McColl’s celebrates 60 years with new Geelong headquarters

Geelong Mayor, John Mitchell, today opened the new Geelong headquarters of national transport company, McColl’s Transport. 

McColl’s Transport CEO, Simon Thornton, said the opening of the new building was the perfect way to mark the company’s 60th anniversary: “From humble beginnings with just one milk truck to a fleet of more than 500 vehicles, McColl’s Transport remains firmly committed to the company’s Geelong roots.”

95-year-old McColl’s Transport founder, Stuart McColl (pictured, with wife June), also joined the celebrations to mark the opening the new office. According to McColl, the first McColl’s office was a tin shed on Maud Street which became home to McColl’s for 15 years.

“Back then, I would do my paperwork sitting on an old milk can with a cushion on top, much to the annoyance of the mechanics who complained it rattled too much when I moved.” 

The company's current Barwon Terrace site was once one of the many dairy farms from which Stuart originally collected milk. One day, while collecting the milk, Stuart asked the owner, Mrs Hamilton, if she might consider selling some of her land to him to build an office. She agreed and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the site houses more than 60 staff and is McColl’s Transport’s national headquarters. Nation-wide, McColl’s Transport employs more than 450 people, with 11 depots across Australia’s eastern seaboard – including Geelong. 

“We’re extremely proud to be cementing our future in Geelong with the opening of this purpose built office,” McColl's CEO Thornton said today, pointing out that the company’s growth over the past 60 years had been remarkable and the future looked equally promising.

“The past financial year was an excellent one for McColl’s and we’ve made a significant investment in fleet and infrastructure as a platform for growth.”

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