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Hornady Transportation merges with Daseke Inc.


Monday, August 10, 2015
Hornady Transportation's fleet of 230 late-model tractors and 325 flatbed trailers run east of the Rocky Mountains from the company's terminal in Birmingham. The Monroeville, Alabama-based company primarily supports the building products and steel industries. (Courtesy: HORNADY TRANSPORTATION)
Hornady Transportation's fleet of 230 late-model tractors and 325 flatbed trailers run east of the Rocky Mountains from the company's terminal in Birmingham. The Monroeville, Alabama-based company primarily supports the building products and steel industries. (Courtesy: HORNADY TRANSPORTATION)

ADDISON, Texas — Daseke Inc. Monday said that a second carrier has merged with them in just over a month.

Hornady Transportation is the newest member of Daseke, joining Bulldog Hiway Express, which merged with Daseke in July.

Daseke is the largest owner of flatbed, open-deck and specialty trucking capacity in North America with more than 3,000 tractors and 6,000 trailers.

Hornady Transportation, headquartered in Monroeville, Alabama with a terminal in Birmingham, operates a fleet of 230 late-model tractors and 325 flatbed trailers. The company operates east of the Rocky Mountains primarily supporting the building products and steel industries.

Hornady joins the Daseke team that includes Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wylie, J. Grady Randolph, Central Oregon Truck Company, Lone Star Transportation, Bulldog Hiway Express and the Boyd Companies (Boyd Bros. Transportation, WTI Transport, and Mid Seven Transportation).

Hornady Transportation was founded by G.E. Hornady in 1928, later led by B.C. Hornady and is now in its third generation of leadership under Chris Hornady.

“By joining with Don Daseke and our new sister companies, I know we will continue on with a people-first tradition,” Chris Hornady said. “We are excited to join forces with Daseke, because our philosophies are a mirror image. We will grow with our existing management team while having access to all of the assets of Daseke. Our combined group purchasing power will make us much more efficient and competitive in the marketplace. What’s more, we’re looking forward to sharing best practices and learning from the other operating companies. When you bring it all together, we have a recipe for strong growth.”

“We continue to grow with elite flatbed and specialty carriers,” said Don Daseke, CEO and chairman of Daseke. “They’re cut from the same cloth as our other companies. Hornady is a well-regarded, third-generation family business with an enviable safety record. They care about their people and love this industry. It’s exciting to have them on board.”

Hornady said his company’s disciplined approach to business has led many customers to stay with the company 25 years or more.

“We’re very much about customer service and treating our customers right. And we’re very much concerned with consistently and safely delivering our customers’ freight,” Hornady said. “We were recently honored with the Alabama Trucking Associations Engineers Award for excelling in our commitment to driver safety and a safe work environment. And, we have a consistent track record of being formally recognized by the insurance industry for our safety record. We hold our drivers in deep regard and we are always looking for ways to make their lives better."

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