Devon based Gregory Distribution has purchased Philson Haulage, which is based in Chichester.
Philson has been running for 17 years, and now has a turnover of around £7 million and employs 56 people at its base in Chichester.
After the acquisition, Gregory estimates its turnover will be about £125 million, employing some 1,300 staff across 18 operating locations in England and Scotland.
“Acquiring Philson has allowed Gregory Distribution to expand its current operations on the South Coast of England. Philson’s transport activities complement existing Gregory temperature controlled work and therefore both operations should benefit. We are delighted that Phil Dickinson will continue to run the business,” said chief executive John Gregory.
Phil Dickinson, co-owner of Philson, said: “The opportunity to become part of a larger family-owned business will provide the resources and support that are necessary for us to continue to develop the business in a dynamic and service-driven marketplace. This is good news for our staff and customers.”