Manitoulin buys Quebec trucking company, expands coverage

Manitoulin buys Quebec trucking company, expands coverage

A Manitoulin truck.

The addition of Express Havre St-Pierre helps 'build out' Manitoulin Transport's truckload and LTL service map in Quebec, especially in the province's rural areas, and complements its westward expansion. Photo credit: Manitoulin.

Manitoulin Transport, one of Canada’s largest trucking operators, is doubling down on its core terrority by acquiring Quebec-based Express Havre St-Pierre (EHSP). Toronto-based Manitoulin has expanded westward in recent years, but is also expanding in central Canada.

“This acquisition demonstrates Manitoulin's commitment to ensuring strong coverage in Quebec,” said Gord Smith, CEO of the Manitoulin Group of Companies. “Further, it is another example of our commitment to building out our coverage across Canada.”

EHSP provides both truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL), as well as specialized and white glove services, throughout Quebec and in Labrador, the mainland portion of the province of Newfoundland. The carrier has been a Manitoulin interline partner for years.

“Businesses in rural and remote communities need reliable transportation and logistics services just as much as those in cities,” Smith said. “Through the acquisition of  EHSP, Manitoulin can provide enhanced coverage to our customers with immediate effect."

Manitoulin's rank

Manitoulin Transport is the second-largest Canadian LTL carrier and the 17th-largest North American LTL carrier, according to SJ Consulting Group data. In addition to Canadian LTL and truckload, the company offers intermodal rail and cross-border service to and from the US.

In January, Manitoulin made its first acquisition in the intermodal arena, purchasing Ontario-based intermodal trucking company Direct Right Cartage. Manitoulin has made several acquisitions in western Canada, most recently buying Duckering’s Transport in Alberta.

EHSP, with headquarters in Havre-St-Pierre in eastern Quebec and six terminals, will operate as a standalone company within Manitoulin Transport, part of the Manitoulin Group of Companies, which offer global transport and forwarding services.

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