Canada Cartage expands services in Eastern Ontario and Quebec with the acquisition of Seaway Express

Canada Cartage Acquires Seaway Express

[TORONTO, ON] Canada Cartage is pleased to announce the acquisition of Seaway Express, a leading provider of LTL, TL, and appointment services based in Cornwall, Ontario.

Founded in 1990 by Bob and Linda Gauthier, Seaway has focused on serving the Eastern Ontario market. Seaway has grown to over 65 tractors, trailers, and straight trucks, as well as container chassis. An important competitive advantage for Seaway is their 35,000 square foot terminal which is located nearby many regional DCs for large Canadian retailers. Seaway provides warehousing and consolidated appointment deliveries for many carriers and vendors who ship into these retailers’ distribution centers. Seaway also supports customer supply chains in Quebec through a strong carrier partner network.

Seaway has twice been named as Cornwall’s “Business of the Year”, won the Ontario Trucking Association “Excellence in Entrepreneurship” award, and has numerous “Shipper’s Choice” awards from Canadian Shipper magazine.

“This is an important acquisition for Canada Cartage,” said President and CEO Jeff Lindsay. “Cornwall is a fast-growing hub for DC’s serving Eastern Canada and Quebec. Seaway helps Canada Cartage to better serve our customers in this market, and to gain an experienced and dedicated work force. Five years ago, we had no facilities between Oshawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. With the acquisitions of Fred Guy Transportation (2017), Grant Transport (2017), and City Transfer (2021) in Ottawa, and now Seaway, we have built out a very strong presence in these markets.”

Adds Seaway Express owner Bob Gauthier, “…we are very excited about the opportunity to become part of the Canada Cartage group. Seaway has grown thanks to dedication and hard work of our employees, and we have a strong family feel here. Canada Cartage shares those values – they started as a family company and still maintain that approach in business. This was a very logical next step for Seaway so that we can continue to provide opportunities for our customers and our staff.”

Canada Cartage has extended employment to all Seaway drivers and staff. Bob Gauthier will be staying on to ensure a smooth transition, and day-to-day operations will be the responsibility of Seaway General Manager Melanie Hamel.