Kelly European Freight was established in 1997 by brothers Adrian and Patrick Kelly. Their thriving flower business needed a reliable method of transportation from their depot in Holland to their warehouse in Ireland. Having been frustrated by the unreliability of local transport companies they decided that the only way to get it right was to do it themselves.
In the beginning the company only had one unit, one trailer and three members of staff dedicated to the transport business. In striving to provide that reliable service that they required, they found that other businesses also wanted their goods transported using a company with a fine attention to detail and the ability to get it there when they needed it. From this they have grown steadily and now have a fleet of twenty one units, thirty trailers, twelve rigid lorries and vans and forty staff. The fleet is made up of a mixture of fully maintained Scania, DAF and Volvo tractor units with twenty nine fridge trailers and one curtain-side trailer with plans to extend this fleet in the coming years.
With an ever increasing demand the company decided that along with its sister company they would move to a purpose built 50,000 square foot premises at Knockmore Hill Industrial Park in Lisburn. The facilities there give them up to the minute loading and unloading with short term storage facilities. The company specialises in refrigerated transport with dual temperature control trailers allowing a combination of chilled, frozen or ambient goods to be transported on the same trailer.
The management team has a very hands on approach; whether its logistical planning, talking to customers, brushing out a trailer or helping to change a tyre. Ensuring that the wheels are always turning is part of everyone’s job.
To keep their vehicles on the road twenty four hours a day seven days a week, Kelly European Freight has also established an on-site workshop to keep the back-bone of their business in first class condition.