Canada Cartage buys Seaway Express

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by Emily Atkins

Canada Cartage has bought Seaway Express, a provider of LTL, TL, and appointment services, based in Cornwall, Ontario.

Founded in 1990 by Bob and Linda Gauthier, Seaway has served the Eastern Ontario market. Seaway has grown to over 65 tractors, trailers, and straight trucks, as well as container chassis, and operates a 35,000 square foot terminal.

The company provides warehousing and consolidated appointment deliveries for many carriers and vendors who ship into nearby retail distribution centres. Seaway also supports customer supply chains in Quebec through a strong carrier partner network.

Seaway has twice been named as Cornwall’s Business of the Year, won the Ontario Trucking Association Excellence in Entrepreneurship award, and has numerous Shipper’s Choice awards from Canadian Shipper (now Inside Logistics) magazine.

“This is an important acquisition for Canada Cartage,” said president and CEO Jeff Lindsay.

“Cornwall is a fast-growing hub for DC’s serving Eastern Canada and Quebec. Seaway helps Canada Cartage to better serve our customers in this market, and to gain an experienced and dedicated work force.”

In the past five years, Canada Cartage has expanded into the eastern Ontario market through the acquisitions of Fred Guy Transportation and Grant Transport in 2017, and City Transfer in Ottawa in 2021.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to become part of the Canada Cartage group. Seaway has grown thanks to dedication and hard work of our employees, and we have a strong family feel here. Canada Cartage shares those values – they started as a family company and still maintain that approach in business. This was a very logical next step for Seaway so that we can continue to provide opportunities for our customers and our staff,” said Seaway Express owner Bob Gauthier,

Canada Cartage has extended employment to all Seaway drivers and staff. Bob Gauthier will be staying on to ensure a smooth transition, and day-to-day operations will be the responsibility of Seaway General Manager Melanie Hamel.