Flatbed carrier Daseke acquires Central Oregon Truck Co.

Daseke, a group of flatbed and specialized carriers, has acquired Redmond, OR-based Central Oregon Truck Co.

In May, Gaffney, S.C.-based J. Grady Randolph Inc. joined Daseke, making the holding company one of the 20 largest flatbed and specialty carriers in North America, Daseke said. Other Daseke companies include Smokey Point Distributing and E.W. Wylie.

“Central Oregon Truck Co. is truly a premier flatbed carrier and first-class in equipment and customer service,” said Don Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke Inc.  “We were very impressed with the management team and the way they go about business.  They truly understand customer needs and the importance of having quality equipment and drivers who are dedicated to safely delivering flatbed loads.”

Central Oregon operates throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“We’ve been in business since 1992 and have had great success – we’re creative, very organized and want to grow,” said Rick Williams, one of the founders and CEO of Central Oregon.  “We’ll continue with our culture and principles and with the very same management team and drivers we have in place.  By joining Daseke, we have added substantial financial backing for growth and now have a peer group of other Daseke companies to help realize best practices and develop business strategies.  Being a Daseke company allows us to continue to fulfill our vision and achieve our goals quicker and easier, while enhancing our service to our driver teams and our shipper partners.”

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