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 email@example.com
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