Manitoulin buys Ridsdale Transport

by MM&D Online Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario—Manitoulin Group of Companies has purchased Ridsdale Transport Ltd of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The acquisition augments Manitoulin’s existing coverage capabilities in the province, positioning it as Saskatchewan’s largest transportation and logistics provider.

“We have had our eye on Saskatchewan for coverage improvement for some time,” said Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “We have been looking for the right company to meet our exacting standards and our strategic business needs. Ridsdale not only provides the routes, the equipment and the human resources we desire, but demonstrates a culture of service excellence and dependability that we and our customers expect.”

A family-owned firm, Ridsdale Transport has been in business since 1949. It has an extensive LTL service in the Saskatchewan market with additional service offerings in Alberta and Manitoba.

Operating with approximately 400 pieces of equipment within its network, Ridsdale provides service to more than 200 Saskatchewan points of service via scheduled less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) lanes, as well as a dedicated expedited pickup and delivery service to meet non-scheduled transportation requirements. Ridsdale also provides courier service and other specialized service offerings, including warehouse storage, container service and contracted transportation.

Ridsdale Transport Ltd. will operate as a separate business unit within the Manitoulin Group of Companies under the leadership of Greg Ridsdale, vice-president. Wayne Ridsdale, the former president of Ridsdale Transportation Ltd., will remain in a consulting role.