In 2004 our company seized an exciting opportunity that strengthened our position as a leader in the transportation industry. We joined forces with Contrans Income Fund, a publicly traded Income Trust that is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Contrans freight transportation operations currently employ over 700 full-time employees, 775 owner-operators and their current transport fleet consists of over 1,000 tractors and 2,100 trailers. Our focus and scope of operations have continued as they have in the past, but we now have access to a host of new resources from Contrans that will complement our organization. Our current management team continues to operate and grow our business independently. This move has ensured the continued success and growth for the entire corporate family.
ECL Carriers was founded in 1984, by two farming brothers, Bill and Gerry Vanderwyst. They purchased 3 Mack tractors and trailers, and the operating authority to go with them. The trucks were purchased from another farmer, and the drivers of the trucks came with them. Over time, they acquired
more trucks, more contracts, and more drivers. In 1988, Bill bought out his brother, and the growth continued. The fleet outgrew the family farm, and moved to a yard, operated at a truck-stop in London, Ontario.
In 1992, ECL Carriers went through some major changes. They once again out grew their facility, and purchased a 17 acre truck yard, where they operate out of today. Also Bill retired from the company, and son Peter and Rob took over the reins. At this point, they were operating 25 trucks, and about 35 trailers.