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Competition Watch (March 01, 2010)

Rtl-Westcan Group of Companies has acquired the business and transportation assets of Calgary-based ECL Transportation Ltd. ECL has more than 60 years experience delivering bulk commodities and freight throughout North America. Jim Davis,...

Rtl-Westcan Group of Companies has acquired the business and transportation assets of Calgary-based ECL Transportation Ltd. ECL has more than 60 years experience delivering bulk commodities and freight throughout North America. Jim Davis, president and CEO of ECL Transportation, will serve as president, while Tom Kenny will continue as CEO of RTL-Westcan. Davis joined ECL in 1998 as chief financial officer and held that role until his appointment as president in September 2003. He moved to the position of president and CEO in January 2004. “RTL-Westcan and ECL are two premier companies in our industry. Our joining of forces brings together two very complementary organizations as ECL’s service and geographic offering augments RTL-Westcan’s current line of products,” Kenny said. “We are looking forward to combining the best of both companies to achieve a ‘best in class’ level of quality, value and service that is unmatched by our competitors.”

Contrans Group has acquired certain assets and business of Truboy Freight International, an Ontario-based flatbed transportation business. Contrans plans to blend Truboy into an existing operation – Laidlaw Carriers Flatbed LP – that currently operates from offices in Hagersville, Ont. “Adding Truboy to our existing flatbed operations in Ontario offers the existing Truboy customers a great platform for growth and expanded service capacity; and for the existing Laidlaw operation, this acquisition will extend our reach to a new customer base. This should prove valuable to all parties,” said Stan Dunford, CEO of Contrans.

Meyers Transportation Services Group (MTS) owners Evan and Larry Meyers have announced they are passing the torch to their daughters Jacquie and Natalie. After 37 years of running Meyers Transport, Mortrans and Mosaic Logistics, Evan and Larry have decided the time is right for daughters to take over, the company said in a release. Jacquie Meyers is the daughter of Evan. She’ll assume the role of president of the MTS Group of Companies. Larry’s daughter Natalie Meyers will be serving as chairperson. The company says Jacquie will be focused on growth, sustainability and logistics. She has worked in the industry for more than eight years, focusing on pricing, operations and sales. She has also managed Mosaic Logistics for the past two years, the company says. Chairperson Natalie Meyers will focus on operations, safety, administration and finance. She joined the company in 1995 and most recently served as vice-president of eastern operations. Meyers Transport was founded in 1927 and has been family-run ever since.

Truckload food hauler G. Edwards Enterprises has been acquired by Day & Ross Transportation Group, the companies have announced. “With the addition of Edwards we are able to make a number of enhancements across our group of businesses. We gain a modern terminal in Saskatoon which opens up new lanes in western Canada for our truckload network and we gain capacity to grow our LTL, small package and dedicated businesses,” says John Doucet, president and CEO of Day & Ross. Jeff Edwards will remain with the company, joining the Day & Ross management team, the company claims. G. Edwards Enterprises was founded in 1977 by Garry Edwards. Today, it primarily hauls produce, meat and other fresh and frozen food items. Day & Ross says it will integrate its newest acquisition with its Fastrax division, uniting the capacity of both businesses for future growth.

TST Overland Express has expanded its Mississauga terminal to improve cross-dock operations. The upgraded facility features 114 doors (20 more than before) and higher ceilings, providing the carrier with greater flexibility in serving its customers, TST Overland Express has announced. TST’s primary cross-dock serves as the carrier’s hub for most long-haul linehauls between eastern Canada and the US or Western Canada. “We made the decision to move forward with the investment in this expansion to ensure that we are ready for the increased business generated by the rebound in the economy,” said Rob O’Reilly, president of TST Overland Express. “We have commitments to our current customers plus goals to continue our growth path. This facility is key to our success in both areas.”


Transportation Media was provided incorrect equipment counts for the Yanke Group’s listing in our annual Carrier Capacity Guide. The fleet should be listed as having 15 straight trucks, 352 tractors, 702 trailers and 412 containers.

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