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Fastfrate Group Boosts Crossborder Service Offering with Purchase of Bestway Cartage and Bestway Global

Woodbridge, Ontario, August 10, 2020

Fastfrate Group is excited to announce its acquisition of cross border carrier, Bestway Cartage Limited and Bestway Global Limited, effective August 1st, 2020. Bestway has been serving Ontario and the USA since 1976 and over the years have established a strong presence in key U.S. markets. The development of this purchase began approximately two years ago, however discussions started picking up once Bestway relocated into Fastfrate’s Woodbridge facility in September of 2019.

President and CEO of Fastfrate Group, Manny Calandrino is thrilled with this latest addition to their group of companies and explains, “There couldn’t be a better fit for us right now. As our group continues to grow and build momentum, the next logical step was to increase our foothold in the USA marketspace. Bestway brings a lot of great experience and relationships to our group, allowing us to better-serve our customers on both sides of the border.”

Fastfrate Group consists of four companies including Fastfrate, CDI, Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and Bestway. The ever-growing group continues to take an asset-based approach to transportation and combines the unique strengths of each company to provide end-to-end solutions for their diverse customer-base. Mr. Calandrino adds, “It’s all about providing simple and seamless service. The integration of Bestway into our operation allows us to keep all north and south-bound shipments in our care and control from pickup to delivery.” Manny continues, “A closed-loop method for crossborder shipments reduces the amount of touch, accelerates transit times and keeps the process very simple for our customers.”


COVID-19 Updates

June 01, 2020

Coming Back to work Safely
To all Fastfrate and CDI Employees, Suppliers, and Customers...

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May 4, 2020

Canada Drayage Statement Concerning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As a valued customer of Canada Drayage, we are reaching out to you to share some important updates as it relates to our business continuity readiness during these highly uncertain times...

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May 4, 2020

Consolidated Fastfrate’s Statement Concerning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As a valued customer of Consolidated Fastfrate we are reaching out to you to share some important updates as it relates to our business continuity readiness during these highly uncertain times...

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March 23, 2020

Message to our Customers during the COVID-19 virus outbreak
Dear Valued Customer:
We are all living in a very challenging and scary time, both at home and at work. News updates about the virus come out hourly and the situation changes day by day, with all of us doing our best to adapt...

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March 17, 2020

Dear Valued Customer:
Fastfrate Group is committed to the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate. We are closely monitoring guidance by World Health Organization and information provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada...

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Fastfrate November Newsletter (Click here to view our special edition Newsletter for Fall 2018)

November 12, 2018

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Fastfrate Group announces Fastfrate Linehaul, a dedicated truckload service

Woodbridge, Ontario, October 15, 2018

Fastfrate Linehaul

Fastfrate Group announced today they have fully merged the BRS Transportation operation into the Consolidated Fastfrate operation effective October 15th, 2018. They have re-allocated these BRS resources throughout the various Fastfrate divisions to maximize utility for current future growth.

Fastfrate Linehaul was directly established from the merger to provide shippers with a contract- based truckload offering. Equipment can be designed to their customers’ exact specifications and the Fastfrate Linehaul division will operate in both Canada and the USA. Fastfrate Linehaul is fully CTPAT ,PIP,FAST and ACE approved with full satellite tracking on all tractors and trailer and is ELD compliant.

President and CEO, Manny Calandrino explains, “We have just come off a banner year and the merger of BRS into our various operations has given us added and immediate capacity where it was needed most. Fastfrate Linehaul is not an ad hoc truckload service. It is a more strategic highway offering that will foster deeper, long term relationships in new areas, for the Fastfrate Group.

Fastfrate Appoints New VP Prairie Region

Calgary, Alberta, June 12, 2018

Richard Rose

Manny Calandrino, President and CEO, Fastfrate Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Rose to the newly created position of VP Prairie Region. Based out of Calgary, Richard will be responsible for all Fastfrate activities In Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He will also oversee Thunder bay, ON and Kelowna, BC.

Richard Rose came to Fastfrate as the Calgary terminal manager in the fall of 2016. Previous to that, he held management positions within the various courier divisions of TFI and other carriers. Richard comments on the transition, “Calgary is the largest of our western facilities. Besides being a destination terminal for the balance of Canada, my mandate is to grow our intra-west activities within our Western Canada network. The shipment immediacy and technological support of the courier environment prepared me well for my new role at Fastfrate. Identifying best practices throughout the Western region, heightening intra-branch communication and preparing for the integration of a more robust technology structure is definitely in my wheelhouse. I look forward to the challenge.”

Richard lives with his wife and two children just north of Calgary in the city of Airdrie, AB (population 65,000). He coaches his son’s baseball team and is actively involved in setting up an organized baseball league for youth in Alberta. Richard is part of Fastfrate’s leadership team and reports directly to Manny Calandrino who states, “Giving autonomy to the Western Region through this new VP position was a critical part of our growth strategy. Like the rest of our leadership team, Richard has a hands-on management style and has already injected positive energy into achieving our goals in the West and for our company overall.”

Fastfrate Appoints New VP BC Region

Vancouver, British Columbia, June 12, 2018

Tony Kelly

Manny Calandrino, President and CEO, Fastfrate Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Kelly to the newly created position of VP BC Region. Based out of Vancouver, Tony will be responsible for the Vancouver and Vancouver Island terminal locations.

Mr. Kelly has an extensive background in transportation, distribution and logistics that has taken him around the globe. Before coming to Fastfrate as Vancouver terminal manager, Tony was the Western Regional manager for XPO Logistics. His decades of transportation experience has been embellished through a host of specialized courses from Logistics to Canadian Customs. Tony is part of the Fastfrate leadership team, works closely with Richard Rose, VP Prairie Region and reports directly to Manny Calandrino.

As VP BC Region, Tony had this to say about his recent promotion, “I love Vancouver and the new responsibilities Manny has entrusted me with. I feel my background has prepared me well for this opportunity and collectively our leadership team is geared up to make the upcoming months a time of positive change and growth for Fastfrate.”

Manny Calandrino explains the move to regional VPs in the West, “Our new fiscal starts in October of this year and we are literally firing on all 12 cylinders as we approach 2019. Every aspect of our company has been examined and we are taking the actions necessary to not only grow our business but to do it with greater understanding and insight into our overall operation. The west operates differently than the rest of Canada. Our locations there are not only inbound terminals but also our third largest generator of outbound tonnage. Our 2 new VPs in the West can be more hands on in directing our future success there.”

Fastfrate Group Names Manny Calandrino as President and CEO

Woodbridge, Ontario, May 31, 2018

Manny Calandrino

Ron Tepper, Executive Chairman of Consolidated Fastfrate is pleased to announce the appointment of Manny Calandrino to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Fastfrate Group of Companies. The group includes Consolidated Fastfrate, Canada Drayage (CDI), Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and BRS Transportation.

Mr. Tepper says, “Manny has been with Fastfrate for 30 years and continues to be a passionate, and extremely hard working leader for our Group of Companies. His bountiful history with us and extensive industry knowledge made him the perfect candidate for this increased leadership role.”

Manny Calandrino comments, “When Ron’s company, Tepper Holdings, bought back all the shares of Fastfrate in the fall of 2017 we put a game plan in place. It hinged on my ability to put together an effective leadership team comprised of like-minded individuals who were on the front lines of our daily operations. Together we determined objectives, took ownership and got the job done.”

Ron Tepper adds, “Our leadership team was created with the mandate of heightened communications and sustainable growth through improved utilization of our engineering department, technology investment, further development of our specialized supply chain services and a more detailed understanding of costs and margin requirements through our expanded yield management department. Future plans see us taking greater advantage of the large value in our real estate portfolio and building on our solid core of senior operating managers throughout our 14 company operated branches that span Canada.”

Fastfrate’s seasoned Board of Directors is comprised of prominent industry leaders. Director Don McLauchlin made this declaration, “We believe the trucking and rail industries are poised for growth. Capacity is and will be, an issue going forward. Canadian companies with strong management, solid balance sheets, who have size and scale will prosper in this environment. Manny Calandrino has proven himself as an exceptional leader and team builder and we wish him our best as President and CEO of the Fastfrate Group of Companies.


The Fastfrate Group of Companies Broadens Services and Growth in First Quarter of 2018

Woodbridge, ON April 12, 2018

Services Broadened

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.”


Canadian Pacific (CP) and Consolidated Fastfrate (CFF) have agreed on a three-year contract effective January 1, 2018.

January 22, 2018

CP

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.”


Consolidated Fastfrate Appoints Vice-President of Sales for Ontario

Woodbridge, Ontario, October 13, 2017

Kim Wonfor

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!”


Consolidated Fastfrate Inc. is once again a 100% Canadian Owned and Operated Company

Toronto, Ontario, October 10, 2017

Canadian Owned

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.


Consolidated Fastfrate Appoints President for Canada Drayage Inc. (CDI)

Woodbridge, Ontario, October 6, 2017

Kevin Hankinson

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


Consolidated Fastfrate Moves to New Facility in Edmonton and Significantly Expands Service Offering

Edmonton, Alberta, September 18, 2017

Fastfrate Edmonton

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.


Consolidated Fastfrate Group Announces new President/COO and VP for Quebec Region

December 19, 2016

Manny Calandrino

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.


Consolidated Fastfrate Announces Breakout LTL Service between Canada and the USA

December 06, 2016

Map with Edmonton

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.


Consolidated Fastfrate Celebrates 50th Birthday Canada-wide

October 05, 2016

Map with Edmonton

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


Consolidated Fastfrate Invests Millions in Canadian Facilities and Equipment Assets

October 14, 2016

Map with Edmonton

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.“



Fastfrate September Newsletter (Click here to view our 16 page 50th Anniversary Employee Newsletter)

September 22, 2016

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