Daseke Inc. of Addison, Texas, and Clayton, Ala.-based Boyd Bros. Transportation have announced a merger, creating one of the largest open-deck/specialty fleets in North America.
“Combined with our other companies – which include Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wylie, J. Grady Randolph Inc., and Central Oregon Truck Co. – more than 2,000 tractors and 3,600 trailers are available to our customers,” said Don Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke. “The combination puts us well into the top five in open-deck/specialty carriers.”
The merger also includes Boyd Bros. companies: WTI Transport, based in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Mid Seven Transportation, based in Des Moines, Iowa; Boyd Intermodal; and Boyd Logistics.
According to Chris Cooper, COO of Boyd Bros., Boyd Bros. and its companies will remain intact with no personnel changes expected resulting from the merger.
Don Daseke will be chairman of the board, and Richard Bailey, president of Boyd Bros., will join the Daseke board as vice chairman. Chris Cooper will also join the board.