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Manitoulin buys Ridsdale Transport, becomes Saskatchewan’s largest logistics provider

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Manitoulin Group of Companies has acquired Ridsdale Transport of Saskatoon, Sask., the company announced today.

The new purchase makes Manitoulin Saskatchewan’s largest transportation and logistics provider.

“We have had our eye on Saskatchewan for coverage improvement for some time,” said Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies.  “We have been looking for the right company to meet our exacting standards and our strategic business needs.  Ridsdale not only provides the routes, the equipment and the human resources we desire, but demonstrates a culture of service excellence and dependability that we and our customers expect. Manitoulin is now Saskatchewan’s largest transportation company, with the significant competitive advantage of being able to provide customers with the technology, the global reach, and all the transportation and supply chain offerings they depend on to grow their business.”

Ridsdale has been in business since 1949 and is a fully family-owned business. It has an extensive LTL service in the Saskatchewan market with additional service offerings in Alberta and Manitoba.

According to the press release, Ridsdale Transport Ltd. will operate as a separate business unit within the Manitoulin Group of Companies under the leadership of Greg Ridsdale, vice-president. Wayne Ridsdale, the former president of Ridsdale Transportation Ltd., will remain in a consulting role.

“We built our business from the ground up and are very proud of where we are today,” said Greg Ridsdale, vice-president, Ridsdale Transport Ltd.  “By joining Manitoulin, I know what we have created will flourish and that our customers will benefit from the many additional services that the Manitoulin Group of Companies can provide them.  I’m thrilled about the future as we continue to evolve.”

“We are excited about Ridsdale’s merge with Manitoulin and the positive outcome it brings to customers,” added Smith.  “Manitoulin continues to seek out customer-focused businesses that will contribute significantly to our service capabilities.  Ridsdale’s motto ‘we carry through’ speaks to the reliable service the company has provided since 1949 and its pursuit of excellence. Ridsdale is a solid addition to the Manitoulin family and we encourage their customers to explore the many additional services that Manitoulin can offer them. “

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