Seaway News: Seaway Express rolls into its next 25 years
June 11, 2015
CORNWALL, Ontario – The family-run company that started as an overnight transport service between eastern Ontario and Quebec with a single five-ton truck is celebrating 25 years in the fast
From left are Ian McLeod, Mayor of South Glengarry, Linda Gauthier, Seaway Express, Bob Gauthier, Seaway Express, Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, Leslie O’Shaughnessy, Mayor of Cornwall, and Melanie Hamel, Seaway Express at the transport company’s 25th anniversary celebration event on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Founded in May 1990 by Bob and Linda Gauthier, Seaway Express has grown to a fleet of 25 trucks and 55 employees, with drivers, dock workers, office staff and in-house mechanics, in addition to cross-dock facilities and managing 200,000 square feet of warehousing space.
“We have the same equipment and trucks as other companies,” said Bob Gauthier. “What really sets us apart is the quality of our team. You get the best people in the business, treat them well and with respect and let them shine. I’m just the coach.”
For the second year in a row, the trucking company recently won the Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazine’s Shipper’s Choice Award.
In 2010, Seaway Express welcomed the next generation when Melanie Hamel began working alongside her father as a sales & marketing representative.
The now-general manager, who has a degree in journalism and business from Carleton University, was recently profiled in Today’s Trucking magazine’s ‘20 under 40’ feature.
Since 1999, Seaway Express has held an unflinching 97 per cent safety excellence rating with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Its headquarters also sits among some of the biggest distribution centers in Ontario.