Inside Logistics

Manitoulin gets Smooth

Manitoulin Transport has purchased Smooth Freight Ltd


Manitoulin purchased Smooth Freight (PHOTO: Manitoulin)

November 26, 2013
by MM&D staff

BRANDON, Manitoba–Manitoulin Transport has purchased Smooth Freight Ltd., of Brandon, Manitoba.  Smooth Freight provides scheduled less-than-truckload (LTL) and truck load (TL) services and storage trailer rentals to over 300 rural communities in southern and western Manitoba, from its terminals in Winnipeg and Brandon.

“A key component of Manitoulin’s growth strategy continues to be building out our reach and service offerings in Western Canada,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport.  “We look for highly successful companies, with a customer-oriented culture that strongly reflects our own. Smooth Freight fit the bill on all accounts and we are delighted to welcome them into the Manitoulin family.”

Established in 1987, Smooth Freight has more than 200 trailers and 25 trucks including dry vans, heat/refrigeration, flat deck and tail lift.

“Like Manitoulin, Smooth Freight has been a family owned and operated business for many years,” said Borden Hadley, founder and former owner, Smooth Freight Ltd. “We’re excited about this development and delighted to become part of a continuously expanding and highly reputable enterprise that s shares our values and puts the customer first.  Importantly, we believe our customers will benefit greatly from having more choice now in Manitoba when it comes to their transportation requirements, through easy access to the full suite of transportation services Manitoulin can provide.”

Borden Hadley, will stay on in a consulting capacity, and Bobbi Hadley and Tobi Hadley will continue on in Sales and Management roles.

Manitoulin Transport is a North American transportation and logistics solutions provider.  As a single-source carrier, it offers a wide array of transportation solutions, including; expedited less-than-truckload and truck-load, trans-border, intermodal, private fleet, guaranteed service, temperature-controlled, dangerous goods and supply chain management. In North America, its distribution coverage consists of more than 60 Canadian terminals and 250 U.S. service centres.