McDowall Freight becomes part of Mainstream

03:38, May 19 2014

Freight company Mainstream has acquired Southland-based business McDowall Freight.

Family-operated F W McDowall Ltd comprised two business - McDowall Freight and McDowall Transport.

It has been operating since 1953 and will retain its rural transport business based in Winton, Dipton, Browns and Ashburton.

Mainstream managing director Greg Haliday said McDowall Freight perfectly married with his business.

Mainstream provided a nationwide network based in the North Island and McDowall Freight was a nationwide express freight operator based in South Island.

Between the companies they had about 15 branches throughout the country but they only had three in common. Almost all staff at McDowall Freight would retain their jobs.


McDowall Freight was a well established Southland business, with a rich history and strong brand, he said. This was part of the attraction to buy the business, which he would build on.

"Our business will now have a strong national network."

New technology and equipment would soon be rolled out, he said.

Haliday would not say how much he paid for what would be known as McDowall Mainstream for the time being.

Gordon McDowall, of McDowall Freight, said he was happy with the sale and did not want to make any further comment.

The Southland Times