Flatbed Fleet Merger to Create a Top-Five Open Deck/Specialized Carrier

November 14, 2013

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Daseke Inc. of Addison, Texas, and Clayton, Ala.-based Boyd Bros. Transportation announced a merger they say will put them into the top five largest open deck/specialty carriers.

The merger also includes Boyd Bros. companies WTI Transport, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Mid Seven Transportation, Des Moines, Iowa; Boyd Intermodal, and Boyd Logistics.

Don Daseke, CEO of Daseke, will be chairman of the board and Richard Bailey, president of Boyd Bros., will join the Daseke board as vice chairman; Chris Cooper, COO of Boyd Bros., will also join the board. According to Cooper, Boyd Bros. and its companies will remain intact with no personnel changes expected resulting from the merger. 

The two combined companies now offer North American open-deck/specialty coverage, including service into Canada and Mexico. 

“Combined with our other companies, which include Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wylie, J. Grady Randolph Inc., and Central Oregon Truck Company, more than 2,000 tractors and 3,600 trailers are available to our customers,” said Daseke. “The combination puts us well into the top five in open-deck/specialty carriers, in terms of vehicle count and revenues."

Daseke bought another flatbed company, Central Oregon Truck Co., just a few months ago.

Boyd Bros. and its companies serve the eastern two-thirds of the country and have service into Mexico with their trailers. 

Bailey also noted that Boyd’s Intermodal group, the first in the country to use specially designed intermodal flatbed rail cars, could benefit other Daseke companies and their customers.


  1. 1. Big yellower [ November 15, 2013 @ 04:09AM ]

    Great they just built a monopoly on open deck freight. Hmm I wonder if they violated the anti-trust law.

  2. 2. Kevin J. Reidy [ December 10, 2013 @ 02:00PM ]

    @ Big made me laugh with that one. Soon there will be five trucking companies, no little guys left, and freight rates will be whatever they say they tell the shipper it will be.

    Don't like it? Tough. The ATA and the FMCSA ran all the small players out of trucking.

  3. 3. saddlesore [ October 04, 2014 @ 07:04PM ]

    As of 10-03-14 Daseke just announced another merger, this time they have joined forces with Lone Star out of Texas. Should make them #2 in the nation for "open trailer fleets".


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