Manitoulin buys Westcan’s LTL, van divisions

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Manitoulin Transport has announced its purchase of Westcan Group’s van freight and less-than-truckload (LTL) divisions.

Westcan last year sold its bulk division to US-based Kenan Advantage Group. Purchasing its van and LTL assets provides Manitoulin with broader coverage of the Western Caandian market, including the Northwest Territorires.

“We continue to expand in Canada’s west due to its buoyant economy and our desire to round out our offerings in the region for the convenience of our customers,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport. “This acquisition enables Manitoulin to provide customers needing LTL, flatdeck and temperature-controlled services with greater choice through increased trip frequency to the north.”

“We made a strategic business decision to focus on our bulk transportation and construction business moving forward,” said Grant Mitchell, president and CEO of RTL-Westcan Bulk. “We are delighted with this agreement, believing our loyal LTL customers are in good hands, given Manitoulin’s reputation and the breadth of local, national and global service they are able to provide.”

“Manitoulin and Westcan Bulk Transport share a similar heritage of modest beginnings in the 1960s and steady growth,” added Gord Smith, CEO, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “We also share the same corporate values of exemplary service, environmental stewardship, a commitment to safety, and the desire to be a true customer partner – ensuring a seamless transition for Westcan Freight Systems LTL customers.”

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