Northern Ireland TST Group has purchased West Bromwich automotive parts distributor Warley Carriers.

The family-owned firm specialises in transporting automotive and retail goods between the UK and Ireland and is a member of Pallet Track.

County Antrim-based TST Group said the purchase of Warley Carriers will allow it to strengthen its position in the market for express, full load transportation between mainland UK and Ireland and allow it to add express overnight groupage shipments to its offering.

The company added that the group’s location in County Antrim and the proximity of Warley Carriers to both the M5 and M6 motorways gives TST Group two strong, central locations on both sides of the Irish Sea.

TST Group, which is also a family-owned firm, provides end-to-end supply chain management, including haulage, logistics and warehousing, catering for the food, FMCG and beverage sectors. The acquisition creates a total fleet to more than 100 vehicles and boosts staff numbers to around 250.

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TST Group founder Liam Reid, said: “Our relationship with Warley Carriers goes back more than 25 years so we know what an excellent business it is.

“We know the values and culture that a family led business brings, being family owned and run ourselves, and the fact that Warley has been successfully operating for almost 50 years is a big appeal for us.”

Director Maire Claire Reid added: “This acquisition is a win-win for TST and our customers. As well as allowing us to offer an even broader range of services to both our clients and Warleys’, we hope it will also bring greater efficiencies.We could not be more pleased to be bringing the Warley team, facilities and assets under the TST umbrella.”

Gerry Kibble from Warley Carriers, said: “We are delighted to be joining the TST Group and look forward to the new opportunities that it will bring. We would like to extend our thanks to all of our staff and customers for their support and loyalty over the last 50 years as we look ahead to the future alongside our new colleagues in Ballymena.”