Today's Trucking

Opinion: Is your truck fleet ready to sell?

December 9, 2019 Mike McCarron

I was 47, and like many entrepreneurs of my vintage, most of my net worth was tied up in my trucking company, MSM Transportation. I was starting to think about how to turn that equity into long-term financial security for my family. Four weeks after that chance meeting in the Air Canada lounge, an offer to buy MSM rolled off the fax machine. My head was spinning!


Opinion: Big players, real estate, and more forces behind M&A activity

April 8, 2019 Mike McCarron

While researching my annual column on Canadian trucking mergers and acquisitions (M&A), I went back and read last year’s commentary to see what changed.


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.


Growth hopes hinge on driver availability: survey

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The economy is booming, truck capacity is tightening, and analysts are predicting a strong year for 2018. So is this the right time to expand your business? In March’s Pulse reader survey, we asked readers for their […]


Factors in the M&A Equation

February 21, 2018 Mike McCarron

On the one hand, things were status quo in the Canadian trucking mergers-and-acquisition space last year. Big carriers continued their sprint to scale, looking for plug-and-play tuck-ins that add customers, drivers, and coverage. When the carriers found them, they struck […]


Do you have one of Canada’s biggest fleets?

January 15, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking is compiling its annual list of the Top 100 – Canada’s largest for-hire carriers. And given the ever-changing size of individual businesses, we want to ensure nobody is missed.


Manitoulin acquires Direct Right

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Manitoulin Transport has acquired Direct Right Cartage — an intermodal provider based in Brampton, Ontario – marking the fleet’s seventh acquisition in 12 months.

“This purchase enables Manitoulin to provide a higher level of service and frequency of intermodal service within Canada. We will continue to look for opportunities such as this to build our services and coverage to ensure our offerings meet our customers’ evolving needs,” said Jeff King, president of Manitoulin.

“Manitoulin’s ability to extend customers’ reach from Canada to the rest of the world through multiple supply chain service offerings gives them a significant competitive advantage,” added Gord Smith, Chief Executive Officer.


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.


Canada Cartage acquires Guelph-based Doyle

November 7, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Canada Cartage has acquired Doyle Transportation, based in Guelph, Ontario — a fleet that has been in business since 1982.


Kriska acquires Service Freight Systems

September 25, 2017 by John Smith

PRESCOTT, ON – Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) has acquired Burlington, Ontario-based Service Freight Systems (SFS), which will continue to be led by general manager Rob Ten Brinke.

Service Freight Systems, a logistics company founded in 1995, specializes in temperature-controlled, cross-border, truckload freight. Kriska Group has 600 tractors, 1,700 trailers, and employs 850 people including owner-operators. Its brands include Kriska Holdings, Mill Creek Motor Freight, JMF Transport (1992), and Transpro Freight Systems.

“The KTG family of companies, with its asset-based core, complements well with SFS. They will add depth to our growing investment in logistics services,” said Mark Seymour, Kriska’s president and Chief Executive Officer, in a related press release.


Titanium continues acquisition hunt

August 11, 2017 by John Smith

BOLTON, ON – Titanium Transportation Group continues its search for companies to acquire, focusing mainly on Ontario-based truckload fleets with cross-border van or flatbed business.


Titanium logistics rises, company eyes acquisitions

August 11, 2017 by John Smith

BOLTON, ON – Titanium Transportation Group has reported record results in a quarter that featured a 9% boost in revenue to $32.8 million, and EBITDA up 7% to $3.4 million. The gains were primarily in its logistics business.


Federal Signal acquiring TBEI

May 8, 2017 by John Smith

OAK BROOKS, IL – Federal Signal Corporation is acquiring Truck Bodies and Equipment International (TBEI) – a maker of dump truck bodies and trailers — for US $270 million.

TBEI runs five manufacturing facilities through the U.S., and in the year ending March 31 it generated US $206 million in revenue. The purchase price represents 7.2 times TBEI’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the same year.

The deal strengthens Federal Signal’s position as a specialty vehicle manufacturer in maintenance and infrastructure markets, according to an announcement about the deal. It adds to the company’s existing expertise in chassis-based vehicles.


Crevier Group acquires 33 Gaz-O-Bar service stations

May 2, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – A subsidiary of Crevier Group has acquired the Gaz-O-Bar service station network in Eastern Quebec, strengthening its position in the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspe regions of Quebec.


PSI acquires Tire Pressure Monitoring System provider

April 11, 2017 by John Smith

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Truck System Technologies (TST), which provides systems to monitor tire pressure and mobile assets, has been acquired by Pressure Systems International (PSI).