Manitoulin Transport acquires Duckering’s Transport

Manitoulin Transport has acquired Duckering’s Transport Ltd. of Red Deer, Alberta, a less than truckload (LTL) service provider offering next-day service to more than 400 locations throughout the province. The acquisition builds on Manitoulin’s many previous investments in Western Canada in recent years and further demonstrates its commitment to provide the most comprehensive coverage across Canada.

“Duckering’s Transport has carved out a niche for itself in the Alberta LTL marketplace and earned a reputation for on-time delivery as well as a customer-first philosophy that we share,” said Jeff King, president, Manitoulin Transport. “It’s an important addition to Manitoulin as it instantly increases our direct service footprint with over 100 new direct service points.”

Duckering’s Transport Ltd. was founded by Clarence Duckering in 1971 and has remained a family-owned business for over 40 years. Based in Red Deer, AB, it has terminal facilities in Brooks, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat. (Duckering’s International Freight Services Inc. was not included in the purchase.)

“We are delighted to welcome Duckering’s into the Manitoulin fold,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “We look forward to introducing Duckering’s customers not only to the trusted services of Manitoulin Transport, but also to the wealth of additional offerings they now have at their fingertips through Manitoulin Group of Companies. We believe our one-stop-shop for all transportation and logistics needs, combined with our unsurpassed coverage, positions us well to contribute to our customers’ success and fulfill our goal of becoming a true business partner. To this end David Duckering will remain with the company in a management capacity to help ensure a smooth transition for all Duckering’s customers.”

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AMTA new member announcements
The AMTA is pleased to welcome DC Drilling Inc. and WestX Trucking Inc. as Carrier Members, while Unistar Special Risks Inc., Steelhead Ventures Ltd., Stantec, Carscallen LLP, Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC), Gateway Trailer and Allison Transmission are welcomed as Supplier Members.

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Chief Steve Callahan retires
After 38 years in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Chief Steve Callahan is retiring.

“We have come through many changes in my time in CVEB and I can honestly say they have been for the better,” Callahan said in a statement. “My advice moving forward would be to ‘embrace change,’ look at it as an opportunity. I am leaving very confident in the organization. The branch is in great shape with a solid management team in place.”

Callahan said he will continue his work as Commissioner with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. He hinted his retirement will include fishing on the Little Bow, and “hopefully training a new dog.”

“The AMTA would like to congratulate Steve on his retirement,” said AMTA President Lorraine Card. “We thank him for his commitment to transportation and for always being willing to sit down and discuss the issues.”

A retirement party honouring Chief Callahan was held March 2 in Red Deer.

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Lloyd Blower retires
In their January newsletter, Alberta Government’s Carrier Services announced the retirement of Manager of Investigations Lloyd Blower.

“Lloyd’s unwavering passion for transportation safety and his knowledge and expertise will be missed by both government and industry representatives,” said a Carrier Services statement.

Lloyd spent over 30 years in improving vehicle safety and compliance in Alberta. Among his many achievements, Lloyd played a lead role in developing the foundation for the Carrier Services monitoring and intervention program; took actions to address issues of non-compliance that posed a risk to the motoring public and set the groundwork for improvements to programs aimed at commercial vehicle safety and compliance in Canada.

We wish Lloyd all the best in his retirement.

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Gibson Energy to focus on tanks and infrastructure, not trucking
At Gibson Energy’s 2018 investor day on Jan. 30 in Toronto, President and CEO Steve Spaulding said, “What you will see today is a dramatic transformation of our business. Gibson Energy will no longer be thought of as a trucking business. We will be a crude oil infrastructure business with high quality cash flow.”

The plan includes continually developing storage sites at Edmonton and Hardisty, while enhancing additional services in and around those core terminals, and a focus on crude oil basins in Canada and the US. Spaulding added, “There are assets in our portfolio that just don’t fit. These are good businesses, and really, a lot of great people, that don’t fit our forward strategy.”

Gibson sold its industrial propane business last year for $412 million and its US environmental services, including water hauling, is expected to be sold in this year’s first quarter. “Gibson Energy has really been known as a trucking company, in the past,” Spaulding said. “Exiting business lines is a tough decision, but we think, the right decision.”

Gibson laid out target closing dates for four major divestitures. The first, NGL (natural gas liquids) wholesale, will occur in the third quarter of 2018, while non-core US injective stations and truck transport is expected to be gone by Q4 of 2018. Canadian truck transportation will follow in mid-2019, along with non-core Canadian environmental services.

Spaulding concluded, “We’re talking about a dramatic change to the business. We will be an oil infrastructure business. We’re going to build in and around our core terminals in Canada, and develop a basin infrastructure strategy.”

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Matco Moving Solutions acquires I-Care Office Solutions of Edmonton
Matco Moving Solutions, a fully integrated provider of residential and commercial domestic and international moving services, household goods relocation and warehousing (and a member of the Manitoulin Group of Companies), has acquired I-Care Office Solutions of Edmonton. The deal adds to Matco’s growing commercial relocation business, giving it entry into the office systems installation and reconfiguration markets.

I-Care provides commercial moving, warehousing, installation and reconfiguration of office space, home delivery, furniture repair and rental throughout Alberta.

Wayne Wishloff, VP and GM, Matco Moving Solutions, said, “I-Care’s professionalism, approach to customer service, and safe handling of customers’ goods mirrors our own and is exactly as their name suggests. I-Care’s services perfectly complement those of Matco and solidify our strength in the moving, relocation and storage space. Now we can provide a complete solution and are poised to become one of the largest commercial moving businesses in Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories."

“We are excited to welcome I-Care into Matco and the Manitoulin Group of Companies family,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “I-Care customers now have at their fingertips a more robust offering from Matco, and at the same time, access to a complete line of transportation and logistics solutions through the Manitoulin Group of Companies. We look forward to putting our capabilities to work for I-Care’s customers to help them expand in Canada and around the world.”

“We are confident our customers will greatly benefit from this transaction,” said I-Care’s Aaron Eicher. “Matco has been in business for more than fifty years with many customers in both the residential and commercial market returning to them time and again. Our own experience tells us that this kind of trust can only be earned by caring for the goods they deliver as if they were their own and attending to every detail. It is satisfying to know that our customers are in good hands.”

All staff and operations will relocate to the Matco office at 18151-107 Avenue, Edmonton.

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