Daseke merges with R&R Trucking

By Land Line staff | 9/5/2017

Daseke, the largest owner of flatbed and specialized transportation solutions in North America, announced a merger with R&R Trucking, a leading specialized transporter of defense and commercial arms, ammunitions and explosives cargo.

This marks Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc.’s fourth company addition since May 1.

R&R Trucking Inc., which was founded in 1988 and based in Joplin, Mo., uses primarily team drivers to move specialty cargo that requires unique training and security clearances.

“With over 3,800 tractors and over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailers, Daseke is the largest owner of flatbed and specialized equipment in North America, yet accounts for less than 1 percent of the highly fragmented $133 billion in flatbed and specialized freight market,” Daseke President and CEO Don Daseke said in a news release. “We took Daseke public in February of this year to accelerate our vision of building North America’s premier flatbed and specialized transportation company. We continue to attract top-tier companies to join us as we build upon our national scale and further enhance the synergies throughout our unique transportation network.”

Earlier this year, Daseke acquired Schilli Cos., Remington, Ind.; Big Freight Systems, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Steelman Cos., Springfield, Mo.

“Our highly-credentialed expert team drivers are proud to serve our country,” R&R President and CEO Phil Nelson said in a news release. “I knew this was going to be one of the best opportunities the company would ever have. We are going to continue to do what we do best, but now we will have all the support and benefits of being a Daseke company, like consolidated purchasing power and collaboration with our top-quality sister companies.”

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