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Month: December 2016

Partnerships can be the basis for growth

In an article titled Building Trust in Business Partnerships published by Queens University’s IRC (Industrial Relations Center) back in 2010, Jim Harrison and Gary T. Furlong wrote: “The ability to quickly establish and build trust is becoming even more important in today’s business environment, where partnerships and strategic alliances are common practice. Companies and organizations are strategically focusing more and more on their core competencies and high value activities. They are looking to partners – both external and internal – to contribute added value through complementary services, products, and expertise.”

Explaining the various types of internal and external partnerships that can exist in the corporate world, the authors pinpointed the importance of establishing relationships with suppliers amongst the less visible external partnerships: “In the most successful organizations, these traditional buyer-supplier relationships are being run not as price-driven, pain-filled, win-lose procurement exercises, but rather as trust-based, win-win partnering relationships.”

Without a doubt one of the leading transportation companies in Southern Ontario, family operated Joseph Haulage Canada Corp. has grown over the years to a fleet of 200 units operating 24 hours a day, every day, at three locations in Ontario (Stoney Creek, Mississauga and Caledonia) and looking to expand more in Ontario as well as  the Great Lakes area . The Stoney Creek carrier’s mission of providing customers with efficient, cost-effective solutions in times of economic challenges while never compromising its high standards for health and safety has never wavered.

The company offers a wide array of services requiring different equipment from trucks, dump trucks, live-bottom trailer, walking-floor trailers, tanker trailers to dump trailers and flatbed trailers. In order to be able to work with the best units possible, Joseph Haulage has always looked for the proper partners who take time to truly understand their needs before supplying the right equipment.

Geoffrey Joseph, C.E.O Joseph Haulage Canada Corp /Bruce Daccord, President Tanscourt Tank Leasing

A clear example of this practice happened this year when the carrier turned to Transcourt Tank Leasing, one of the Canadian leaders in short, medium and long term leasing of tank trailers of various configurations. After a few meetings earlier this year, it became clear there was a fit between the two potential partners. Since then, Joseph Haulage has leased / financed some 20 tank trailers including Polar Hot Product Tandems, Titan Aluminium Quints and Advance Aluminium Hot Product quads. “We appreciate the fact that Transcourt was able to provide business solutions tailored to meet our specific needs.  Their quick response helped us pursue new growth opportunities.” Says Geoffrey Joseph, C.E.O of Joseph Haulage. Both partners continuously strive to rise above customer expectations. They both build loyalty though trust and commitment.

For almost 20 years now, Transcourt’s expertise and experience are the reasons why clients turn to them. Their unique, flexible and more than conventional approach to tanker leasing, allows them to support customers in meeting their specific business requirements in North America.

They have a fleet of around 600 new and used trailers which include chemical, crude oil, Petroleum, food grade, hot products, dry bulk, FRP Lined, compressed gas trailers across North America,  with pick up and  drop-off locations  in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Texas and Illinois.

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Transcourt Tank Leasing

Trans Mountain Pipeline Approved

Source: PM.GC.CA

The Government of Canada said that major pipelines could only get built if we had a price on carbon, strong environmental protections in place, Indigenous peoples respected, and approve projects that could be built and run safely.

The Government of Canada has approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project now that these have been fulfilled.

This pipeline will twin a line that has been in operation since 1953, which extends from Edmonton, Alberta, to Burnaby, British Columbia. The project will effectively triple our capacity to get Canadian energy resources to international markets beyond the Unites States.

It will create 15,000 new, middle class jobs – the majority of them in the trades. This major initiative will get hardworking Canadians back to work, put food on the table for middle class families, and grow and strengthen our communities.

Today, Canada’s pipelines are operating at full capacity. That means any significant new production must find another way to get to market. Those modes of transport are less safe than pipelines.

We know the new, state of the art pipelines provide the safest route to get our resources to market. This is not an argument. It is a fact. So from this perspective, creating new pipeline capacity is the most responsible decision we could make to ensure public safety and mitigate risk.   

Canada has also approved the Line 3 Replacement Project.

This project replaces over 1,000km of an existing pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Gretna, Manitoba. It will create 7,000 new, good jobs for tradespeople. It will be required to meet or exceed 37 binding conditions from the National Energy Board.

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Harmonize Requirements for Trucking

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have harmonized their requirements for long combination vehicles (LCVs), allowing carriers to transport goods more easily and efficiently across the four provinces while reducing emissions and lowering shipping costs. 

LCV’s are made up of a single tractor pulling two full-length trailers, effectively replacing two tractor-trailers. They are best suited for freight that is light and bulky, weigh no more than standard tractor-trailers and do less damage to transportation infrastructure.

LCVs reduce fuel consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by approximately one-third, while offering shippers a cost-effective option to move more goods at one time and bring goods to market at a lower cost. Harmonizing the requirements allows for the free movement of LCVs across these provinces, providing both economic and environmental benefits.

Reducing barriers on goods movement and trade is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


Since the inception of the Ontario LCV Program in August 2009, carriers have safely completed over 220,000 trips covering 70 million km.

The Canada Safety Council reports that LCVs are involved in at least 40 per cent fewer collisions than regular tractor-trailers.

Ontario’s trucking sector moves $1.24 trillion in goods annually on Ontario’s roads. Approximately $765M of Ontario-US trade crosses the border by truck on a daily basis.


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Renewed interest in Keystone XL pipeline will only enhance TransCanada’s Energy East plans

With Donald Trump set to move into the White House in January, there is a possibility that TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline could be revived.

The revival would see Alberta crude sent south for refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.

While TransCanada’s plans were never halted, they were put on hold briefly, as the board must replace three original panel members. This will not prevent the organization from continuing its efforts.

Trump’s support of the pipeline has received attention from New Brunswick’s premier, announcing that his support could greatly change things.

Tim Duboyce of TransCanada said the company is committed to Energy East, and that oil shippers remain supportive of the initiative.

Energy East still has the support of the federal government, and was in fact disappointed when President Obama did not see eye-to-eye.

© 2016 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc

Do the benefits of switching to disc brake options outweigh the maintenance?

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There has been a sudden adoption of air disc brakes due to the reduced maintenance requirements and costs associated with its counterpart – drums.

Does this mean air disc brakes will cost your transport company less money overtime? Not necessarily.

The director of marketing and customer solutions with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake says while the level of maintenance for air disc brakes is less than drum brakes, they still need special attention. Keith McComsey says people assume they are maintenance-free, and that’s not the case.

There are impressive maintenance savings, however, the disc air brakes must be regularly inspected.

McKenzie Tank Lines inspects the brakes every 60 days in order to ensure the brakes are at their optimum. While they are not maintenance-free, they require less maintenance and more inspection-based.

Disc brakes are being increasingly used on heavy-haul transportation trucks because they offer better stopping performance in comparison to drums. Disc brakes need less parts and equipment as well.

Would you switch from drum brakes to disc air brakes?