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COMPETITION WATCH: Manitoulin acquires Exalta Transport

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Manitoulin Transport has expanded its western presence by acquiring Exalta Transport.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Manitoulin Transport has expanded its western presence by acquiring Exalta Transport.

Based in Medicine Hat, Alta., Exalta is a regional carrier serving western Canada, operating 300 pieces of company-owned equipment out of seven terminals.

“The acquisition of Exalta Transport demonstrates our commitment to our customers and prospects in Western Canada as we continue to expand our western reach and press forward with our goal of complete transportation coverage throughout the country,” said Gord Smith, president, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “Our expansion into Saskatchewan and Southern Alberta will provide direct service coverage and a uniform level of service across the Manitoulin network. As well, we can better partner with businesses as they grow by accessing Manitoulin Group of Companies’ local and global services, including ground transportation, international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, warehousing, supply chain management and logistics.”

Exalta provides scheduled general freight service between Regina and Saskatoon and among terminals in Brooks, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, Alta.

It also offers a through service between points in Alberta and Saskatchewan and a truckload division serving points in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Manitoulin officials said the transition will be seamless to Exalta Transport customers. John Finn, former owner of Exalta, will stay on as a consultant to ensure a smooth handover, the company announced.

All Exalta employees will be retained by Manitoulin, the company said.

“Exalta Transport is a natural fit for Manitoulin Transport,” said Smith, “not only for its strategic locations, assets and regional experience, but because of our shared culture of customer service, dedication to growth and continuous improvement.”

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