European logistics provider Groupe Charles Andre (GCA) has acquired a 75% stake in Simon Gibson Transport.
Founded 16 years ago by Simon Gibson with a single truck, the East Yorkshire headquartered company operates from 9 centres throughout the UK and is a specialist in bulk powder transport, handling and storage of food and non food products. With a fleet of 94 vehicles, it delivers more than 2,000,000 tons per annum throughout Europe.
The firm employs 138 staff and two years ago it extended its Goole headquarters with the acquisition of an adjacent site enabling it to expand its operation with the addition of a 35,000sq ft warehouse, and a new purpose built office block to include driver training facilities.
GCA is a family business that has grown into one of Europe’s leading logistics providers. Based in Montelimar, France, it was founded in 1932 and operates in 15 countries. GCA has over 4,500 drivers and has expertise in the fields of chemical products, hydrocarbons, construction and dry-bulk products.
Simon Gibson Will retain a 25% equity in the business he has created and continue in his role as Managing Director. The Business name and identity will remain as Simon Gibson Transport Ltd.
‘’Following the recession, we diversified our business, widening our customer base from the construction industry to target a number of other sectors and consequently we’ve seen significant growth over the last eight years.
Joining forces with a major European operator like GCA will enable us to build on this success and take the business to a new level. Simon Gibson Transport and GCA are two absolutely complementary businesses, two strong organisations with great reputations, two like-minded companies with similar cultures. This is an excellent fit which is going to be fantastic for staff and for customers
While the business is in a very strong position, we will now enjoy the backing of a major European player to enable us to offer a wider variety of services to existing and potential new customers. We are still hungry to expand and continue to grow the business further, and becoming part of a large group gives the business the financial muscle we need to do this and take advantage of market opportunities’’