Acquisition of S&S Distribution will strengthen Palletline network

Palletline has acquired S&S Distribution (inset: Graham Leitch)

Palletline has announced that it has acquired S&S Distribution, along with its warehousing activities.  Under the ownership of brothers, David and Ken Sanderson, the Kent-based haulage company has worked closely with the palletised distribution network for 20 years.

David and Ken will take an active role in ensuring a smooth transition, while Richard Ball will remain as Managing Director of S&S Distribution.  The acquisition will enable both organisations to build on the strength of an established family business to offer the best service to customers.

Palletline will retain the S&S company name and branding and work in collaboration with the existing management team, led by Richard, to develop and drive the regionally based haulage business forward.

Graham Leitch, Palletline’s managing director, said: “S&S Distribution is a business with a proud heritage and an enviable reputation both in Kent and throughout the UK.  Together with our subsidiary, Palletline London Ltd, we will be able to further strengthen our market position in delivering excellent service in London and the South East.

“We respect the heritage of S&S Distribution and we look forward to working closely with the business to ensure its fantastic standards of customer-driven services continue.”

The outgoing chairman of S&S Distribution, David Sanderson said: “Ken and I have been in the transport and warehousing business for many years and want to ensure that our customers and staff benefit from the continuity of working for a proactive partner that is innovative, supports companies, shares the very best industry practice and respects the independence of regionally specialist hauliers.”

Ken Sanderson added: “By combining the expertise of Palletline with the excellent S&S Distribution and warehousing teams, we genuinely feel like we’re leaving our family business in the safest possible hands so we’ll look forward to seeing the company flourish moving forward.”

Palletline is a nationwide, member-owned cooperative network with more than 6,000 vehicles, 12,000 staff and access to over five million square feet of warehousing space.  The network provides high quality, time sensitive collection and delivery services to a diverse range of customers, including retailers, home delivery firms, manufacturers and construction companies.