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Driver shortage leads to Wiersma sale

March 21, 2018 by John Smith

KITCHENER, Ont. – Challenger Motor Freight is acquiring the assets of Ed Wiersma Trucking in a deal expected to close at the end of March, expanding Challenger’s Special Commodities Division.

The 16-truck, family-run fleet specialized in flatbed truckload freight moving between southern Ontario and the U.S. But while it had up-to-date equipment and freight to haul, it was no longer able to attract the drivers it needed.

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IN PRINT — Bulk Buyer: Don Daseke

November 8, 2017 by John Smith

STEINBACH, MB — Big Freight Systems wasn’t for sale. The Coleman family had been running the business since 1948, when they bought South East Transfer in Steinbach, Manitoba. Chief Executive Officer Gary Coleman was focused entirely on finding ways to grow.
When a courier package arrived from Don Daseke, proposing a potential sale, he simply filed it away.
But Daseke persisted. The pair met in person. And this spring Big Freight Systems became the first Canadian ­operation in Daseke Inc.’s expanding family of specialized, flatbed carriers.
“His philosophy on business, his ­philosophy on people, his philosophy in terms of driving success forward through collaboration, all ran very close to me,” Coleman recalls. “I got comfortable with his long-term plan.”
That plan is to consolidate fleets in an industry sector dominated by ­family-owned businesses. The Texas entrepreneur has secured more than 3,800 trucks and 8,200 trailers so far, accounting for about 1% of what Daseke estimates is a US $133 billion market. The business reported $30 million in revenue in 2009, growing to a pro forma of $869 million last year. And more acquisitions are in the works.
Daseke refers to himself as an accidental trucker. He began his career as an auditor, held roles at IBM, and later built a residential real estate business that sold for US $1.7 billion. He first invested in trucking nine years ago only after a friend introduced him to Smokey Point Distributing, which specialized in aviation cargo. That became the first of today’s 13 operating companies.

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Celadon Group sells flatbed division to PS Logistics

September 18, 2017 by elizabeth

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Celadon Group has sold all the assets in its flatbed trucking division to PS Logistics.
The company announced the completion of the disposition of assets Sept. 18, as part of a strategic plan to concentrate resources on other business lines and boost returns.
Assets included in the transaction were primarily leased and owned trailers, which were sold in exchange for an assumption or satisfaction of the lease obligations and cash, Celadon said. It is also entitled to post-closing goodwill payments.

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Inspectors should look at flatbed safety: OTA

September 18, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Labor’s falls blitz is coming, and the Ontario Trucking Alliance (OTA) is urging them to pay special attention to flatbed truck safety.
The falls blitz, which covers ladder safety, slips, trips, and falls, in the mining, industrial, construction, and health care industries, will be running from Oct. 2 to Nov. 30.

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U.S. rates steady despite volume increases: DAT

March 29, 2017 by John Smith

BEAVERTON, OR – While U.S. truck volumes increased in many van lanes last week, rates are holding steady because of available capacity, DAT RateView reports in its latest findings. Combined with lower fuel surcharges, van and reefer rates actually dipped a penny a mile. Average flatbed rates rose a mere cent on their own.

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New Utility Flatbed

September 28, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Utility introduces the new 4000AE flatbed trailer with a standard 47,000-lb coil-haul package

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TransCore: Canada Sees Freight Volumes Swell

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO- TransCore Link Logistics says Canadian freight volumes have increased a substantial 31-percent in May 2014 when compared to the same time last year.

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THE ULTIMATE WINCH

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Ancra International and Traction Technologies unite to deliver the Cinch

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LIGHTWEIGHT FLATBED

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Utility introduces new, stronger 4000A flatbed trailer

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NEW CASCADIA MODEL

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The 72-in. XT raised-roof sleeper aims at flatbed, tanker work

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UTILITY 4000A FLATBED

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

New trailer reduces tare weight by 400 lb with equal beam strength

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ALUMINUM FLATBED

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Manac launches a new line, the Darkwing Series

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SIDE-KIT TARP

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The Maverick for flatbeds, from Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems

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IMPROVED RATCHET-CAP WINCH

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Next-generation Ancra SilverCap gets new weather-tight seal.