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Furniture carrier adds service to Manitoba and Northern Ontario PDF Print E-mail
Written by HGO Staff   
CONOVER, North Carolina (08 May 2012) - Furniture carrier Watkins & Shepard Trucking  has announced it will begin providing regularly scheduled transportation services from its terminal here to furniture retailers in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario beginning on June 1.

The Helena, Montana-based company will consolidate shipments in Conover for direct delivery to its warehouse and distribution centre in Winnipeg. Retailers in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario will then have the choice of either picking up the goods in Winnipeg themselves or using their own regional carrier to complete the delivery.

"Expanding our service into Manitoba is just good business; it is not only important to the furniture dealers located in Manitoba and northwest Ontario, it is also important to the furniture manufacturers and distributors in the southeastern United States who are constantly looking for opportunities to extend their reach into new markets," Patrick Smith, Watkins & Shepard's national sales manager, said in a statement. "In this new lane Watkins & Shepard will provide on-time, damage free and cost effective transportation services."

CEO Ray Kuntz said adding Manitoba and northwest Ontario advances Watkins & Shepard's expansion into markets typically underserved by a specialized furniture carrier.

"This change will complete the link between the important Carolinas furniture manufacturing and distribution center with all of the Canadian western provinces," he said.

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