Fagan & Whalley has acquired Welsh logistics business Alan R Jones & Sons, in a move the Lancashire firm described as a “valuable opportunity” for its expansion plans.

It said the acquisition of the Newport company bolsters its fleet by adding 39 HGVs, as well as 40,000 sq ft of warehousing and a distribution depot.

Fagan & Whalley added that there were no initial plans to make any changes to the services currently offered by both companies.

Sam Fagan, business strategy director at Fagan & Whalley, said: “We’re extremely proud to be welcoming the Alan R Jones team on board and to be acquiring the brand as part of the Fagan & Whalley family.

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“It’s a match that’s not only strategic, but one that makes sense. Alan R Jones & Sons is a business that, having been built up from an initially small operation just like ours was, holds similar core values and celebrates an excellent reputation in Wales and across the South West.

“This move to develop our network and operations comes as a vital part of our wider business plans to orchestrate continual growth and expand into new locations, particularly in the South,” he added.

“It has provided an opportunity for us to increase our customer base and streamline our operations to ultimately become more efficient in our work.”

Ray Clegg, former Alan R Jones MD, said it had become an obvious strategic move for it to look at new opportunities: “When we had a discussion with the team at Fagan & Whalley, it was immediately clear that they put their people at the core of what they do, with a reputation that’s second to none and I am truly delighted that Alan R Jones & Sons will now move forward into the future with new leadership and new opportunities to cement its status as a service-driven, people-led, award-winning organisation,” he said.