Daseke Inc., of Addison, Texas, has announced that Lone Star Transportation is merging with the Daseke family of open-deck/specialty carriers. Lone Star, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the premier open-deck carriers in North America, with nearly 500 tractors and 1,500 open-deck trailers.
Combined with existing companies, Daseke Inc. now offers the industry more than 2,500 tractors and nearly 5,500 open-deck trailers. Existing Daseke companies include Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wylie, J. Grady Randolph Inc., Central Oregon Truck Co. and the Boyd Companies (including Boyd Bros. Transportation, WTI Transport, Mid Seven Transportation).
“It’s very gratifying to welcome another top carrier into the fold of Daseke companies,” said Don Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke Inc. “With the addition of Lone Star, we’ve added to our capabilities, including a major presence in Mexico. It makes us the second-largest carrier in this segment of the business, but we think we’re first when it comes to capabilities and customer service.”
According to Tex Robbins, president and CEO of Lone Star, becoming a part of the Daseke family was the right match in service philosophy and growth potential. “We have a great reputation in the industry and have been in heavy haul since 1988,” he said.
“When the opportunity came to join forces, it became something that we believed would benefit our customers and employees. Joining the Daseke team gives us great sister companies to work with — versus compete against — while allowing us to maintain our existing management team to run the company as we always have.”
Founded as a small oilfield carrier, Lone Star quickly grew beyond the confines of west Texas. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Lone Star has several terminals throughout Texas, plus additional locations throughout the United States.