Culina Group has entered into what it has described as a joint-venture with Northern Irish haulage firm Morgan McLernon.
Although the terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, Culina said in a statement that “the joint venture is a logical next step for both companies”.
“Due to the strong partnership between Morgan McLernon and Culina Group business CML Fulfilment & Logistics, it made great sense for Culina Group to bring Morgan McLernon into the family,” it said.
CML Fulfilment & Logistics is based at 10 Brockton Business Park, Halesfield, Telford.
Morgan McLernon Telford was granted a standard international licence at the same Brockton location in March to run 20 vehicles and 190 trailers, according to the DVSA. It is also authorized for up to 80 vehicles and 10 trailers at nearby Harcourt Business Park, Halesfield, Telford.
Operating since 1970, Morgan McLernon works with retailers including M&S, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda and has its headquarters in Lurgan, County Armagh.
“Morgan McLernon and CML have been working well together now for several years and it was the logical next step for both businesses,” said Thomas van Mourik, chief executive of Culina Group.
“This joint venture is a positive development for both businesses. It’s an excellent fit that will provide opportunities for both staff and clients on both sides of the Irish Sea.
“This move significantly expands the geographical reach of our network. It will enable both organisations to improve services even further. We are acquiring some excellent contracts, a superb facility at Lurgan and a brilliant team of people.”
Michael McLernon, CEO of Morgan McLernon, said: “The Morgan McLernon board believes this move makes strong commercial sense.
“The combining of our two businesses will create major opportunities for growing our market share on both sides of the Irish Sea.”