By Dan Walsh
A company of international repute and founded 60 years ago, Nolan Transport, originally from New Ross, officially opened a new 35-acre, €12 million Global Logistics Park at Drinagh on the Rosslare Road, south of Wexford town, creating 30 new jobs in the process, today (Wednesday).
The world has seen unprecedented demand for warehousing facilities caused by changes in customer needs and disruption in the supply chain stemming from Brexit and Covid. Recognising these disruptions and changes, Nolan Transport is putting itself and Wexford forward as a global leader for transportation and logistics services to its customers both locally and internationally.
Nolan Transport, founded by Jimmy and his wife Joan (christened Johanna) in 1963, celebrates 60 years in business this year. Starting in 1963 with a single truck and only the two of them working the business, today it has grown to provide the supply chain services of Transportation, Warehousing, Customs and Systems to its customers.
The company prides itself on being one of Co. Wexford’s leading employers with over 1,000 people and operating over 2,000 trailers and 700 trucks of owner asset-based fleet.
With its main hub already operating out of New Ross, today the Nolan family opened the “Johanna 1 Building” named in honour of their dear mother Joan who sadly passed away suddenly on December 16th,2022. It has been specifically designed to facilitate its customer’s needs and is already in high demand with its global customers seeking out high-end warehousing requirements.
The new €12 million 150,000 cubic metres high-bay warehouse facility is the first of five planned warehouses in the company’s €50 million vision for the park over the next few years.
In addition to its two Co. Wexford locations, the company operates offices internationally in the UK, France and Spain, and is about to open its new office in Holland with further expansion plans into other European locations planned over the next five years.
Noel Nolan, Director of the Warehousing Division, said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts with a number of international brands already. We are ideally positioned to unlock opportunities to deliver high-quality and sustainable warehousing solutions, deliver more jobs and deliver more economic benefits for Wexford and the wider region all the while, working even more closely with Rosslare Europort with its new direct to Europe and its UK ferry operators.”
Many tributes have been lauded on the company. Deputy Verona Murphy described the Nolan’s as “long-life neighbours and long-life friends, and an entire family who have worked extremely hard for decades to bring their business to the top of the haulage and logistics industry in Ireland and beyond.”
Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council said it was “a real honour to be in attendance today at the official opening of Nolan Transport A truly remarkable facility created by a remarkable family.”
The development was also praised by the Chief Executive Officer of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, who spoke from the podium during today’s impressive opening ceremony that brought welcome news of excellent business and future employment prospects to Co. Wexford.