SAMSSA Member–Manitoulin Transport Acquires Direct Right Cartage Inc. of Brampton, Ontario

Media Release



— First Purchase in Intermodal Shipping Segment —


MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — January  10, 2018 — Manitoulin Transport has acquired Direct Right Cartage Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, a premium intermodal service provider.  This is the seventh purchase for Manitoulin in the last 12 months. The acquisition builds on the company’s existing intermodal offerings and signifies Manitoulin’s intent to further expand its capabilities in this service.


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


Founded by Paul Enright and John Farrugia in 1982, Direct Right Cartage was established initially to serve the time-sensitive transportation needs of Canada’s entertainment industry. Over the years, Direct Right expanded its expertise and geographic scope to cover all 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.


“John and I are both delighted to join the Manitoulin Group of Companies,” said Paul Enright, co-founder of Direct Right Cartage.  “Manitoulin is one of the more prominent companies in the transportation industry and we have long admired its history and brand. We are excited to introduce our customers to the Manitoulin Group, given the holistic and global supply chain services it can offer. ”


“Through this transaction, customers of Direct Right Cartage now have more options at their disposal in terms of coverage and supply chain services,” said Gord Smith, chief executive officer,  Manitoulin Group of Companies.  “Manitoulin’s ability to extend customers’ reach from Canada to the rest of the world through multiple supply chain service offerings, gives them a significant competitive advantage. We look forward to working with them and contributing to their success as a true business partner.”


About Manitoulin Transport

Manitoulin Transport is a leading North American transportation and logistics solutions provider.  As a single-source carrier, it offers a wide array of transportation solutions, including; expedited less-than-truckload and truckload, transborder, intermodal, private fleet, guaranteed service, heavy haul, temperature-controlled, dangerous goods and supply chain management.  Manitoulin leverages its extensive network to service major urban and rural areas.  In North America, its distribution coverage consists of 77 Canadian terminals and 200 U.S. service centres.  All these solutions are assisted by its state-of-the-art technology that provides customers with 24 x 7 critical shipping information to manage and complete their supply chain processes.  For more information visit www.manitoulintransport.com. Manitoulin Transport is a member of Manitoulin Group of Companies.


About Manitoulin Group of Companies

Manitoulin Group of Companies is Canada’s leading privately owned transportation and logistics solutions provider.  It has over 50 years’ experience servicing a variety of industries and some of the world’s largest organizations.  As a single-source provider, it is able to create operational synergies that compound efficiencies across the supply chain. Its offerings include; expedited less-than-truckload/truckload, crating, customs brokerage, international freight forwarding, global time critical delivery, heavy haul, logistics, warehousing, supply chain management, projects and residential and commercial moving.  Manitoulin leverages its extensive network to connect businesses across Canada and around the world.  For more information please visit www.manitoulingroup.com.






   Angela Rea

   Principal, Angela Rea PR — for Manitoulin Transport

   Office: 905-304-9638