Trimac acquires Tennessee bulk transporter

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Updated Aug 24, 2023
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Trimac made its fourth acquisition of the year with the purchase of Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking Inc.

Trimac (CCJ Top 250, No. 64) on Wednesday acquired Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking, a family-owned and operated asset-based bulk transporter based in Gleason, Tennessee. The terms of the deal, which is Trimac's fourth this year, were not disclosed. 

Founded in 1949, Doyle Sims & Sons operates primarily in the South, Southeast, and Midwest with its fleet of 111 trucks, 118 trailers and 95 employees, and specializes in transportation of non-hazardous and non-food grade products in pneumatic, liquid, dump, and hopper trailers. The company also offers brokerage services under DSS Logistics.

Doyle Sims’s son David Sims joined the business in 1982, followed by the company’s last CEO Johnny Wagster, who doubled the company’s fleet size since joining in 1998. He grew the company from 64 trucks to 120. The fleet averages 8 million miles and more than 18,000 loads per year. Much of their customer business consists of moving clay, kaolin, sand, dolomite, and limestone. 

“In acquiring Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking Inc., we are not just adding another company to our portfolio, we are integrating three-quarters of a century's worth of experience, knowledge, and legacy into the Trimac family,” said Trimac President and CEO Matt Faure. “This fourth acquisition of 2023 symbolizes not just growth, but a continuation of our commitment to excellence.”

The acquisition also puts Trimac back in the state of Tennessee after it closed it Memphis trucking location, and adds new capabilities to the company's suite of services. 

“We wanted to get back in the [Tennessee] market," Trimac Director of Integration Vincent Faure said. "We loved the family business and also that it's a new commodity for us.”

Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking will continue to operate under its own name, and the current Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking leadership team will stay on for six months to help with the transition.

The company’s headquarters has two shop bays, a wash bay and an administrative office. Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking is a fellow member of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, which demonstrates a dedication to responsible and sustainable transportation practices alongside committing to reducing emissions, improving fuel efficiency, and contributing to a more sustainable future for our industry. 

“Together, we will continue to uphold the highest standards of safety, efficiency, and sustainability, while better serving our customers across the Gulf Coast and Southeast region of the U.S.,” Faure said. “The road ahead is paved with opportunity, and with the addition of Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking, we accelerate towards a stronger, more resilient future for our industry."

This is at least the 16th deal made this year by a CCJ Top 250 fleet.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at