Wind Point-backed Dicom acquires Eastern Connection

Dicom Transportation Group, a Canadian provider of expedited transportation and logistics services, has completed its fifth add-on acquisition of 2015. The company bought Eastern Connection, a U.S.-based asset-light provider of business-to-business pick-up and delivery services. No financial terms were released. Montréal-based Dicom said the deal will expand its overnight parcel network in the Northeastern United States. Along with Eastern, the company has so far this year acquired Courier Express Enterprises, Extra Express, Modern Forwarding and Orbis Logistics. It has been a portfolio investment of U.S. private equity firm Wind Point Partners since early 2014.


Dicom Transportation Group acquires Eastern Connection

Dicom expands leading regional overnight network into Northeast U.S.

CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Dicom Transportation Group, a leading provider of business-to-business expedited transportation services based in Montreal, has expanded its regional overnight parcel network into the Northeast U.S. through the acquisition of Eastern Connection.

Eastern Connection, an asset-light provider of B2B pick-up and delivery services, is one of the largest regional parcel service providers in the Northeast U.S. with a network of 19 terminals and cross-dock locations covering more than 6,800 zip codes from Maine to Ohio, and south to Virginia. The company is the only regional carrier guaranteeing overnight ground delivery within this 500-mile area. Eastern Connection will be aligned with the Dicom Express business segment, and will be integrated into the existing Dicom regional parcel network. The combined service will span Ontario and Quebec; as well as the northeast U.S. states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

“When combined with the extensive Canadian coverage of Dicom, this acquisition creates one of the largest parcel networks in the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada,” said Scott Dobak, CEO of Dicom. “No other carrier will have faster ground transportation service with direct coverage to as many points. Additionally, despite the expansive existing northeast footprint, Dicom will look for opportunities to organically expand the Eastern Connection services within the U.S. ”

Ken Nadler, Dicom Chief Commercial Officer added, “The Eastern Connection acquisition is highly complementary to the Dicom Regional Parcel network. They adjoin at the U.S. and Canadian border, and once integrated, create a large, seamless cross-border network with deep geographic coverage, and extremely fast cross-border transit speeds. Additionally, both Dicom and Eastern Connection share a commitment to fast and reliable transport, as well as an ability to provide unique, customized transportation and logistics services molded to specific customer requirements. ”

About Dicom Transportation Group
Dicom is a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Montreal with offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dicom operates three business segments: Express, Freight and Logistics. Services provided include overnight and second-day parcel, freight transportation, freight management and last mile services throughout the U.S. and Canada.

About Eastern Connection
Founded in 1983 by Jim Berluti and Ted Kauffman, Eastern Connection has grown to be one of the largest regional express parcel carrier in the Northeast U.S. Eastern Connection operates four main business units: Ground, Priority, Same Day and Logistics. The company utilizes 19 terminals and cross-dock facilities to handle shipments for B2B accounts.

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