1. A Modest Beginning

    1953 A Modest Beginning Originally incorporated as Smith’s Wholesale (Manitoulin) Limited, this fledgling company operated as a grocery wholesaler on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario.

  2. The Move to Expedited Road

    1960 The Move to Expedited RoadWith the sale of Smith’s Wholesale to National Grocers and the acquisition of Hills Transport, Smith’s Wholesale began operating as Manitoulin Transport with a Class A license to carry freight between Toronto and points on Manitoulin Island.

  3. Cartage Capabilities for Montreal

    1985 Cartage Capabilities for Montreal1985 saw the development of cartage capabilities through the acquisition of Motor Express Montreal. This premium local cartage company is dedicated to providing timely pickup and delivery services in the greater Montreal area. They provide expedited less-than-truckload delivery services with flat deck capability to a number of shippers and transportation companies.

  4. Manitoulin Creates In-House Customs Brokerage Service

    1989 Manitoulin Creates In-House Customs Brokerage ServiceFounded Near North Custom Brokers to provide customers with a complete range of integrated customs brokerage solutions. Today, the company is an extensive, multi-service organization, providing their customers with every cross border service.

  5. Manitoulin Transport Now Serves Commercial Fleets in Northeastern Ontario

    1990 Manitoulin Transport Now Serves Commercial Fleets in Northeastern OntarioAcquisition of New North Fuels, a provider of cardlock, oil and lubricant services for commercial fleets as well as home heating oil for customers throughout Northeastern Ontario.

  6. Manitoulin Transport Commences a National Expansion Program

    1991 Manitoulin Transport Commences a National Expansion ProgramAcquisition of Lakehead Freightways, with operations in Northwestern Ontario west to Winnipeg, including service to and from Toronto. New terminals are constructed in Thunder Bay and Dryden.

  7. Manitoulin Transport Expands Southwestern Ontario Operations

    1992 Manitoulin Transport Expands Southwestern Ontario OperationsAcquisition of Jet Transport Ltd., with operations in Cambridge, ON and five terminals servicing all points in Southwestern Ontario, and provides cross border service to the areas of Buffalo, Detroit, and Port Huron.

  8. Manitoulin Launches US Operating Division

    1993 Manitoulin Launches US Operating DivisionThe inauguration of the Manitoulin U.S. Division provides customers with dependable, continental U.S. coverage through exclusive strategic partnerships with major Tier One carriers in the U.S.

    1993 Cartage Capabilities for Toronto

    Cartage Capabilities for Toronto

    1993 was marked by further acquisition and expansion, including Toronto based Motor Express Toronto. This premium local cartage company is dedicated to providing timely pickup and delivery services in the greater Toronto area. Services include local cartage, consolidation, distribution, contract and private fleet services, and marine container drayage services throughout Ontario. The company’s services are supported by computerized dispatch, computerized cardlock and fuel management programs. MET also manages a terminal facility that can provide crossdock and office leasing to outside carriers. They also provide carriers with access to its equipment fleet as a virtual extension of their own operation.

  9. Manitoulin Connects the Niagara Peninsula to the Rest of Canada

    1995 Manitoulin Connects the Niagara Peninsula to the Rest of Canada1995A terminal acquisition in St. Catharines, ON provides customers within our nation’s fruit basket with direct road access to Canadian markets.

  10. Services Grow in Western Canada

    1997 Services Grow in Western CanadaManitoulin goes ‘national’ with the acquisition of Pacific Northwest Carriers based in Surrey, BC. A direct coast-to-coast expedited 3 day service is now an available option for Manitoulin customers in Ontario and Quebec.

  11. Manitoulin Grows to Meet Natural Resource Boom in Western Canada

    2000 Manitoulin Grows to Meet Natural Resource Boom in Western CanadaThe western economy is booming and Manitoulin continues to grow and broaden its service offering through the acquisition of Northwest Transport with 18 terminal locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. This positions Manitoulin to expand its reach into new markets, capitalizing on their experience and service coverage in the mining, oil, gas and forestry industries in Northern Canada.

  12. Western Canada by Road or by Rail

    2001 Western Canada by Road or by RailManitoulin launches a Western Canada Intermodal Service to provide customers with two service transit time options between Eastern and Western Canada

  13. Manitoulin Global Service Expansion

    2005 Manitoulin Global Service ExpansionAcquisition of Paltainer Forwarders Ltd., an international freight forwarding company with an extensive background in all elements of global shipping including air and ocean.

    2005 Manitoulin Supply Chain Management and Warehousing Services

    Manitoulin Supply Chain Management and Warehousing Services

    Acquisition of Multimodal Logistic Systems Ltd., a warehousing and distribution company providing supply chain services including: pick & pack operations, inventory management, radio frequency tracking, consolidation/ de-consolidation and cross-docking services.

  14. Manitoulin Transport Expands to Southeastern British Columbia

    2006 Manitoulin Transport Expands to Southeastern British ColumbiaAcquisition of Dolfo Transport Ltd., a dominant regional freight carrier in Southeastern BC, specializing in transportation services for the coal mining industry as well as general freight.

    2006 Manitoulin Transport Now Offers Direct Service to Fort McMurray, Alberta

    Manitoulin Transport Now Offers Direct Service to Fort McMurray, Alberta

    Acquisition of Dukes Transport Ltd., the largest freight carrier in the Fort McMurray, Alberta area, providing climate controlled general freight services and direct access to oil sands projects.

     

    2006 Manitoulin Transport Expands Intermodal Service to QuebecManitoulin Transport Expands Intermodal Service to Quebec

    Growing demand for an intermodal service option in Quebec leads to the launch of a rail service option from points in ‘La Belle Province’.

    2006 Manitoulin Logistics Service ExpansionManitoulin Logistics Service Expansion

    Acquisition of Laker Freight Systems Ltd., a national logistics company located in Calgary, Alberta handling shipping to and from points in Canada.

  15. Near North Customs Brokers Expand to Meet Customer Demand

    2007 Near North Customs Brokers Expand to Meet Customer DemandThe addition of George A. Gray Customs Brokers operating out of the Sudbury area provides a full range of customs brokerage and freight forwarding services. As well, this establishes a U.S. Customs Office based in Williamsburg, N.Y.

    2007 Manitoulin Transport expands further west with Landing TransportManitoulin Transport expands further west with Landing Transport

    Landing Transport provides general freight services from Edmonton to Athabasca, Red Earth, Slave Lake and Wabasca, Alberta regions, with a focus on the oil and gas and forestry sectors.

    2007 Manitoulin Transport acquires Rainbow TransportManitoulin Transport acquires Rainbow Transport

    Rainbow Transport has been a dominant carrier in the Alberta region for many years, providing consistent LTL service from Calgary and Edmonton to points in Northwestern Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia.

  16. Barrhead Truck joins the Manitoulin Transport network

    2008 Barrhead Truck joins the Manitoulin Transport networkBarrhead Truck provides general freight services to customers in geographical areas of Westlock and Barrhead where overnight service is offered between or to and from Edmonton, Alberta, with a focus on oil and gas exploration development.

  17. Manitoulin Transport expands its network with Tandem Transport of Alberta

    2011 Manitoulin Transport expands its network with Tandem Transport of AlbertaTandem services the communities of Swan Hills, Fort Assiniboine, Slave Lake, Red Earth Creek, Barrhead and Whitecourt from their Edmonton terminal. Tandem has developed a very successful direct delivery business model and will continue to operate independently.

    Manitoulin Transport acquires Exalta Transport Corp., of AlbertaManitoulin Transport acquires Exalta Transport Corp., of Alberta

    Manitoulin joined forces with Exalta Transport to further strengthen its reach in Western Canada. Exalta Transport is a regional carrier serving hundreds of communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan through a network of seven terminals and more than 300 pieces of company-owned equipment.

    2011 Manitoulin Transport acquires the LTL Business of Penner InternationalManitoulin Transport acquires the LTL Business of Penner International

    Acquiring the less-than-truckload (LTL) business from Penner International Inc. out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, will allow Manitoulin to provide direct service coverage between Minneapolis and Winnipeg.

  18. Manitoulin Global Forwarding expands west with Beler International

    2012 Manitoulin Global Forwarding expands west with Beler InternationalManitoulin Global Forwarding began the year with the acquisition of Beler International Forwarding of Regina, Saskatchewan expanding its reach into Canada’s West and into the Agricultural vertical market.

    Manitoulin Global Forwarding adds Can-Tran International to its portfolio

    Experts in project moves, Can-Tran International developed a very loyal customer base in the Western Canadian marketplace that will help Manitoulin Global Forwarding ease into this market.

    2012 Manitoulin Global Forwarding adds Can-Tran International to its portfolioManitoulin Global Forwarding acquires Expedite Plus

    Manitoulin Group of Companies has acquired its strategic business partner, Expedite Plus, a specialized service provider for the movement of highly time-critical shipments across the globe via air and ground.