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Manitoulin Transport acquires Direct Right Cartage

Acquisition marks the company’s first purchase of an intermodal company
Manitoulin Transport is headquartered in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island.

Manitoulin Transport has acquired Direct Right Cartage Inc. of Brampton, marking the seventh purchase by Manitoulin in the last 12 months and the first acquisition of an intermodal company.

Established in 1982, Direct Right Cartage serves a number of industries, including automotive, plastic, retail, packaged foods, and other general commodities. Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Direct Right Cartage has locations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal. Its founders, John Farrugia and Paul Enright, will continue in their respective leadership roles.

"Customer demand is a key influencer in Manitoulin’s business decisions and this latest transaction further demonstrates that we listen," said Jeff King, president at Manitoulin Transport, in a news release.

"This purchase enables Manitoulin to provide a higher level of service and frequency of intermodal service within Canada. We will continue to look for opportunities such as this to build out our services and coverage to ensure our offerings meet our customers' evolving needs."

Manitoulin Transport, headquartered in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island, can trace its founding to 1953, when it began as Smith’s Wholesale.

As a leading transportation and logistics solutions provider, it offers services including expedited less-than-truckload and truckload, transborder, intermodal, private fleet, guaranteed service, heavy haul, temperature-controlled, dangerous goods and supply chain management.

It now has more than 70 terminals in Canada and 250 service centres in the U.S.

Manitoulin Transport is a member of Manitoulin Group of Companies.