Hornady Transportation Merges with Daseke

ADDISON, Texas, Aug. 10, 2015 -- Daseke Inc., of Addison, Texas, has announced that a second carrier has merged with them in just over a month. Hornady Transportation is the newest member of Daseke, joining Bulldog Hiway Express, which merged with Daseke in July. Daseke is the largest owner of flatbed, open-deck and specialty trucking capacity in North America with more than 3,000 tractors and 6,000 trailers.

Hornady Transportation of Monroeville, Ala., which has a terminal in Birmingham, operates a fleet of 230 late-model tractors and 325 flatbed trailers. The company operates east of the Rocky Mountains primarily supporting the building products and steel industries. Hornady joins the Daseke team including Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wylie, J. Grady Randolph, Central Oregon Truck Company, Lone Star Transportation, Bulldog Hiway Express and the Boyd Companies (including Boyd Bros. Transportation, WTI Transport, and Mid Seven Transportation).

Hornady Transportation was founded by G.E. Hornady in 1928, later led by B.C. Hornady and is now in its third generation of leadership under Chris Hornady. According to Chris, “By joining with Don Daseke and our new sister companies, I know we will continue on with a people-first tradition. We are excited to join forces with Daseke, because our philosophies are a mirror image. We will grow with our existing management team while having access to all of the assets of Daseke. Our combined group purchasing power will make us much more efficient and competitive in the marketplace. What’s more, we’re looking forward to sharing best practices and learning from the other operating companies. When you bring it all together, we have a recipe for strong growth.”

“We continue to grow with elite flatbed and specialty carriers,” said Don Daseke, CEO and chairman of Daseke. “They’re cut from the same cloth as our other companies. Hornady is a well-regarded, third-generation family business with an enviable safety record. They care about their people and love this industry. It’s exciting to have them on board.”

“We have a disciplined approach to business and many of our customers have been with us for twenty-five or more years,” said Hornady. “We’re very much about customer service and treating our customers right. And we’re very much concerned with consistently and safely delivering our customer’s freight. We were recently honored with the Alabama Trucking Associations Engineers Award for excelling in our commitment to driver safety and a safe work environment. And, we have a consistent track record of being formally recognized by the insurance industry for our safety record.”

Chris highlights, “We hold our drivers in deep regard and we are always looking for ways to make their lives better." 

About Daseke Inc.:
Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc. is a flatbed, open-deck and specialty trucking company serving 49 states, Canada and Mexico. Daseke Inc. comprises of 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); Mid Seven Transportation, based in Des Moines, Iowa, (www.mid7.com); Bulldog Hiway Express, based in Charleston, S.C. (www.bulldoghiway.com); and Hornady Transportation, based in Monroeville, Ala., (www.hornadytransportation.com).


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