Local firm signs deal with mining giants

Hazelmere firm Centurion has inked a 10-year deal with Rio Tinto.
Hazelmere firm Centurion has inked a 10-year deal with Rio Tinto.

General manager Mark Doig said the company had signed a large contract with mining giant Rio Tinto this week, to deliver transport and logistics services across WA for up to 10 years, covering all Rio Tinto’s iron ore and salt operations.

A week earlier, it signed a five-year deal with oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum to meet its logistics requirements in Perth, Dampier, Broome and Darwin.

Mr Doig said the agreements meant Centurion would need to expand operations at its head office on Yagine Close.

‘Our operations are growing to accommodate the ongoing relationships and work is underway to expand our Hazelmere facility to incorporate a new 30,000sq m warehouse, creating a 150,000sq m logistics hub,’ Mr Doig said.

The company is also building a 103,000sq m supply base in Gap Ridge, near Dampier, to complement its Karratha operations and regional network of branches throughout the state.

Michael Gollschewski, Rio Tinto’s managing director, Pilbara Mines, said the mining giant was happy to be expanding its relationship with a ‘home-grown, local success story.’

Centurion was founded in 1971 by brothers Frank and Carl Cardaci. After starting out with just one truck, Centurion now operates more than 780 vehicles and other specialised pieces of equipment, and has the most extensive network across the state, with eight regional branches.

Mr Doig said the new contracts represented the next phase in developing the business.