Bison expands in US

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by Emily Atkins

Bison Transport is buying Maine-based Pottle’s Transportation.

Headquartered in Hermon, Maine, Pottle’s is a truckload carrier with more than 200 tractors, and over 750 trailers. The company is a family business, founded over 60 years ago by Cliff Pottle and then owned by his son, Barry Pottle, until it was acquired by Bison.

“We are excited about the next step in our US growth.  The investment in Pottle’s punctuates our commitment to the region, the customers and the great people we have in our business,” said Bison’s president and CEO, Rob Penner.

“We look forward to connecting our most recent acquisition of Hartt Transportation Inc. with Pottles as we continue to build Bison Transport USA.”

Bison acquired Hartt at the end of 2021. Headquartered in Bangor, Maine, Hartt was also a family-owned truckload carrier.

“I have respected and admired Bison for setting the bar when it comes to safety and success.  I have come to know Bison well through our various industry associations and being members of the same TCA benchmarking group, which has led to us growing relationships with many of their people,” said Barry Pottle, past president and CEO of Pottle’s Transportation.

The deal takes effect on October 31, 2022. Financial details of the transaction will not be made public.

Bison Transport is a privately held transportation company established in 1969, owned by James Richardson & Sons, Limited and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bison employs over 3,700 professional drivers and staff with a network of terminals throughout North America. With a fleet of over 2,600 tractors and 9,000 trailers, Bison operates throughout North America.