CALGARY, Alta. — Trucknews.com has learned Bess Tank Lines has purchased High River, Alta.-based Cooney’s Farm Services.
Bess Tank Lines, a division of Quebec-based B&B Group, is a family-owned bulk carrier based in Calgary, providing services across Canada and the US. Ben Rouillard, executive vice-president of B&B Group/Bess Tank Lines, told Truck News the deal will allow the growing company to expand its chemical hauling business.
Cooney’s was founded in 1972 by Dayle Ann and Keith Coonfer. Keith has since passed away and Dayle Ann is now ready to retire. Their son, Doug Coonfer, will remain on as operations manager.
“This strategic acquisition is a perfect fit for Bess Tank Lines whose foundations are built on family values, safety and customer service,” Rouillard said. “I would like to welcome the professional staff of Cooney’s, including Doug Coonfer, who will remain the operations manager.”
Rouillard said Cooney’s was a good fit for Bess Tank Lines, because it’s a “well-managed and established family-owned chemical hauling business with a solid reputation.”
Rouillard also wished Dayle Ann well in her retirement. “Dayle Ann has been a pioneer in the Alberta tank business and a mentor for a lot of us in the industry,” he said.
Rouillard said Bess Tank Lines is looking to continue to grow and hinted further acquisitions could be in store.