THE familiar orange and yellow Kalari trucks will soon be missing from local roads, with the company set to leave the south-west region after nearly 40 years of service.
Ryans Transport, based in Warrnambool, will officially take the reins of Kalari’s south-west operations next week, but has assured The Spectator that no staff will lose their jobs.
Kalari started its operations in Portland, in 1976 and expanded its fleet through the 1970s and 80s.
More recently, the company has focused on the mining and resources sector and trialled high productivity freight vehicles for Iluka Resources.
Spokeswoman Emmy McKenzie confirmed that the company was negotiating sales with another party, but would not comment on details at this stage.
Ms McKenzie said Kalari was a growing company but was “adjusting”.
“The reason is to transition our general freight out of Hamilton,” she said.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 26, 2013