Manitoulin buys Smooth Freight

Rolf Lockwood

BRANDON, MB – Manitoulin Transport has purchased Smooth Freight Ltd., of Brandon, Manitoba. Smooth Freight provides scheduled LTL and truckload services and storage trailer rentals to over 300 rural communities in southern and western Manitoba, from its terminals in Winnipeg and Brandon. It’s Manitoulin’s sixth acquisition since May, 2012.

“A key component of Manitoulin’s growth strategy continues to be building out our reach and service offerings in Western Canada,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport. “We look for highly successful companies, with a customer-oriented culture that strongly reflects our own. Smooth Freight fit the bill on all accounts and we are delighted to welcome them into the Manitoulin family.”

Established in 1987, Smooth Freight has more than 200 trailers and 25 trucks including dry vans, heat/refrigeration, flat deck, and tail lift.

“Like Manitoulin, Smooth Freight has been a family-owned and -operated business for many years,” said Borden Hadley, founder and former owner, Smooth Freight. “We’re excited about this development and delighted to become part of a continuously expanding and highly reputable enterprise that shares our values and puts the customer first. Importantly, we believe our customers will benefit greatly from having more choice now in Manitoba when it comes to their transportation requirements, through easy access to the full suite of transportation services Manitoulin can provide.”

Borden Hadley, will stay on in a consulting capacity, and Bobbi Hadley and Tobi Hadley will continue on in sales and management roles.

Manitoulin Transport, with its headquarters still based in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island, offers a wide array of transportation services from expedited LTL to intermodal and supply-chain management. It has more than 60 Canadian terminals and 250 U.S. service centers.

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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