Toronto, ON June 20, 2018 - Polaris Transportation Group (PTG) is pleased to announce that J.G. Drapeau Ltd. has entered into an agreement to acquire the Ontario LTL division of Mainliner Freightways Ltd. and transition into the 150,000 square foot cross dock and warehousing facility located at 280 Belfield Rd. The acquisition is expected to be completed on July 3, 2018. Mainliner’s LTL fleet will continue to serve the Southwestern Ontario to Ottawa corridor and in doing so, will significantly increase the Polaris/Drapeau LTL and warehousing capacity in the Ontario market. Mainliner’s LTL business boasts a blue chip customer base, dedicated team of professionals and a track record of strong performance since 1993.
Dave Cox, President of Polaris Transportation Group says, “This allows our Group of Companies to more quickly expand our already large LTL service coverage in Ontario. We have relationships with a significant number of premium shippers across North America and an acquisition like this gives us more opportunity to enhance our leadership position. With this acquisition, J.G. Drapeau more than triples in size, as our growth initiatives for that business continue to gain momentum with team members and customers.”
As PTG looks to continue to grow what is already the largest privately held Canadian cross border LTL fleet, this acquisition reinforces its growth strategy to be a premier transportation and supply chain partner for its customers. This acquisition marks the 4th acquisition in the company’s history and second in 12 months.
The Parisi family shares “The next generation of leaders within our LTL unit will benefit from all the opportunities a large organization like Polaris Transportation Group can bring, coupled with what we believe to be an excellent cultural fit. PTG’s operational focus, with a passion around safety and well-being for employees, makes them an excellent fit for our team and long-standing customers and suppliers.”
Toronto, ON October 18, 2017 - J.G. Drapeau announced today that they have received the Top Fleet Employers Award for 2017. That is 3 consecutive years for the asset-based hazmat specialist based out of Toronto, Ontario and recently added to the Polaris Transportation Group portfolio.
According to Trucking HR Canada, “The Top Fleet Employers are companies within the trucking industry that go above and beyond to make their work places better for their employees.”
On October 12, a gala event was held in Toronto to present to this year’s winners. Accepting for J.G.Drapeau, was General Manager, Margaret Hogg who commented, “It was a great industry turnout with a total of 48 companies receiving awards. For me, it’s a real honour to be acknowledged in this category and in such great company. Creating a workplace that our employees can truly appreciate is key to our ongoing mandate of delivering service excellence to our customers.”
J.G. Drapeau was founded by Margaret’s parents in 1970 and today boasts a sophisticated warehousing and distribution operation, along with their dedicated hazmat fleet of dry and temperature controlled trailers. J.G. Drapeau also has a local drayage service to further serve their varied client needs for smaller enterprises and Fortune 500 companies alike.
Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers Program is open to any Canadian fleet, and recognizes fleets that meet Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence in human resources for the trucking industry. The Top Fleet Employers Program has grown over the past three years, with a growing number of fleets applying. For more details please visit www.truckinghr.com
J.G. Drapeau is an asset-based specialist in Hazmat transportation for Canadian and USA markets. Their sister company, Commercial Warehousing Logistics (CWL), handles the warehousing and distribution of hazardous materials. CWL also acts as the distribution centre in Canada for U.S. companies who need a strategic partner to distribute to Canadian retail outlets. To learn more about J.G.Drapeau and CWL, please visit their website at www.jgdrapeau.com
Toronto, Ontario, May 3, 2017 – Polaris Transportation Group (PTG) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the shares of J.G. Drapeau Ltd. and Commercial Warehousing Limited based in Toronto, Ontario. Drapeau and Commercial Warehousing will continue to be led by the current management team, including Ms. Margaret Hogg, who will remain General Manager of the companies.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming another best-in-class company to the PTG family,” noted Larry Cox, President. “J.G. Drapeau is an award winning carrier (most recently recognized by Trucking HR Canada with the prestigious 2017 Top Fleet Employer award), with a top tier safety record, strong management team, and consistent financial performance over their 47 years in the industry. In addition, they bring deep subject matter expertise in the field of specialized products warehousing, Canada and US distribution programs, and full truckload work (temperature control and hazardous materials).”
“We are incredibly proud of the business we have built over the past 47 years,” commented George Hogg and Jocelyne Hogg, co-founders of J.G. Drapeau and Commercial. “The next generation of leaders at J.G. Drapeau and Commercial will benefit from all the opportunities a large organization like Polaris can bring, coupled with what we believe to be an excellent cultural fit between our two companies. Polaris’ operational focus, with a passion around safety and well-being for employees, makes them an excellent fit for our team and long standing customers and suppliers.”
This marks Polaris’ third acquisition as the company carries forward its growth agenda consisting of organic and selective acquisitive growth. This acquisition allows Polaris to increase its concentration of Fortune 500 customers, across a wider breadth of industries.
Founded in 1994, Polaris Transportation Group is the largest privately held LTL cross border carrier in Canada. Polaris specializes in the shipment of dry goods and offers daily LTL departures to/from all points across Canada and USA. For more information on Polaris visit their website at www.polaristransport.com