Award-Winning Transport Company Celebrates 25 Years
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Cornwall –Recognized as a leader in customer service, with awards including the 2014 and just recently 2015 Shippers Choice Award, local transport company Seaway Express celebrates 25 years of success.
Seaway Express was founded in May 1990 by Bob and Linda Gauthier with a 5-ton truck and a goal to provide reliable and efficient overnight transport service between Eastern Ontario and Quebec. Since then, the company has grown to its present fleet of 25 trucks and 55 employees.
Bob Gauthier attributes his success over the years to his team of dedicated drivers, dock workers, office staff and in-house mechanics.
“We have the same equipment and trucks as other companies,” said 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.”
Safety is one of Gauthier’s primary concerns and he strives to maintain his company’s enviable record. Seaway can boast 16 years of Excellence according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO). In 1999, the MTO performed a facility audit and gave Seaway Express an “Excellent” rating with a score of 97%. The rating has remained unchanged to this date.
Over the years, Seaway has increased its real estate footprint in Cornwall’s industrial park. The company is currently managing 200,000 square feet of warehousing space – allowing for more opportunities to better service their customers.
The second generation is already present at Seaway Express. It was in September 2010 that Gauthier’s daughter Melanie Hamel officially joined the company. In the process of completing her Next Generation Leadership certification, through the Ontario Trucking Association, Hamel is looking forward to the next 25 years of Seaway Express.
List of awards:
2015 – Shipper’s Choice Award Winner, Canadian Transportation & Logistics Magazine
2015 – Melanie Hamel featured in Today’s Trucking Magazine’s “20 under 40”
2014 – Shipper’s Choice Award Winner, Canadian Transportation & Logistics Magazine
2009 – Business of the Year, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
2003 – Award of Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Ontario Trucking Association
1999 – “Excellent” rated carrier, MTO (Rating has remained unchanged to this date)
1997 – Small Business of the Year, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
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