Daseke Inc. has announced Bulldog Hiway Express is merging with the Daseke family of flatbed, open-deck and specialty carriers.
Based in Charleston, S.C., Bulldog Hiway Express was founded in 1959 and has grown to several hundred power unites along with more than 400 trailers. They also operate terminals in Savannah, Ga., and Mobile, Ala.
“Bulldog is a great match with our family of companies,” said Don Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke Inc. “They have an extremely enviable position in the markets they serve, and are dedicated to customer service, as well as their own employees. What’s more, their safety scores are impeccable something that is carried across the line with all Daseke companies.”
Daseke now offers more than 2,800 tractors and more than 5,800 open-deck trailers, making the company the second-largest open-deck/specialty carrier in North America. Bulldog joins Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wiley, J. Grady Randolph, Central Oregon Truck Company, Lone Star Transportation and the Boyd Companies.
“This is the right decision at the right time for Bulldog. The synergies and collaboration that exist within the Daseke family of companies, that we are now a part of, will bring added capacity, capabilities and value to our people and customers,” said Phil Byrd, Bulldog’s president and CEO and the immediate past chairman of the American Trucking Associations. “We’re looking forward to the future with Daseke, and I know our people are as well. We’ve been growing at a 20 percent clip over the past two years and now, as a Daseke company, we expect that growth to compound. It’s exciting.”
Bulldog handles dedicated and for-hire open-deck operations, intermodal port deliveries and heavy hauls with loads reaching 180,000 pounds. The company operates throughout the United States and Canada supporting the automotive and energy sectors, including wind, solar and nuclear power.