MacKinnon Transport acquisition of Walker Transport means jobs lost in St. Thomas


The intention is to close the Walker Group’s trucking terminal in St. Thomas and relocate those operations to MacKinnon Transport, which is headquartered on Laird Road in Guelph.

MacKinnon said Guelph operations, which will continue as MacKinnon Transport, can accommodate most Walker staff, with the anticipated loss of about 20 employees in St. Thomas.

But that means 120 more jobs in Guelph, he stressed.

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4 thoughts on “MacKinnon Transport acquisition of Walker Transport means jobs lost in St. Thomas

  1. OBVIOUSLY NOT GOOD NEWS FOR ST. THOMAS

    Obviously not good for St. Thomas despite the questionable reporting by the T-J;
    “Former president Julie Tanguay, now executive vice-president of sales, characterized the move as a good news story, saying there won’t be job losses at the St. Thomas location and L.E. Walker will retain its name, at least for now.”

    Not a “good new story” for St. Thomas to be sure. It is just like the old coin toss; heads – St. Thomas loses, tails – Guelph wins.

    Anybody seen that economic development strategy report yet – I don’t suppose it envisions St. Thomas as a distribution logistics centre of excellence?

    Bill Sandison
    Advocate for a Better Municipal Government
    STR8TALK in St. Thomas

  2. Bill; To be fair that is a direct quote to us from Julie. For whatever reason she chose to soft sell the actual impact. Needless to say we will be following this up with the MacKinnon for the real economic impact on St. Thomas and area. Ian

  3. Looks like Kyle smoked out the truth.

    http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Business/2009/09/01/10697771-sun.html

    St. Thomas-based Walker Group, which includes well-known L.E. Walker Transport Ltd., will close despite reports last week that the facility would remain in town after the 60-year-old company was acquired by MacKinnon Transport of Guelph.
    But until the company sells the facility in St. Thomas, local drivers will be able to use the drop yard at the South Edgeware Road site, says the company’s president.
    Friday, the Guelph Mercury reported that MacKinnon’s acquisition of Walker Group — which includes L.E. Walker and Mid America Freight Systems — means the St. Thomas site would close, bringing 120 jobs to Guelph.
    President and CEO Evan MacKinnon confirmed that statement.
    “The company will be relocated to our facility in Guelph and the terminal will be closed.”

    Bill Sandison
    Advocate for a Better Municipal Government
    STR8TALK in St. Thomas

  4. hi -did you know that MacKinnon terminated 20 of us local drivers (Walker), one week before Xmas. That did not make the news! MacKinnon got rid of us who work afternoons and nights. Also dropped a few long term contracts! I thought someone should be notified! Thank-You..Mr Mike Fox

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