and trade of Aberdeen-based McCaul Haulage.

The agreement has been concluded following the decision of founding owner Tim McCaul to retire from the business.

The majority of the staff will move to Dyce-based ARR Craib, which already employs 430 across its four locations nationwide. There have been no redundancies as a result of the deal. ARR Craib has also bought McCaul’s fleet of heavy goods vehicles.

McCaul Haulage has been serving clients in a wide range of different sectors since its launch in the early 1970s, working across the UK and Europe.

Eddie Anderson, chief executive of ARR Craib, said the deal offered an opportunity to carry on the legacy of a company which has been a driving force for the haulage industry in the north east of Scotland.

He added: “When we learned that Mr McCaul planned to retire from the business, we recognised it as an exceptional opportunity to provide continuity for the staff and customers.

“Both ARR Craib and McCaul Haulage have operated in similar sectors and have been a part of the region’s haulage industry for many years. This will enable us to ensure a seamless transition of staff, assets and contracts.”

ARR Craib was launched in 1983 following the merger of Aberdeen Road Runners and sole trader George Craib. The company is now the largest of its kind in the area, with a fleet of over 300 vehicles and trailers operating from bases and distribution hubs in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Stockton on Tees and Great Yarmouth.

The energy sector represents one of ARR Craib’s biggest markets, but it also has an extensive network of customers in the fast-moving consumer goods and construction industries.

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