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CompetitionWatch (March 01, 2008)

BISON TRANSPORT of Winnipeg, Man.,was a winner at the Truckload Carriers Association's (TCA) annual convention, having been named the grand prize winner of the highly coveted 33rd Annual National Flee...


BISON TRANSPORT of Winnipeg, Man.,was a winner at the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) annual convention, having been named the grand prize winner of the highly coveted 33rd Annual National Fleet Safety Award in the category of truckload companies with a total annual mileage of more than 25 million miles. This marks the third straight year Bison has captured the grand prize. Three other Canadian carriers placed in either first or second place in their divisions for the awards competition. MACKINNON TRANSPORT topped the 25 to 49.99 million miles, with ERB INTERNATIONAL of New Hamburg, Ont. placing a close second. In the 50 to 99.99 million miles category GROUPE ROBERT of Rougemont, Que. bested CARTER EXPRESS of Anderson, Ind. and KOCH COMPANIES of Minneapolis, Minn. to claim top spot.

TRANSX was among the new transportation companies listed on the top 50 for Canada’s Best Managed Companies winners for 2007. In addition to the top 50, Platinum Club status is given in recognition of those outstanding companies who have sustained a standard of excellence and leadership in all areas of their business practices, and have qualified in the award program for at least six consecutive years. Platinum Club Members in the transportation sector include: BISON TRANSPORT, CHALLENGER MOTOR FREIGHT, CONSOLIDATED FASTFRATE, KRISKA HOLDINGS, MSM TRANSPORTATION, QUIK X TRANSPORTATION, WHEELS GROUP, and YANKE GROUP OF COMPANIES. In addition to the 52 Platinum Club members, 84 leading Canadian companies requalified in 2007 for the Best Managed designation by successfully meeting stringent operational and financial review requirements. Requalified members from the transportation industry for 2007 include:ARMOUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, DAY & ROSS, H & RTRANSPORT, MACKINNONTRANSPORT, and M-O FREIGHTWORKS.

XTL GROUP OF COMPANIES has appointed Frank Diliberto as vice-president of its XTL Distribution Inc. Division (XDI). Diliberto has been XTL Transport’s Quebec sales vice-president since 1996, and has accomplished many notable achievements in business development as well as logistics, customer service and warehouse activities in Montreal, Que. and Toronto, Ont., according to XTL. XTL has also announced the appointment of Alain Quesnel as business development executive based out of Vaudreuil, Que. He comes to XTL with 14 years of sales and operations experience in the transportation industry.

ROBERT TRANSPORT, a logistics provider in transportation, warehousing and distribution, and ALBATRANS, an Italian freight forwarder, have announced a partnership. The joint venture company will be known as Albatrans Robert Groupe Logistique. Robert CEO Claude Robert says the association will enable the company to continue its growth in the ocean and air shipping sectors between Canada and the rest of the world, creating a range of additional services for its customers and enable the company to differentiate itself in the logistics niche.

CANADIAN PACIFIC (CP) RAILWAYS and CONSOLIDATED FASTFRATE have inked a 10-year,$500 million deal which extends their current contract for another decade. The agreement will bring the partnership to the 50-year mark, the companies jointly announced. They first paired up in 1966, launching a national co-location program whereby Consolidated Fastfrate builds all its centres adjacent to CP’s intermodal terminals. Consolidated Fastfrate is the only LTL carrier in Canada to enjoy co-location with CP’s yards.

DAY & ROSS TRANSPORTATION GROUP has put the finishing touches on a deal to bring WESBELL LOGISTICS into the fold. “The combination of Wesbell Logistics Services with Day & Ross’ cross-Canada network positions us well for continued growth as we can now offer a unique blend of custom-tailored and cost-effective transportation and distribution solutions,” said John Doucet, president and CEO of Day & Ross. “Our customers will have the benefit of dedicated contract carriage, warehousing, value-added parts distribution, route management and more.”

MEYERS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES has announced that MORTRANS, its truckload division, has reached an agreement to purchase DICKSON TRANSPORT in Napanee, Ont. Like Meyers, Dickson Transport has an 80-year history of providing transportation services to customers in the Napanee, Belleville and Kingston areas. From their hub in Napanee, they offer Truckload service between Ontario, Quebec and the US.


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