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KTG adds Trailwood and Nexus.

KTG is growing again with the addition of Trailwood Transport Ltd and Nexus Freight Ltd.

Founded in 1984, Trailwood Transport Ltd, is a family operated transportation company that offers domestic and cross-border truckload services, specializing in the automotive industry. Nexus Freight Ltd is a local cartage carrier, servicing Southern Ontario. Their combined fleet of Trailwood’s 112 trucks, 385 trailers and Nexus’s 20 trucks and 12 trailers are a welcome addition to KTG’s growing network.

“Trailwood and Nexus are great strategic fits with the Kriska Transportation Group,” said Kriska CEO, Mark Seymour. “Their culture and results are a welcome addition to the KTG family. Trailwood’s expertise in the automotive industry brings further diversification to our industry mix. The addition of Nexus gives us the local capacity to help supplement our current network needs. We expect to find many synergies and opportunities to help both businesses grow profitably.” 

Trailwood and Nexus will continue to be led by General Manager Lorie Thompson and its current management teams. Mark Beckstead, Trailwood’s former owner, will represent the company going forward with a focus on maintaining key customer relationships and growth. 

“Becoming part of KTG offers Trailwood and Nexus the opportunity to lower our cost base, bring long term stability to our business and collaborate with other transportation professionals in the KTG family.” Added Beckstead “We’re excited to be part of a group that values our brand strength and who are like-minded as it relates to trucking.” 

Kriska unveils Bianca Andreescu, She The North tribute trailer.

Turbo Images and Kriska unveiled a rolling tribute to Canada’s first Grand Slam champion Bianca Andreesu. The trailer wrapped in graphics celebrating the 19-year-old tennis phenom’s historic win was debuted at Kriska’s terminal near the 401.

Andreescu’s recent victory inspired the project. The trailer features images of her in action as well as kissing the U.S. Open trophy and the popular “She the North” hashtag. The wrap was designed to represent Bianca’s dynamic style of play and acknowledges that she is the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title.

Both Turbo Images and Kriska are located in Mississauga and collaborated over their shared pride of Andreescu who grew up in the city.

Kriska hopes that the youth that see this trailer will be inspired by Bianca’s determination and perseverance, while they pursue their own goals. The 53′ Great Dane tridem reefer trailer will be hauled along the 401, including the GTA.

KTG acquires Champion Express Ltd.

The Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) has added to our freight brokerage offering with the acquisition of Champion Express Ltd. Based in Milton ON, Champion will continue to be led by its experienced management team.

“We are excited to bring the Champion Express team of experienced logistics professionals, into the KTG family.” said KTG CEO, Mark Seymour, “Champion has a long-standing reputation of white-glove like care and attention to their customer base.  We expect these customers to benefit from the additional support KTG has to offer, and we believe this will bring growth opportunities for all parties involved.”

“Champion Express Ltd is excited to be joining the KTG family of companies.” remarked Champion Business Manager, Peter Jenkins, “Being part of a group with an impressive amount of assets will further our capabilities when servicing our customers. We are proud of our team’s dedication and strong customer relationships. The support of KTG will enable Champion to strengthen these relationships and build on our accomplishments.”

Champion Express Ltd. is a technology driven freight brokerage founded in 1991. They offer freight management solutions that include Truckload, LTL, Intermodal, Flatbed and High-Value Goods shipping across North America as well as custom warehousing and distribution. Champion manages their services with a proprietary software suite that tracks and books orders, generates rate quotes and calculates 3D LTL footage requirements.

Eugenia Churilov named KTG Director of Safety and Compliance

 

 

Eugenia Churilov has joined the Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) as our new Director of Safety and Compliance. She brings over 20 years of experience to our team of Transportation professionals. We welcome her leadership, guidance and management across our group of operating companies.

Senior Vice President, David Tumber remarked, “Eugenia brings a wealth of knowledge of Safety and Compliance to KTG. Her experience with national carriers and multi-company groups will bring all our companies together under a single standard.”

“I’m excited to be at KTG” says Churilov, “it’s a family of companies with a strong culture of safety.”

Eugenia has built a career in Transportation Safety and Compliance. Before joining KTG, she managed transportation compliance at Walmart Canada. Previously, she managed Safety and Compliance at Calyx Transportation Group by overseeing six operating companies that included trucking, warehousing, distribution centres, freight brokerage and freight forwarding. She also brings a strong operational background from her decade as the owner of M&M Transportation, a fifty unit fleet that ran into the US East Coast.

Eugenia’s mandate at KTG is to bring standardization and consistency to how we view and control safety and compliance throughout our growing group of companies.

“KTG’s carriers maintain excellent CVOR ratings,” said Eugenia, “I’m looking forward to working with each to share best practices in training and maintenance as we aim to be the safest group on the road.”

TransPro Freight Systems announces Jon Saunders as new General Manager

GM Jon Saunders (2nd from left) joins the TransPro team at the TTC Pop-up Social.

 

TransPro Freight Systems a Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) company has appointed Jon Saunders as General Manager, effective March 18, 2019.

Before joining the team at TransPro, Jon held senior roles at Polaris Transportation Group where he led their high growth businesses along with their successful acquisition mandate. He also has experience in banking where he maintained a focus on private equity and transportation and logistics.

“KTG is excited to have Jon come on as the TransPro GM.” remarked Mark Seymour CEO, KTG “He understands the complexities of TransPro’s cross-border LTL and logistics business and brings a solid financial background which adds to our already strong team.”

“The TransPro Freight Systems team has an ambition for growth that truly appeals to me. Stemming from a desire to serve drivers, customers and team members alike, this is a business that is forward thinking, and that plays a critical role in global supply chains.”

Jon holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

 

Icon Transportation Logistics LTd. joins KTG

KTG is proud to welcome the management, drivers and staff of Icon Transportation Logistics Ltd. (ITL) of Puslinch, Ontario into the group. ITL will continue to be led by General Manager Alen Delija.

Founded in 2009, ITL currently operates 44 power units, 78 trailers, 1 straight truck and 1 Sprinter Van. ITL is a cross border carrier who specialized in moving time-sensitive freight. Their expedited team service is an exciting new addition to the KTG transportation menu.

“ITL is a great fit with the Kriska Transportation Group.” remarked KTG CEO, Mark Seymour, “We’re happy to bring their team of drivers and staff into the KTG family. ITL’s expedited team service is an exciting new addition to our transportation menu. We know that they have been growing in this space and we hope to help them achieve that.”

“Becoming part of KTG offers ITL the opportunity to access a network of transportation companies that will help us better serve our existing customers.” says Alen Delija, “We’re excited to be part of a group that will help to grow our reach and share our strengths.”

 

Team KTG wins Trucks for Change / Daily Bread Food Sort Challenge.

Each November the Trucks for Change invites it’s network members to participate in a friendly competition against each other while helping the community fight hunger at the Daily Bread Food Bank’s Food Sort Challenge. For the first time since the founding of the challenge, the KTG team was victorious!

This year KTG entered a team of ten members from across our operating companies to sort 3000 lbs of food at the food bank depot. The competition is organized in two shifts of six teams that collectively sort 36,000 lbs of food during the day and raised $31,200 for the Daily Bread Food Bank. In the four years that Trucks For Change has been organizing the event teams from the transportation industry have sorted 144,000 lbs of food and donated an impressive $100,000.

The competition was tight but the team KTG finished ahead of our transportation friends. After completing the sorting we offered help to the others in the spirit of community.

Thank you to the Daily Bread Food Bank and Trucks for Change for inviting us. Also, thanks are due to our team members, Daniel Bonga, Gail Brito, Kelly Browning, Lissa DeChamplain, Joanna Foucault, Sean LeBlanc, Michelle Quintanilla, Ravi Patel, Amnit Sandhu and Tracy Wolfe for braving the first snow storm of the year to participate. We look forward to defending our title next year!

KTG modernizes fleet with ISAAC telematic tablets.

For the modern truck driver, the most used and relied upon auxiliary piece of equipment is the onboard computer. It connects the driver with dispatch, monitors their Hours Of Service, acts as a navigator/co-pilot and provides intuitive directions for their workflow. The Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) has always been a technology leader, from the early adoption of Automatic Onboard Recording Devices (AOBRD), to being one of the first Canadian fleets to be ELD compliant. Today, KTG is living up to this reputation by partnering with ISAAC Instruments and installing their solution across the fleet to modernize in-cab technology, capitalizing on both driver and business benefits.

Driver Mike Martin with his new ISAAC tablet.

 

Among many attributes, the ISAAC tablets, are portable, allowing drivers to use camera technology to document, record, and transmit any equipment defects found during pre-trip inspections. The solution also allows drivers to review future loads while in their bunk or from the comfort of their homes using the ISAAC driver portal. KTG plans to develop the functionality and app capability, much like a personal tablet is today.

KTG has begun deploying the first batch of trucks with ISAAC installed technology at JMF Transport and Mill Creek Motor Freight. KTG will continue its phased approach to deploy ISAAC at Kriska Holdings, Transpro Freight Systems, and BTC Express.

We look forward to getting feedback from our drivers and sharing their thoughts.

BTC Express joins Kriska Transportation Group

Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of BTC Express (BTC) of Brantford, Ontario. BTC will continue to be led by the current management team including Jacob Bicz as General Manager.

“KTG is very excited to welcome BTC, and its employee’s, contractors and customers to the KTG family,” says KTG CEO, Mark Seymour, “BTC will compliment well with the other KTG operating companies who function in the temperature-controlled space. That is a big part of our value proposition on both assets and brokerage. BTC is a safe, well managed and family-oriented company. That fits perfectly with KTG values.”

“When my brother Jan and I decided it was time to sell our business, we carefully considered whom we wanted to align our people and our customers with,” expressed Jacob Bicz, “Jan will pursue other interests, but I wanted to stay and grow the business. KTG offers each of us what we wanted, including a culture that we see as a great fit. KTG will let us be who we have been, but help us be better. The future is bright for BTC with KTG, and that’s what we wanted.”

BTC is a second-generation family business that has been owned and operated by the Bicz brothers, Jacob and Jan, for the past ten years. They are an asset-based truckload company that specializes in refrigerated freight with 65 power units and 150 trailers covering all of Canada and the United States.

KTG and its operating companies welcome BTC into the family and are looking forward to future collaboration and growth.