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CANADA’S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES – 2016

March 9th, 2017.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited is pleased to announce that we have retained our PLATINUM CLUB STATUS for the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program for the calendar year of 2016, announced by Deloitte LLP and the National Post newspaper.

This award represents the 14th consecutive year that Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines has won this prestigious honour, eight of which have been at the Platinum level. Membership is exclusive to Canada’s leading organizations that have been best Managed companies for seven years or more.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million dollars annually.

Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.

Special Reminder – SHIPMENTS TO-FROM NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

December 8th, 2016

The Government of Newfoundland & Labrador delivered its budget on July 22, 2016, which included many budgetary items, but more specifically highlighted several tax increase items that would affect transportation service providers to and from the province.

There are several items that will impact the cost of operations which include but not limited to a new or increased tax on diesel fuel, gasoline and commercial insurance, all of which will impact the cost of servicing the province.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines have since this announcement maintained a steady course and elected to see what the real impact of these imposed taxes would reflect. More specifically we elected to wait and see what some of our carrier partners and or interline partners would elect to do as a result. Some interline partners have been billing a surcharge since the official announcement was made in late July.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines have no ability to control these imposed increases and have determined the need to implement a “Newfoundland Tax Surcharge” effective September 1st, 2016 as follows. This surcharge will be applied to all contracted and non-contracted customers.

INBOUND-OUTBOUND NEWFOUNDLAND: 1% on truckload and less than truckload shipments.

These circumstances are completely out of our control and regrettably must be implemented with the intent to simply recoup the significant increase in operating costs to and from the province.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

MARITIME-ONTARIO FREIGHT LINES ANNOUNCES A NEW & IMPROVED SERVICE SCHEDULE FOR FRESH & FROZEN TRAFFIC BOUND FOR WESTERN CANADA.

DATED: NOVEMBER 25TH, 2016.
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited (M-O) is pleased to announce three (3) new weekly departures for FRESH & FROZEN (LTL) traffic bound for western Canada effective immediately.
This new operating schedule will reflect departures from Brampton, Ontario to principal cites in western Canada every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. M-O will be providing daily pick-up service as noted in the attached “SHIPPING SCHEDULE”.
For customers in the province of Quebec M-O will provide daily pick-up service with connections being made in Brampton for furtherance to western Canada. To ensure the integrity of the interline connection in Brampton, pick-ups in the greater Montreal area will have to be completed the day prior to the Brampton departure noted above, (IE) Monday for Tuesday, Wednesday for Thursday and Friday for Saturday.
This significant service announcement is a further testimony of Maritime-Ontario’s commitment to its customers to drive value and enhance service where possible each and every day.
This new service initiative is supported by the recent announcement dated June 13th, 2016 when Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines announced the purchase of 250 new domestic intermodal containers, comprised of 125 reefers and 125 heated units.

MARITIME-ONTARIO FREIGHT LINES TO OPEN VANCOUVER TERMINAL

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July 12th 2016

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited (“M-O”) is pleased to announce the opening of our new Vancouver terminal and office located at 10288 Grace Road, Surrey, BC, in the Pacific Link Business Park in the month of August 2016.This location has become synonymous as Metro Vancouver’s premier freight handling hub allowing for convenient access to the South Fraser Perimeter Road which links Deltaport Terminal to the west and the Trans-Canada highway to the east, with easy access to all points within Metro Vancouver, and with close proximity to both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways.

This State-of-the-Art cross-dock facility features the latest in building technology & design.  It is situated on a 16.42 acre site, with 8,600 square feet of office and warehouse comprising 78 truck level doors and 1 grade door ramp. 
The site is fully paved, fenced, and lighted with manned security gates, card reader access and CCTV security camera surveillance throughout yard, office and warehouse.   Additionally, the facility has a back-up electrical power generator and on-site weigh scale, an important tool to ensure conformity to the stringent provincial and municipal vehicle weight regulations.
M-O has been servicing western Canada for 15 years.  Our new Surrey facility is a testimony to M-O’s commitment to continually invest in infrastructure and demonstrates our commitment to better service our clients in the lower mainland of British Columbia.  This follows other major investments in M-O’s IT platform in 2014; the opening of our new $18.5 million dollar Moncton NB hub in October 2015 and recently announced purchase of 250 (53’) foot domestic intermodal refrigerated and heated logistic equipped containers, coming on-line in the 3rd quarter of this year.
For more than 50 years M-O has been a leader in the Canadian transportation industry, specifically in the LTL and TL sectors providing seamless service solutions from coast to coast with a reputation for service excellence and innovation.  M-O remains committed to providing sustainable and efficient transportation alternatives to current and perspective customers in the province of British Columbia.

For further information please contact:

Doug Munro, President
(905) 792-6134 or dmunro@m-o.com

Steve Snow, Vice-President Sales & Marketing
(905) 792-6154 or ssnow@m-o.com

M-O INVESTS IN 250 NEW DOMESTIC INTERMODAL CONTAINERS

Date: June 7th 2016

Brampton, Ontario.

M-O INVESTS IN 250 NEW DOMESTIC INTERMODAL CONTAINERS

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited (M-O) is pleased to announce the purchase of 250 fifty-three (53) foot domestic intermodal containers from CIMC based in Qingdao, China. This significant investment is comprised of 125 heated and 125 refrigerated containers.  The heaters and reefers will be supplied by Carrier Transicold of Athens Georgia.  This addition to M-O’s intermodal fleet demonstrates its commitment to service clients with the best equipment available and further validates M-O’s commitment to provide sustainable and efficient transportation alternatives to customers. The containers are currently in production and are expected to be in service by the 3rd quarter of 2016.

All units will be equipped with the M-O’s unique “Captive Beam Logistic-Loading System” and ibright telematics.  ibright telematics provide remote control, real-time temperature monitoring; real-time customer monitoring of goods in transit; out of temperature range alerts; remote fuel monitoring and alerts; GPS and geofence tracking; as well as two-way communication to change unit settings while in transit.   The refrigerated containers are equipped with Carrier Vector 8500 model hybrid units utilizing both diesel and electricity, further demonstrating M-O’s commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions where possible.

For more than 50 years Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines has been a leader in the transportation industry, specifically in the LTL and TL sectors with a reputation for service excellence and innovation. This investment in equipment follows a significant investment in the company’s IT platform (Truck-Mate), and the recent opening of its new Moncton NB HUB reflecting an investment of $18.5 Million dollars in the 4th QT 2015.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines is honored to have been selected as one of Canada ’s Best Managed Companies (Platinum Club Member) for 2015 by Deloitte LLP, CIBC and the National Post. This award represents the 13th consecutive year M-O has won this prestigious award, seven of which have been at the Platinum level.

CANADA’S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES – 2015 PLATINUM Club Member

Date: March 29th, 2016

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited is again honored to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies (Platinum Club Member) for 2015, announced recently by Deloitte LLP and the National Post newspaper.
This award represents the 13th consecutive year that Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines has won this prestigious honor, seven of which have be as a Platinum Club Member 2009 through 2015. Platinum Club Member winners are those companies that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more.
Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million.
Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.

MARITIME-ONTARIO MOVES FORWARD WITH $18.5 MILLION HUB TERMINAL IN MONCTON, N.B.Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Date: July, 17 2014

Page: C2
Section: International
Byline: James Foster Times & Transcript
A national trucking company has begun work on a state-of-the-art transportation hub on Berry Mills Road that will allow it to grow significantly in Moncton, both now and in the future.
"We're looking at opening next summer or in the early fall of next year," Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Ltd. president Doug Munro said yesterday.
Nova Scotia-born and Brampton, Ontario based M-O searched for three years for the ideal location for its next leap forward. The company found it at its new location, chosen because of the proximity to CN's inter-modal network next to the Moncton Industrial Developments Park, and to the Trans-Canada Highway. The location will also allow the company to expand its use of double trailers, increasing efficiency and, as it expects, business.
The new site comprises more than 46 acres near the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste property, fronting Berry Mills Road. The firm is developing 18 acres for now. While rumors have run rampant that a second trucking firm would move onto the rest of the property, Munro said that's not the case. M-O will use the rest of the land for future growth.
"That's a big site for trucking," Munro said. "This represents a big commitment for us."
To compare, M-O's current presence in Caledonia Industrial Estates is but a tiny fraction of the size of the new location under construction now.
When it is finished, the $18.5-million hub will feature an attractive, pre-cast concrete and glass building of two storeys in height and dozens of docks on a roller-compacted concrete site.
Because of space restrictions at their current site, the firm mostly serves the immediate Metro Moncton market. With the new facility, M-O will be able to cater to companies looking to ship multiple trailers of goods as well as partial loads, and at the same time serve as a transfer point for inbound freight from points west for distribution all over the Maritimes.
The building will feature the latest technology in the industry in a modern building featuring 12-foot (3.6-metre) high ceilings in pristine surroundings, all designed to attract the top talent in the industry and keep them with M-O throughout their careers in a field where human resources can prove a challenge.
"We're building it that way so that our staff will hopefully enjoy working there," Munro said.
Several jobs are expected to be created by M-O's expansion, with new positions created both in the office as well as on the road. Sales, dispatching, administration, driver support and the full range of services necessary for this type of operation will be based in the building.
The firm does a significant amount of business with the food industry, so the modern, clean building and paved freight yard allows M-O to outwardly project its commitment to cleanliness and attention to detail that those types of clients are looking for in a carrier. "We find that our customers demand these types of facilities," Munro said.
M-O's roots began in Nova Scotia in 1962, providing less-than-truckload and full truckload service between Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. The company expanded the network into Western Canada to establish a comprehensive terminal network from coast to coast. Over that time, M-O created multiple divisions allowing them maximum flexibility, including M-O FreightWORKS, M-O COLDchain, M-O DedicatedWORKS, M-O PaperXPRESS, M-O LogisticWORKS and Bulk Services.

MARITIME-ONTARIO CONFIRMS THEIR COMMITMENT TO REDUCING ITS ENVIRONMENT FOOTPRINT

Date: APRIL 13TH,2013

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO.
M-O recognizes the need to stay at the forefront of technology including the ongoing commitment to reduce where possible, its environment footprint.

We are proud to announce in collaboration with Brampton based C.M. Lighting Limited, that a complete renewal of the Brampton operating terminal lighting system has been completed. This retro-fit includes the installation of a new high efficiency lighting system replacing the inefficient existing dock fixtures with new T5HO fluorescent technologies. Included with this upgrade, is the installation of an auto shutoff for each lamp when activity is dormant.

The new fluorescent lighting technology will provide several important benefits with the most notable being a 61% reduction in the consumption of electricity.
Maritime-Ontario is committed to making a difference, and strive to ensure all employees understand the importance that they do their utmost to minimize the impact of carbon emissions where possible.

For more than 50 years Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines has been a leader in the transportation industry, specifically the LTL and TL sectors with a reputation for innovation and service excellence. Maritime-Ontario (M-O) have the resources and expertise to meet the many industry requirements operating numerous diverse divisions providing tailored solutions to each and every one of our valued customers.

Maritime Ontario Freight Lines Invests $7.0 Million in new equipment

Date: April 8th, 2013

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines is pleased to announced the purchase of 190 x 53’ highway trailers from Vanguard National Trailer Corporation based in Mono, Indiana. These new highway trailers will be in service prior to the end of April 2013, demonstrating our commitment to service our clients with some of the best trailer equipment in the industry.
These units have been purpose built for Maritime-Ontario with 80 units equipped with a Tri Axle wheel configuration, insulated for protective service and the Maritime-Ontario captive beam logistic loading system. These units will operate within the general freight division of the company branded as M-O FreightWorks. The remaining 110 units are equipped with a tandem wheel configuration and will be operated in the dedicated division of Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines.
For more than 50 years Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines has been a leader in the transportation industry, specifically in the LTL and TL sectors with a reputation for innovation and service excellence. Maritime-Ontario (M-O) have the resources and expertise to meet the many industry requirements operating numerous diverse divisions providing tailored solutions to each and every one of our valued customers.

2012 BEST MANAGED COMPANIES – PLATINUM

Date: February 26, 2013

MARITIME-ONTARIO FREIGHT LINES
2012 BEST MANAGED COMPANIES – PLATINUM

Maritime Ontario Freight Lines Limited is honoured to have been awarded for the ninth consecutive year the PLATINUM CLUB Membership as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. This prestigious award is restricted to the elite corps of organizations who have been Best Managed companies for six consecutive years or more.

Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO forums, is a national awards program recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applications are reviewed by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.

For more than 50 years, Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines has been a leader in the transportation industry, specifically in the LTL and TL sectors with a reputation for innovation and service excellence. M-O have the resources and expertise to meet the many industry requirements operating numerous diverse divisions providing tailored solutions to each and every one of our valued customers.