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Alberta’s Matco hits 50-year milestone in moving biz

Posted: March 9, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

EDMONTON, AB – Matco Moving Solutions is celebrating 50 years of business in Canada, after starting out in 1966 with a business opportunity to provide trucking and transportation services for the region’s booming oil and gas sector. 

Matco was one of the first operators to service the isolated oil and gas exploration crews working offshore. They made trips up to the Beaufort Sea, crossing frozen oceans and ice roads, often in blizzards, to deliver supplies. When the Dempster Highway officially opened in 1979, Matco made history when it operated the first moving truck to drive down it. 

Today, Matco has become a key player in the area’s residential and commercial moving sector with eight locations in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. 

“Fifty years in business is a significant milestone for any company,” said Wayne Wishloff, VP and general manager of Matco Moving Solutions. “But, for a company in the moving business, it’s a rare achievement.  Matco has stood the test of time for two key reasons; first, we have always focused on the customers’ voice, and second when we move our customers’ personal effects we treat them as our own. Each employee understands what it means to hand over one’s personal property to a stranger and rely on them to deliver it to their dream home, damage-free. Over the years, we’ve earned the trust of many families in the community and it’s a great feeling to know we’ve been part of something important,” added Wishloff. 

In 2013, Matco was acquired by Manitoulin Transport, a member of the Manitoulin Group of Companies, which sought to further strengthen its coverage in Canada’s West and expand into the growing residential and commercial goods relocation business.

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