ADDISON, Texas, Nov. 9, 2015 – The Dallas Business Journal has named Daseke Inc. as the No. 1 company in growth in its middle market ($25 million to $750 million) survey. The announcement was made in the journal’s Oct. 9 issue and showed Daseke having a growth rate of 345 percent between 2012 and 2014 – nearly double the growth rate of the No. 2 company in the survey.
The listing came with a 6-page cover story on Daseke, chronicling the company’s beginnings, growth and philosophy.
“From where we were six years ago to where we are today makes us very excited for our momentum. We are just coming up on first base,” said Don Daseke, CEO of Daseke Inc. “We began with Smokey Point Distributing and revenues of $30 million. At the close of 2015, we’re projecting revenues exceeding $750 million with the nine companies under our umbrella. We’re now the largest flatbed, open-deck and specialty transportation company in North America when it comes to owned equipment. All told, we run more than 3,000 tractors and 6,000 trailers.”
In the story, Daseke is quoted as saying: “The passion of the people is what attracted me to the business. People, more than facilities, will make or break a business.”
When asked about the philosophy on bringing new companies into the fold, Scott Wheeler, Daseke’s CFO, said it boiled down to 10 things: “Quality, quality, quality, quality and quality. And, culture fit, culture fit, culture fit, culture fit and culture fit.”
“That’s truly how we feel,” said Daseke. “Scott pin-pointed our philosophy in the article, and that’s why we’ve been so successful. We’ll not waver from that position and it’s why our passion for this business continues to grow. The article in the DBJ really told our story and made our entire organization and our more than 3000 people within Daseke very proud.”
About Daseke Inc.:
Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc. is a flatbed, open-deck and specialty transportation company serving 49 states, Canada and Mexico. Daseke Inc. comprises Smokey Point Distributing, based in Arlington, Wash., (www.spdtrucking.com); the E.W. Wylie Corporation, based in West Fargo, N.D., (www.wylietrucking.com); J. Grady Randolph, based in Gaffney, S.C., (www.jgr-inc.com); Central Oregon Truck Company, based in Redmond, Ore., (www.centraloregontruck.com); Lone Star Transportation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, (www.lonestar-llc.com); the Boyd Companies including Boyd Bros. Transportation, based in Clayton, Ala., (www.boydbros.com); WTI Transport, based in Tuscaloosa, Ala., (www.wtitransport.com); Bulldog Hiway Express, based in Charleston, S.C. (www.bulldoghiway.com), and Hornady Transportation, based in Monroeville, Ala., (www.hornadytransportation.com).