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COMPETITION WATCH: Vitran set to buy Milan Express' LTL biz

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TORONTO, Ont. -- Vitran Corporation has announced plans to acquire Milan Express' LTL business. Milan's regional LTL business operates 34 facilities in central and southeastern US and generated revenues of $70 million in 2010. Upon closing, Vitran expects this transaction to be immediately accretive to its earnings.

"The acquisition of the Milan Express LTL operation is another critical component in Vitran's strategy of establishing a unique regional LTL network that serves the entire North American market," said Rick Gaetz, Vitran's president and CEO. "The LTL operations of Milan Express are well run with a strong presence and reputation in their market. This transaction will provide added density in the five central states we already cover and expands a quality service offering to the five new states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. We look forward to working with our new employees and providing a new expanded quality service offering to the customers of Milan and Vitran."

Milan Express' LTL operation was operated by its founder Tommy Ross and his son John.

"Since 1969, our family has been involved in regional LTL freight transportation," said Tommy Ross. "We were committed to providing customers with the most steady and reliable service in our market. The decision was not easy for us. We considered many options, but we believe this transaction with Vitran is the right opportunity. We are very pleased with the new Vitran relationship as it not only offers stability to the majority of our employees, but I feel it gives both our employees and our customers a platform to grow in the months ahead."

The transaction is expected to close on Feb. 19.

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