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AHG Refrigerated Logistics invests in new Mackay depot

  • Posted on Thursday 24th, October 2019.

Automotive Holdings Group Refrigerated Logistics (AHGRL) will open a new depot in Mackay, strengthening its Far North Queensland network ahead of the busiest period of the year.

The new facility will feature frozen, chilled and ambient storage capability across two rooms and four temperature controlled docks with capacity for 1,600 pallets. The depot represents a significant upgrade on AHGRL’s existing Mackay operations and offers customers greater flexibility in their supply chain by enabling more efficient movement of bulk product closer to their end consumers.

The new depot will employ 20 people and serve the broader Mackay region including the Bowen basin and Whitsunday Islands, complementing AHGRL’s existing Far North Queensland operations in Cairns, Tully, Innisfail, Mareeba and Townsville.

AHGRL CEO, Stephen Cleary, said the new Mackay depot would be operational by the end of November in time for the lead up to the busy pre-Christmas period.

“Our new facility in Mackay will give us 24 depots, cross docks and cold stores each linked by our extensive road and rail fleet that together forms Australia’s only truly national temperature controlled network,” said Cleary.

“We’ve already seen volumes start to increase across our operations, and with temperatures increasing our network positions us uniquely to provide customers with cold solutions that maintain temperature and product integrity all around Australia, underpinning our ability to grow the services we provide to our key customers.”

Cleary said the investment in Mackay was a prime example of the business continuing to invest in its network to better support our customers and drive future growth.

“Even with the AHGRL sale process well advanced, our new owners AP Eagers have continued to support the business with further investment,” he said.

“In recent months we have also invested more than $10 million to acquire additional fleet assets including new prime movers, fridge vans and rigid vehicles, while also investing in the upgrade of our network as we’re doing in Mackay.

“Our sales team has recently generated in excess of $10m in new road transport sales revenue. Rail services to WA have also been extended with one of our oldest customers and a national three year renewal with our largest non-protein customer further expands our provision of warehousing and linehaul across retail and industrial distribution channels throughout their larger group.”

In other news, AHGRL reports that its 15-year partnership with Real Pet Food Company is set to continue.

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