Manitoulin Transport Acquires Westcan Freight LTL DivisionEdmonton, Alberta — Manitoulin Transport has acquired the less-than­-truckload (LTL) and van freight business of Westcan Freight Systems. The RTL-Westcan Group of Companies serves customers across western Canada and the Northwest Territories in the petroleum, oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, agriculture, and construction industries.

“We continue to expand in Canada’s west due to its buoyant economy and our desire to round out our offerings in the region for the convenience of our customers,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport. “This acquisition enables Manitoulin to provide customers needing LTL, flat deck and temperature-controlled services with greater choice through increased trip frequency to the north.”

“We made a strategic business decision to focus on our bulk transportation and construction business moving forward,” said Grant Mitchell, president and CEO of RTL-Westcan Bulk. “We are delighted with this agreement, believing our loyal LTL customers are in good hands, given Manitoulin’s reputation and the breadth of local, national and global service they are able to provide.”

“Westcan Bulk LTL customers will now benefit from easy access to the full global suite of transportation and logistics services that the Manitoulin Group of Companies provides specifically, expedited less-than-truckload/truckload, crating, customs brokerage, global forwarding, residential and commercial moving, global time critical delivery, heavy haul, logistics, warehousing and supply chain management,” said Goodwill. “We look forward to partnering with them and contributing to their business success.”

“Manitoulin and Westcan Bulk Transport share a similar heritage of modest beginnings in the 1960s and steady growth,” said Gord Smith, CEO, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “We also share the same corporate values of exemplary service, environmental stewardship, a commitment to safety, and the desire to be a true customer partner — ensuring a seamless transition for Westcan Freight Systems LTL customers.”