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Trimac executes fourth acquisition this year

Aug. 24, 2023
Addition of Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking in Tennessee follows earlier purchases of Jacknife, Transport Sylvain, and AIP Logistics—all in the last five months

Trimac Transportation is growing once again in 2023.

The Canadian tank truck carrier recently executed its four acquisition of the year, purchasing the family-owned Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking in Gleason, Tennessee, in a deal that includes 111 trucks, 118 trailers, and 95 employees.

Trimac added Jacknife Oilfield Services in July, Transport Sylvain Lasalle in May, and American Industrial Partners (AIP) Logistics in April. The Sylvain and AIP acquisitions included a combined 41 tractors and 149 trailers. Jacknife came with 154 employees.

“In acquiring Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking, we are not just adding another company to our portfolio, we are integrating three quarters of a century’s worth of experience, knowledge, and legacy into the Trimac family,” Matt Faure, Trimac president and CEO, said in a news release. “This fourth acquisition of 2023 symbolizes not just growth, but a continuation of our commitment to excellence.”

Doyle Sims, formed in 1949, primarily operates in the South, Southeast, and Midwest U.S. The asset-based carrier specializes in transportation of non-hazardous and non-food grade products in pneumatic, liquid, dump, and hopper trailers, Trimac said. Products include clay, sand, oils, and other non-hazmat products.

The company also offers brokerage services under DSS Logistics.

See also: Trimac takes on Jacknife Oilfield Services

The acquisition of Jacknife added heavy crude and oilfield hauling services in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Sylvain specializes in hauling propane and butane for distributors and end users in Eastern Canada, and AIP’s Central Ohio-based tank truck operations include bulk terminal services, transportation, and warehousing for the plastics, liquid chemical, food-grade storage, and metal production industries.

Doyle Sims’s son, David Sims, joined the family business in 1982 and was majority owner prior to the acquisition. Current CEO Johnny Wagster, who joined the company in 1998 and helped double the fleet's size from 64 trucks to 120, will remain involved in the business, Trimac said. The fleet averages 8 million miles and more than 18,000 loads per year. Much of their customer business consists of moving clay, kaolin, sand, dolomite, and limestone.

The company’s headquarters has two shop bays, a wash bay, and an administrative office. Doyle Sims also is a fellow member of the SmartWay transport partnership.

“Together, we will continue to uphold the highest standards of safety, efficiency, and sustainability, while better serving our customers across the Gulf Coast and Southeast region of the U.S.,” Faure concluded. “The road ahead is paved with opportunity, and with the addition of Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking, we accelerate toward a stronger, more resilient future for our industry.”

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