TFI International acquires Groupe Boutin

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Groupe Boutin, one of the oldest and largest trucking companies in Quebec, has sold its trucking operations to TFI International.

The fleet has 170 tractors, 394 trailers, and 333 employees.

“After careful consideration and by mutual agreement, we have come to the conclusion that the time has come to divest ourselves of this sector of activity, which dates back to 1945. From now on, we want to focus on the development of our warehousing division,” the company said in a press release.

“From the beginning of the process, our employees and customers have been at the heart of our concerns. TFI International, with its desire to maintain current jobs and continue to serve our customers, proved to be our best choice.”

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Bernard Boutin, who has led the company for more than half of its existence, announced he will retire.

“We’ve reached a crossroads where everyone agrees we need to move on,” he said. “This is a family decision. It’s not because things are bad, they are going well. It’s when things are going well that you have to move.”

Two sons, Jean-Philippe and Alexandre, will run Boutin’s real estate and warehousing operations.

“My sons were more interested in warehousing than in transportation,” he said in an interview with  “I don’t really have someone to take my succession on the transportation side of the business. Jean-Philippe and Alexandre wanted to focus on warehousing and logistics management, a sector in which we have been operating for over 20 years.”

“Our Number 1 desire was to maintain jobs and continuity with our customers,” he added. “This intention was clear from TFI, which is taking over all of our employees, senior management, drivers, mechanics and office staff.”

TFI will take over the Plessisville and Boucherville trucking facilities and will continue to serve the same segments. As per its usual formula, the Boutin name will continue to be seen on the roads, but with the TFI colors.

“The beauty of all this is that Boutin remains in the hands of a Quebec owner, with someone [Alain Bédard] who has a long track record of success. This brings great continuity, both for our employees and our customers, with a lot of capacity and means at all levels of the company,” Boutin said.

Groupe Boutin was founded in Plessisville by Valère Boutin. Léo-Paul Boutin, supported by his wife Lucille, took over in 1965.

Bernard joined the family business in 1983. Among his accomplishments, he was chairman of the Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ) in 2012, and for several years president of the Foundation for Training in Road Transport and of the Quebec Trucking Association’s manpower committee.

Groupe Boutin has terminals and warehouses in Quebec and Ontario. It closed its LTL division in 2017.

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Steve Bouchard started writing about trucks over 20 years ago, making him by far the most experienced trucking journalist in Quebec. Steve is the editor of Quebec’s leading French-language trucking magazine, Transport Routier, published by Newcom Média Québec since its creation in 2000. He is also editor of the associated website, and a contributor to Today’s Trucking and

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