Manitoulin Global Forwarding announced that it has acquired Can-Tran Intl. Inc., an international freight-forwarding enterprise, based in Leduc, Alberta. This is the second business based in Western Canada to be acquired by Manitoulin in the last two months, demonstrating its commitment to extend its reach in that region.

Founded in 1985 Can-Tran Intl. Inc. provides a full suite of solutions to Alberta clientele, including freight forwarding, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and distribution and warehousing. With the majority of its customers in the oil and gas industry, Can-Tran has gained significant expertise in complex project moves, especially those involving drill rigs. All Can-Tran employees will remain with the company.

“Can-Tran is a natural fit for us, for three reasons,” said Dwayne Hihn, president, Manitoulin Global Forwarding.  “First, it is a major player in Western Canada, with a solid base of loyal clients.  Second, it specializes in the oil and gas industry, a growth-sector we already service and which we intend to build on in future years. Third, its corporate culture mirrors Manitoulin’s, with its unswerving commitment to meeting customers’ unique needs.”

“We are excited about the merger,” said Barry Young, former President of Can-Tran Intl.  “We can feel confident that the customers we have had the privilege to serve for many years will now enjoy even greater flexibility and reliability by being able to access the full suite of services offered by the Manitoulin Group.”

The acquisition of Can-Tran Intl. comes on the heels of Manitoulin’s acquisition of Regina-based freight forwarder Beler International, a company that serves clients around the world in the agricultural machinery marketplace.

A member of the Manitoulin Group of Companies, Manitoulin Global Forwarding is an international freight forwarder servicing more than 180 countries worldwide. Through its international network of agents, Manitoulin provides global and local customized solutions that meet customers’ supply chain objectives.  Manitoulin has offices located in Toronto, Montreal, Regina and Edmonton.