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September 9, 2014 12:00 PM, EDT

Manitoulin Acquires LTL Division of Westcan Freight

Manitoulin Group of Companies

Manitoulin Transport announced that it has acquired the less-than-truckload and van freight business of Edmonton-based Westcan Freight Systems. Terms were not disclosed.

RTL-Westcan provides services for the petroleum, oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, agriculture, and construction industries in western Canada and the Northwest Territories.

“We made a strategic business decision to focus on our bulk transportation and construction business moving forward,” Grant Mitchell, president and CEO of RTL-Westcan Bulk, said in a statement.

“We are delighted with this agreement, believing our loyal LTL customers are in good hands, given Manitoulin’s reputation and the breadth of local, national and global service they are able to provide,” Mitchell said.

Manitoulin said it acquired the company to provide customers needing LTL, flat deck and temperature-controlled services with more choice through increased trip frequency to the north.

“We continue to expand in Canada’s west due to its buoyant economy and our desire to round out our offerings in the region for the convenience of our customers,” Don Goodwill, president of Manitoulin Transport, said in a statement.