Ireland-based transporter, Dixon International Logistics, has acquired Monaghan-based Carna Transport Group to further strengthen its presence and ambition in temperature-controlled logistics in Ireland, Europe and the UK.
Within the agreement, Carna will continue to operate independently with all existing teams from its current locations in Monaghan and Armagh.
Following the sale to Dixon, Carna Transport Owner and Managing Director, Barry Hughes, will be stepping away from the company with his daughter.
“The acquisition of Carna Transport by Dixon International Logistics marks a significant new chapter in our memorable journey,” said Hughes.
“We’re incredibly proud of the business that we have created over the past 50 years as a solely owned Irish run operation. That success wouldn’t have been possible without our loyal and dedicated team, some of whom have been with me since day one, our hugely supportive clients and a great network of supply partners across our industry.
“Dixon’s interest in acquiring Carna is testament to what we have built and now creates a path for further growth of the Carna offering, strengthened by a market-leading new owner.
“I wish the team the very best for the future and I look forward to seeing the next exciting chapter of Carna Transport unfold.”
Dixon International Logistics Managing Director, Michael Dixon, was delighted to complete the acquisition.
“Throughout this process we have been hugely impressed with the operation that Barry and his team have built over the years and believe that Carna represents an excellent strategic fit for our business, complementing our market-leading transport and logistics service offering,” he said.
“As a long-standing successful Irish business, Carna has a great deal in common with Dixon and we look forward to working with all the Carna team to continue to grow the business and support our customers.
“Geographically, the location of Carna’s operation blends seamlessly into our own business, enhancing our customer service and allowing best-in-class practices to be shared with our existing Dixon operations in Dublin and Coventry.”
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