Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Warren Transport and D.D. Transport Ltd. create Atlantic Diversified Transportation Systems through strategic merger

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January 20, 2010
For immediate release

Warren Transport and D.D. Transport Ltd. create Atlantic Diversified Transportation Systems through strategic merger

REXTON, NB, and MOUNT PEARL, NL – Two of Atlantic Canada’s pre-eminent trucking and transportation companies are merging their general freight and equipment-repair facilities to form a new company, Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems.

Effective April 1, 2010, the general freight (dry van and refrigerated operations) and equipment-repair facilities of Warren Transport, part of The Warren Group headquartered in Rexton, NB, and the entire operations (flatbed, van and equipment repair) of D.D. Transport Ltd., headquartered in Mount Pearl, NL, will merge to form Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems (ADTS).

ADTS’s head office will be based in Rexton, while maintaining their offices and operations in Mount Pearl and Clarenville, NL; Bathurst, NB; Debert and Liverpool, NS. Warren’s Vaughn Sturgeon will serve as Atlantica’s president, while D.D.’s Gordon Peddle will serve as vice-president and chief operating officer. The new entity will have about 150 employees.

Other divisions of The Warren Group – such as bulk transport and construction services – are not affected by the merger.

“The merger of our freight and equipment-repair facilities means more efficient service for our customers, while our employees will have expanded career opportunities within the new company,” said Mr. Sturgeon, Atlantica’s new president. “Atlantica is a growth-oriented company looking into the future and committed to the efficiencies of scale. The operations of Warren and D.D. that have merged complement each other and create a stronger company. Everyone will gain: our customers and our employees.”

“The merger of our freight businesses makes sense,” said Mr. Peddle, Atlantica’s new vice-president and chief operating officer. “Whereas D.D. Transport provided more regional coverage, Warren Transport provided more national and North American coverage, so Atlantica will benefit from better reach in a world where security restrictions are expanding every day. From an operations perspective, this merger will also allow us to eventually renew our fleet to more environmentally friendly vehicles that have zero emissions.”

Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems will operate more than 300 pieces of equipment with annual sales expected to be in the range of $25-30 million over the next year. When including companies affiliated with Atlantica, the group will have sales in the $45-50 million range and operate more than 500 pieces of equipment. Atlantica will keep all of the affected merged Warren Transport and D.D. Transport facilities open. The merger will not result in any layoffs.

“This merger only makes us stronger and solidifies our future,” said Mr. Peddle.

“The merger of certain parts of our operations to form Atlantica is a strategic move that will benefit everyone,” Mr. Sturgeon said.

Vaughn Sturgeon:

The new president of Atlantica Diversified Transport Systems, Vaughn Sturgeon, is also the president and CEO of The Warren Group, based in Rexton, NB. He holds a BA in economics and is a certified management accountant (CMA) and has 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. In addition to its head office in Rexton, Warren also has operations in Bathurst, NB, and Liverpool, NS, as well as in Quebec and Ontario. The company specializes in transportation and construction products and services.

Mr. Sturgeon and The Warren Group have been recognized by Enterprise Kent, Atlantic Progress magazine Top 101 listing, and as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Mr. Sturgeon is involved in many boards and organizations and has been especially involved in the transportation community. He has been a board and executive member of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) since 1999, and is a past chairman of the board of the APTA. Mr. Sturgeon also sits on the board of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and is vice-chair of the the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS).

Gordon Peddle:

Atlantica’s new vice-president and chief operating officer, Gordon Peddle, has 27 years of experience in the transportation industry. The former owner of D.D. Transport Ltd., he is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA). Mr. Peddle is also a member of the board and executive of the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s board of directors, as well as vice-chair of the Canadian Trucking Human Resource Council (CTHRC). A recognized leader in the transportation industry, D.D. Transport Ltd. also made Atlantic Progress magazine’s Top 101 listing and recently received the prestigious “Service to Industry” award from the APTA.

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For more information, please contact:

Vaughn Sturgeon
President
Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems
(506) 523-7550
vaughnsturgeon@warren.nb.ca

Gordon Peddle
Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems
(709) 368-1773
gpeddle@ddtransport.com

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