Shoreland Transport Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cooke Inc., has acquired Connors Transfer Limited, a 143 truck and 261 trailer provider of trucking and transportation services with four terminal locations.
Shoreland was established by Cooke in 2002, and has terminals in St. George, New Brunswick and Suffolk, Virginia, and operates a fleet of 115 trucks and 217 trailers with routes across Canada and throughout the United States. Shoreland primarily moves fresh salmon and seafood products for Cooke Aquaculture companies, as well as other customers in Atlantic Canada.
In welcoming Connors’ 215 employees to Team Cook, Shoreland Transport CEO Glenn Cooke noted Connors as "one of the most reliable and transparent operators in the industry."
With this acquisition, Shoreland Transport becomes one of the largest trucking companies in Atlantic Canada.
“It means so much to our family to have the business we built join with another family-owned, Atlantic Canada-based company, with whom we share many community-minded values as employers and service providers,” said Lauchie Connors, CEO of Connors Transfer Limited. “This will create a strong network to support customers, and more opportunities for drivers and staff. It’s terrific the Cooke family continues to make strategic investments in Nova Scotia as a global seafood leader that’s always thinking locally.”
The companies will operate all terminals and facilities and continue to focus on driver retention and recruitment, with an aim to grow its customer base and routes. The terms of the transactions have not been disclosed as both companies are private, family-owned businesses.