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Quebec-based transport firm expanding Northern Ontario holdings

Sudbury, North Bay terminals part of $30-million growth plan for Martin Roy Transport
Quebec-based transportation and logistics company Martin Roy Transport is expanding its Northern Ontario footprint with new terminals in Sudbury and North Bay.

Martin Roy Transport (MRT) is expanding its Northern Ontario footprint by establishing terminals in Sudbury and North Bay.

The company, headquartered in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., announced on May 4 it had acquired land and is undertaking the construction of a new terminal in each of the two cities.

They’ll add to the company's existing Northern Ontario holdings, which include facilities in Timmins, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. The company has additional depots in Val-d’Or, Mont-Laurier and Dorval, Que, as well as in Toronto.

"The strategy to develop the territory of Northern Ontario in sync with the territory of Quebec makes sense,” company president Martin Roy said in the release.

“It allows us to optimize and thus reduce the transit time of goods moving to Northern Quebec and Ontario to major centres, or vice versa.”

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Roy said the new Sudbury and North Bay terminals are part of a $30-million, five-year plan to develop the “niche market” in Northern Ontario and Quebec.

Last January, the company relocated its Dorval terminal to a new location, adding loading docks and transhipment spaces to accommodate the growing needs of customers.

MRT followed that by establishing its Logistics division in Vaudreuil-Dorion last spring.

Established in 1998, MRT offers a range of transportation and logistics services, including full or partial truckload, freight brokerage, and lumber, mining or equipment transport.

The company includes in its fleet 80 tractors and 200 trailers and employs 130 people.