July 6, 2018 1:30 PM, EDT

Big Freight Systems to Merge With Kelsey Trail Trucking

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Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Big Freight Systems, a division of Daseke Inc., on July 5 announced it is merging with Kelsey Trail Trucking, which has locations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Innisfil, Ontario.

Kelsey Trail will become a division of Big Freight and keep operations intact. The operations combined have nearly 750 tractors and trailers.

“While we will operate somewhat autonomously, we will share many resources — there is a lot of synergy between the two companies,” Big Freight President Gary Coleman said. “Big Freight hauls single flatbed trailers throughout the United States and Canada, while Kelsey Trail is the largest dedicated B-train operator in Canada, with coast-to-coast truckload and LTL service.

“Kelsey Trail also has a regional B-train operation in Ontario and Quebec. We’ve never competed for freight, but now we’ll be able to work together in some creative ways. That’s exciting for both companies, and it will be a benefit for our customers. It will give us a competitive edge and more freight opportunities.”

Kelsey Trail Trucking President Jim Clunie said, “We’re in our 38th year, while Big Freight is celebrating its 70th year. Our values, passion for the industry and our penchant for customer service is very much alike. I’ve had others knock on our doors but have never been inclined to sell or merge. We’ve been very successful.

“But, the opportunity with Big Freight was different, and what our two companies can do together is very exciting. What’s more, Big Freight is a part of Daseke, which represents the largest asset-based flatbed operation in North America. This combination led us to the merger.”

Big Freight also will have access to Kelsey Trail’s new 42,000-square-foot facility north of Toronto.