Gregory Distribution has purchased Glasgow and Inverness transport firm Highland Haulage, extending its reach in the UK.

The deal went through on 1 December and was achieved through Gregory’s Scottish subsidiary ARR Craib, which it bought last year.

Angela Butler, Gregory MD, said: “Highland Haulage has been a stalwart of the Scottish transport industry for more than 25 years and the opportunity to extend Craib’s coverage throughout Scotland was compelling.

“Highland Haulage’s reputation for offering a high quality service covering the far reaches of the UK complements both Craib and Gregory and we are delighted by this new addition.”

Gregory said the purchase hived off Highland Haulage, which is a Palletline member, from the remainder of the Inverness-based group Scotlog Sales.

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Stuart Catto, director at Scotlog Sales said: “Highland Haulage was an integral part of our group for more than 25 years but the time has come for us to focus our resources into other areas of our group and therefore we have sold Highland Haulage to ARR Craib, and we are delighted that the business has moved to another company with similar ‘family company’ values.”

Palletline Group MD Graham Leitch said the acquisition secured “the integrity of the network in these difficult trading areas” and added: “Highland Haulage and ARR Craib are two of the most respected family-owned transport businesses in Scotland and their combined strength will ensure these values continue and are aligned to those of Palletline for the longer term.”