Irish temperature-controlled transport business Dixon International Logistics has agreed to acquire Monaghan-based Carna Transport.
Dixon says the acquisition further strengthens its presence in Ireland and advances its ambition to be the leading temperature-controlled logistics partner connecting Ireland, the EU and the UK
Carna Transport was established in 1973 by founder and owner Barry Hughes and operates offices in both Monaghan and Armagh.
The business specialises in the movement of goods to and from Ireland, the UK and across Europe. Through continuous investment in people and technology, Carna Transport is the award-winning carrier of choice for some of the world’s leading blue-chip manufacturers.
Carna represents the first acquisition by Dixon since erisbeg, an Irish growth capital investor, invested in Dixon in December 2021. The Carna business will continue to operate independently with all the existing team from its current locations in Monaghan and Armagh.
Barry and his daughter, Bronagh Hughes will be stepping away from Carna following the sale to Dixon.
“We’re incredibly proud of the business that we have created over the past 50 years as a solely owned Irish run operation,” Barry Hughes said.
“Dixon’s interest in acquiring Carna is testament to what we have built and now creates a path for further growth of the Carna offering, strengthened by a market-leading new owner.
“I wish the team the very best for the future and I look forward to seeing the next exciting chapter of Carna Transport unfold.”
Michael Dixon, managing director of Dixon International Logistics expressed his delight with the completed acquisition: “Throughout this process we have been hugely impressed with the operation that Barry and his team have built over the years and believe that Carna represents an excellent strategic fit for our business, complementing our market-leading transport and logistics service offering.
“As a long-standing successful Irish business, Carna has a great deal in common with Dixon and we look forward to working with all the Carna team to continue to grow the business and support our customers.”