Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Ltd has acquired ARR Craib Transport Ltd, whose headquarters are in Aberdeen, with additional operations in Cumbernauld, Stockton and Great Yarmouth.
Like Gregory’s, Craib’s is a private family company with an exceptional reputation gained over nearly 50 years of trading. Initially the business was linked to the paper industry and thereafter developed as a major supplier to the Oil and Gas industries. Subsequently the business expanded to include running the Scottish hub for Palletline as well as being the largest pallet network operator in Scotland. Many of Scotland’s most famous brands, such as Baxters, Walkers and Brew Dog, are transported by Craib’s.
With £50+m of turnover, 275+ vehicles and 400+ staff Craib’s is a very significant addition to Gregory Distribution and its Scottish J.V., Hayton Coulthard Ltd. The Gregory group have numerous operations throughout the UK. This acquisition will add significantly to its Scottish operations giving the group a strong market presence in both Scotland and South West England.
John Gregory said: “We are very pleased that Eddie Anderson will be staying on as Chief Executive of Craib’s which will remain as an independent company. Our companies are culturally aligned and share the same principles. This coupled with Eddie’s relationship with his customers, his vast knowledge and experience and his enthusiasm for our industry make this a perfect addition to our ever developing group.”
Eddie Anderson said: “As two private, like minded, companies operating in similar sectors it seemed an excellent opportunity for Craib’s to become part of a larger organisation. We feel very comfortable with the arrangement and look forward to Craib’s prospering beside Gregory’s.”