Dmitri Protas begins the journey for Transam Carriers in the basement of a bungalow in North York. His time as a truck driver has given him more than theoretical knowledge, he has the experience to understand how a successful business works from the ground up. His mind is clear, creative, and ready for the tasks of accounting, dispatching, and doing everything he can to get Transam Carriers up and running for the future he envisions.
In the first year for the company, 12 trucks are in operation. The first logo is designed.
During these early years, Transam Carriers grows to 20 trucks. Operations are expanded to the east coast, including the New England states.
The company moves to a 3,000 square foot office in Bradwick. The new property has a garage operation and adjacent yard to the office. The staff now includes three working in dispatch, one in accounting, one in safety, and one mechanic.
This year the company has 18 trucks in operation. A new logo is designed, a wing emblem with a prominent bison in the center.
Operations move to the Keele location during February and March. The company has now expanded to 6,000 square feet of office space, an 80,000 square foot warehouse, and a 10,000 garage operation. There are approximately 20 employees, including 3 mechanics. The company has now grown to be a 50 truck operation.
The company begins the Express division to offer expedited LTL service to the eastern seaboard. The U.S. operation rapidly grows to 18 trucks and the service continues to grow during the year.
Transam Carriers celebrates 10 years in business.
The constantly growing company again changes location, this time to 205 Doney Crescent in Concord. The company is now a 90 truck operation with 40 staff and 3 mechanics. The new location has a cross-dock facility and a larger yard to accommodate the equipment needed to meet the company’s rapid growth.
The company receives the award at the Toronto Regional Truck Driving Championships. James Taylor takes home Rookie of the Year for Transam Carriers.
The logo is updated again to a more modern Bison head with a yellow background and a new font for Transam Carriers. Operations expand to 110 trucks.
A new slogan is “Here For the Long Haul”.
The company celebrates 12 years in business. Each month, Transam Carriers focuses on remembering one of their twelve rules for the success and spirit of Transam Carriers. The rules are: Honesty, Equality, Reliability, Responsibility, Stability, Respect, Comfort, Flexibility, Safety, Balance, Wellness, and Team.
A service shop is added.
By mid-year, the fleet officially expands to 120 vehicles.
Transam Carriers launches a new, modern website to better serve the customers and employees.