Woodbridge, ON April 12, 2018
The Fastfrate Group of Companies is pleased to announce that Consolidated Fastfrate and CDI, its container transport division, have experienced unprecedented growth, since the company ownership changed hands from Fenway Partners to Tepper Holdings late last year. A new 80 truck contract for CDI serving the Vancouver market and a direct service offering to Vancouver Island for Consolidated Fastfrate, top the list of recent highlights for 2018.
According to Ron Tepper, Chairman and CEO, “It’s been a tough time for the transportation industry since the recession of 2008/09. It’s made us work harder, smarter and the combined efforts of our team are finally paying off. With long time company veterans Manny Calandrino heading up the Fastfrate Group and Kevin Hankinson at CDI, it is a very positive time for our group, which also includes BRS Transportation and Fastfrate Integrated Logistics. A big factor in our overall upswing is our enhanced relationship with CP Rail and the signing of the 3 year service contract at the beginning of 2018.”
CDI is seeing increased activity in the transport of Genset chassis used for temperature controlled containers at their expanded facilities in Winnipeg and Regina. They also set up operations at a new joint facility with Fastfrate in Edmonton, in the fall of 2017. Recently appointed President of CDI, Kevin Hankinson comments on their growth the past 6 months, “We have a great offering that spans from Halifax to Vancouver. We have a clear mandate for growth and have added the human resources and equipment needed to accomplish just that. Our position as a national drayage company is unique to the industry and over my 30 years with Consolidated Fastfrate and this last 6 months with CDI, I am proud to say that this once small entity, now has over 500 tractors in service, Canada-wide. The value we bring to national and international shippers, is one point of contact for anywhere in the country, as well as service capabilities in every port or rail served city in Canada.”
President and COO of the Fastfrate Group of Companies, Manny Calandrino also comments, “ Building a winning team, truly understanding our costs and creating the processes needed for sustainable growth has meant some heavy lifting and perseverance these past few years. The economic climate for transport today is as good as we have seen it in over a decade and our customers truly appreciate the breadth of services we now offer them. We have done a good job of taking the action required to realize the opportunities presented to us. It’s an exciting time for our company as we develop even closer relationships with our valued clients and suppliers. We continue to lift the bar of excellence throughout our unique blend of transportation, distribution and logistics services.”
January 22, 2018
CFF is the largest privately owned repositioner of marine containers in Canada and does so exclusively on CP rail lines according to Ron Tepper CEO of Fastfrate.
“We believe this significant event will help CP secure more steamship line business as the mathematics require revenue on the return of the containers to the ports of origin, CFF use these containers to load LTL (less than truckload) freight from Toronto and from Montreal to all cities in western Canada on behalf of its 3,000 active clients,” said Tepper.
Fastfrate is co-located with CP intermodal terminals in most major cities across the country, and Fastfrate currently ship over 40,000 TEUs a year from east to west, the agreement anticipates 150,000 TEUs over the next three years.
“CFF is one of the oldest customer relationships CP has with the two companies first entering into agreement in 1966,” said Jonathan Wahba, CP Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal. “Fastfrate has a very strong name in the market for service, and the fact CFF trusts us with their requirements speaks to our ongoing commitment to serving our customers. We continue to develop and strengthen strategic partnerships with key customers like CFF as part of our disciplined approach to sustainable, profitable growth.”
Woodbridge, Ontario, January 5, 2018
Manny Calandrino, President & COO of Consolidated Fastfrate is pleased to announce the appointment of John Oss to the position of Director Yield Management. John’s position is national in scope and he will be responsible for all pricing and assessment of margin requirements for the company.
Mr. Oss has spent his entire career in the pricing area of the transportation sector. Originally from Quebec, his early work with Cottrell Transport brought him to Toronto. Coincidently, he had held a previous pricing position with Consolidated Fastfrate in 1995. His career has given him experience in most modes of transportation with LTL being his strong suit. Manny Calandrino comments, “Now more than ever, yield management is a critical element of running a transportation company. Margins are lean and we need to understand each client’s shipment patterns to a tee. We are glad to have John back with us. He has garnered some real expertise in this area working for carriers like Challenger and Clarke. He has also held positions in third party logistics and with CP Rail. In his new position our regional pricing managers will report to him and John will be working closely with our leadership team to bring an extra level of understanding and professionalism in running our company.”
John currently resides in Cambridge with his wife, is the proud father of 2 grown children and grandfather to 3. He is active in the community and is an Officer instructing at 296 City of Cambridge Squadron (Royal Canadian Air Cadets). He attended Marianopolis College and Concordia University in Quebec and completed a Certificate in Business Administration from York University. He holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces CIC and is a proud (former serving) member of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
Commenting on his return to Fastfrate, John states,” Both Manny and Ron Tepper were there when I worked here in 1995 and I was pleased to see many other familiar faces in the pricing department, even after my long time away. That familiarity is welcome and the trust and autonomy Manny has given me to do what needs to be done is refreshing. I’m very happy to be back at Fastfrate.”
Woodbridge, Ontario, October 13, 2017
Manny Calandrino, President & COO of Consolidated Fastfrate is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Wonfor to the position of VP Sales-Ontario. Kim joined the organization earlier this year as Director Cross Border where she spearheaded Fastfrate’s expansion of their LTL services between Canada and the USA.
Ms. Wonfor has held many senior positions in the industry. After working closely with her on the Cross Border initiative Manny Calandrino comments, “Kim is a great communicator, a solid administrator who is great with detail and a natural at sales and sales management. In her new role she will still report directly to me but will now have all members of our Ontario sales and customer service team as a direct report to her. We’ve taken our time filling this position as it is an important one and I am pleased that we have Kim to take on the challenge.”
According to Calandrino, “… sales and customer service go hand-in-hand.” Ms. Wonfor further explains, “Manny is an extremely hard-working, high energy leader and we have discussed his expectations in great detail. Fortunately for me, we have a fantastic service offering unique, to the industry. Our services include intermodal, expedited trucking, transload, warehousing, drayage and logistics… coast to coast across Canada. Our Cross Border LTL program is gaining momentum too. We’ve got a great story to tell and my mission is to share it with our existing and potential customers like never before. We also hope to develop more opportunities to integrate our services to offer a more comprehensive supply chain solution to our clients. We’re all systems go at Fastfrate!”
Toronto, Ontario, October 10, 2017
Ron Tepper, Founder and CEO of Tepper Holdings Inc. (THI) and Chairman and CEO of Consolidated Fastfrate Inc. announced today that THI has acquired the outstanding Fastfrate shares held by the New York based private equity firm, Fenway Partners.
Included in the shares acquired are companies Canada Drayage Inc. (CDI), Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and Consolidated Fastfrate. According to Mr. Tepper, “We have come full circle. We sold 75% of the company to Fenway in December 07 and have now bought back those shares in two installments in March 2013 and September 2017.” Tepper adds, “I am very proud it is back in Canadian hands. I am grateful to the 1,500 people employed by Fastfrate and the extreme hard work, through some very trying times to make this purchase possible.”
CDI is the only national drayage company in Canada and serves all ports from Vancouver to Halifax. It employs a total of 400 drayage drivers and is currently experiencing fast paced growth at approximately 100 drivers per year.
Fastfrate Integrated Logistics is a 3rd party logistic operation, with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver and has expanded coverage and capacity through an extensive highway and intermodal partner carrier network.
Consolidated Fastfrate is one of Canada’s largest LTL carriers, located adjacent to CP Rail yards in every city from Montreal to Vancouver and is the largest repositioner of steamship containers on CP Rail’s line. Fastfrate also has expedited trucking services to and from all cities in Canada and currently handles in excess of 1 billion lbs of LTL freight per year.
Woodbridge, Ontario, October 6, 2017
President and COO, of Consolidated Fastfrate, Manny Calandrino, announced today that he has appointed industry veteran Kevin Hankinson as President of Canada Drayage Inc.(CDI). Mr. Hankinson has a 30 year history with the Fastfrate Group of Companies and is well versed in multi-modal operations, sales and pricing management.
Reporting directly to Manny Calandrino, Kevin has a mandate for accelerated growth. As Canada’s only national drayage company, CDI has locations coast to coast and has exciting new opportunities on the horizon that demanded focused leadership. Mr. Calandrino explains, “CDI grew their fleet by 25% last year, during times when the transportation industry has been pretty flat. I belief Kevin has the talent to realize unprecedented growth for CDI. His understanding of big picture supply chain strategy is just what we need to maximize existing and future opportunities.”
CDI currently has 8 locations which includes recent expansions into Regina and Edmonton markets. The company acts as a dedicated fleet for their customers in the areas of container transport to and from Canada’s railyards and ports. More traditional trucking requirements are fulfilled throughout Canada as well. Mr. Hankinson comments, “I’ve watched the CDI division grow steadily over my 3 decades with Fastfrate. I believe the transition from VP of Supply Chain to my new role as CDI President will be a smooth one. The day to day operations are running great which allow me to develop strategies with new and old customers alike to bring greater efficiencies into their supply chain. It’s my passion and I’m extremely pleased that Manny has entrusted me with this new role with what is likely to be our fastest growing division into the future.”
CDI shares Fastfrate’s strong relationship with CP and is situated adjacent to CP Rail yards in all of their locations. To find out more about CDI please visit their website at www.CDITrucks.com
Edmonton, Alberta, September 18, 2017
Consolidated Fastfrate is now open for business at its expanded cross dock, transload and warehousing facility in Edmonton. The new location is much closer to the CP intermodal yard and all major roadways.
Over the last 7 months since its purchase, renovations are now complete and the move took place over Labour Day weekend. The branch manager of the Edmonton terminal, Bill Shupenia, is a 40 year veteran at Fastfrate and comments, “Our old terminal was laid out for railside loading and unloading from our historical boxcar days. Our new facility is a 55 door cross dock operation, boasts a 24/7 secure warehousing component with a fully fenced, paved yard and about 6,000 sq. ft. of finished office space. We have a mandate and room for growth. We look forward to providing a more comprehensive value proposition to our customers.”
The roughly 80,000 sq. ft. facility operates around the clock, 6 days a week. A new feature that will enhance the safety and performance of their growing fleet is a 5 bay service bay for tractor, trailer and chassis service. Sister company, CDI is sharing the facility and operates over 20 power units and a versatile chassis fleet for the transport of sea and intermodal containers, of all lengths. The new CDI operation for Edmonton is headed up by David Hogan.
Fastfrate Edmonton acts primarily as an inbound terminal for intermodal and highway activity from Ontario and Quebec. Their Intrawest service continues to grow and with the proper cross dock and secure warehousing features now available, advances in transload and distribution services are expected.
“Consolidated Fastfrate has a 51-year history as a strategic partner to CP,” says Jonathan Wahba, CP’s Vice President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Grain. “They are the largest repositioner of marine containers in Canada, and we are really pleased that this new Edmonton facility will increase capacity to the northern Alberta marketplace.”
Once the Edmonton team has everything ship shape, a function will be held to show customers the improved operations at the new facility. New signage will be installed shortly and future plans include the transition to LED lighting as an energy saving measure.
August 31, 2017
Consolidated Fastfrate announced today that Bill Robinson has taken on the role of Director of Logistics for the organization. Reporting directly to Manny Calandrino, President and COO, Mr. Robinson will be responsible for growing their non-asset based logistics offering throughout North America.
Bill Robinson has an impressive track record in the logistics field, holding business development roles with Transcore, Kelron and Traffic Tech. Most recently, he was successful in growing the logistics arm of several asset based carriers. According to Manny Calandrino, “Bill was with Fastfrate previously in a sales position and we are excited to have him back in this more senior role. He understands the logistics offering at a deep level in both road and intermodal modes of transport. He has a mandate for rapid, sustainable growth and I have the utmost confidence in his abilities to do just that.”
Bill resides in Cambridge with his wife of 33 years and 3 sons. He will be based out of the Fastfrate head office facility in Woodbridge. Bill adds, “I use technology wherever possible to enhance client communications and cut down on unnecessary travel expenditures. We run a lean ship and do a good job of maximizing the efficiencies of our staff and carrier partner network. Our focus is building Fastfrate’s cross border, Mexico and intra USA presence with a heavy concentration on intermodal activities. Since starting mid-July, I’ve added some key players to our team and I’m very pleased with our growth and the positive customer response to our heightened logistics services.”
May 15, 2017
Over the last few months Consolidated Fastfrate has added three key players to their national management team. They are all based at their head office facility in Woodbridge, ON adjacent to the CP Rail terminal.
The additions cover many disciplines and gives the company added strength in process, IT, sales and their cross border initiative. The new team members include (from left to right) John King, Director of IT and Process; Mary Gervasio, National Sales Coordinator and Kim Wonfor, Director of Cross Border.
According to Fastfrate President & COO Manny Calandrino, “It’s an exciting time for our company and the new talent we have in these pivotal roles are already making a measurable difference. We are well on our way to raising the service bar higher and offering a more comprehensive solution to our customers. We are much more than an intermodal LTL carrier and it’s time we let shippers know the breadth of our service within Canada and across North America.”
April 24, 2017
Tepper Holdings Inc. (THI) announced today that Larry Cormier will be taking on the role of President/COO for BR Smith. Mr. Cormier will be working out of the company’s operational headquarters, now integrated within the Consolidated Fastfrate head office facility in Woodbridge, Ontario.
Larry’s strengths include new trucking initiatives, restructuring, mergers and implementing profitable growth strategies. He has held multiple VP and President positions during his career at; Aim Integrated, Apex Motor Express, Challenger, Fastrax, and most recently SNX Advance Logistics. Larry will be reporting directly to Fastfrate President/COO, Manny Calandrino and states, “I’m excited about running an asset-based carrier again, especially one that has made such an undeniable mark on the industry. As part of the Fastfrate Group of Companies, I believe I can play on their well-established Canadian network to take BR Smith on a journey of expansion and heightened service to our customers.”
BR Smith has a rich history in truckload transportation dating back to 1947. Today the company maintains its specialty in multi-axle, heavy weight loads and utilizes vans, reefers and flatbed equipment to serve a wide range of industries. Their coverage has expanded to points throughout Canada and the USA. Manny Calandrino explains, “Larry Cormier came highly recommended and has experience in LTL, Truckload, Logistics and Dedicated trucking management. With an extensive background in sales, marketing and operations, he was the perfect candidate to head up the revitalization and expansion of this historic trucking icon in our industry.”
George Bichara, a 23 year veteran of the Fastfrate Group was also appointed VP of Commercial Development for BR Smith. George was formally VP Special Projects for Fastfrate and according to Ron Tepper, CEO of THI “George has been a significant part of our success for over two decades. I believe his new role at BR Smith will continue to shape our growth and performance.” Mr. Tepper adds, “Along with the new management at BR Smith, the company has the financial resources of THI and the extended management, equipment and facility resources of Fastfrate at their full disposal. Our objective for BR Smith and our other companies is to greatly expand our presence and efficiency in both domestic and U.S. markets.”
For further details on this announcement or the companies involved please visit their respective websites at www.brsmith.com, www.fastfrate.com, www.tepperholdings.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 19, 2016
Consolidated Fastfrate (Fastfrate) is pleased to announce the appointment of Manny Calandrino to the position of President and COO for the Fastfrate Group of companies. The group consists of four operating entities including Fastfrate, Fastfrate Integrated Logistics, Canada Drayage Inc. (CDI) and Bruce R Smith.
Reporting directly to Ron Tepper, Executive Chairman and CEO, Mr. Calandrino will have full operating responsibility for the group of companies. According to Ron Tepper, “Manny has been with us for over 30 years and has his finger on the pulse of our organization. He was most recently Executive VP for Eastern Canada and was extremely successful in managing and accelerating growth in the region. I am confident Manny will be well received by our management team and the marketplace. He has a passion for getting things done and done well.”
The change in management structure is in direct response to Fastfrate Group’s significant growth in their supply chain business, logistics offering and most recently its cross border LTL service across continental USA. The new Cross Border service links the company’s Canada-wide infrastructure through a hub and spoke distribution model, in partnership with AAA Cooper and other strategic U.S. carriers.
Fastfrate is also pleased to announce the appointment of Alfonso Triolo to the position of Vice President Quebec region, for the Fastfrate Group of companies. Alfonso has been with the company for 18 years, in several management positions, the latest being General Manager, Quebec. He has tremendous operating experience and knows the Quebec market very well. Alfonso will report directly to Manny Calandrino, President and COO. Both announcements officially take effect on January 1, 2017.
December 06, 2016
Consolidated Fastfrate (Fastfrate) has 50 years of service and a coast to coast Canadian infrastructure of facilities, rolling assets and personnel. The official announcement today of their asset-based, Cross Border service has been in development over the last year and utilizes several strategic U.S. partners.
Ron Tepper, CEO of Fastfrate states, “We are a private company, responsive to the requirements of our customers. We were careful to align with like-minded, asset-based LTL partners. Each partner carrier has specific regional USA strengths and combined, give us complete coverage of the continental USA. We are very pleased to offer this expanded service option to our customers on both sides of the border. We see it as a game changer for our organization.”
Utilizing a hub and spoke distribution model, the company is able to integrate their Canada–wide infra structure into their hand-picked, U.S. partner network. LTL dry good commodities of 1-4 skids are their focus. They are participants in all the required Homeland Security initiatives and Customs procedures to cross the Canada/USA border efficiently.
October 05, 2016
September 26, 2016 marked the official 50th birthday of Consolidated Fastfrate. Celebrations were focused on the 1,700 employees that make up the organization at each of their locations from Vancouver to Newfoundland/Labrador.
Nearly 200 employees were honoured with awards at the festivities for their over 20 years of service to the company. Those with over 40 years of service were presented with their commemorative award by CEO, Ron Tepper at select Fastfrate locations. All employees and drivers received a limited edition polo shirt branded with the 50th logo, along with a lapel pin showing years of service. Additional celebration elements included special anniversary trailer wraps dispersed throughout the country and a special edition newsletter that had each location sharing their story as part of the national LTL provider’s historic occasion.
Mr. Tepper commented on Fastfrate’s Canada-wide celebrations, “It’s been an interesting journey building this company and often reinventing ourselves to stay current with customer demands. Special moments like this 50th celebration make it all worthwhile. I am very proud to celebrate our history and lead this group into a future that includes many exciting new challenges. Positioning our company as a solutions provider that delivers a cohesive and integrated menu of transportation and distribution services lies directly ahead of us.“
In addition to the employee events, Fastfrate presented 88 customers with awards, who have supported Fastfrate for over 10 years with $150,000 or more of yearly revenue. Also, a personalized Thank You was sent, relative to the 50th celebration, to their top 200 customers.
A commemorative timeline was created and can be viewed on the Fastfrate website highlighting milestones of the company’s history. The special edition 50th anniversary newsletter is also available for viewing and download on www.Fastfrate.com
October 14, 2016
Consolidated Fastfrate (Fastfrate) announced today a series of investments totaling nearly 20 million dollars. These purchases include a new 10 million dollar facility in Edmonton, a 1.5 million dollar expansion at their current Winnipeg facility and the addition of 238 intermodal chassis (5.5 million) to their container transport operations.
Ron Tepper, CEO of Fastfrate explains, “These are exciting times for our company. We believe in our future and continue to invest in our Canada-wide network of asset based LTL road and rail services. But more than that, we are putting our considerable knowledge and experience into creating ‘thinking solutions’ geared to our customers’ more sophisticated transportation and distribution requirements.”
The facility investment in Winnipeg and Edmonton follows new Fastfrate facilities in Regina and Moncton. As well, Fastfrate will soon be announcing their expansion in the U.S. through strategic partnerships with a select group of regional niche players. Mr. Tepper adds, “No privately held transportation provider has our particular combination of facilities, resources and talent. We are truly a multi-faceted transportation and distribution network, coast to coast in Canada.“
September 22, 2016