Bulldog + Daseke = ‘A great match,’ says CEO

Bulldog Hiway Express is merging with the Daseke family of flatbed, open-deck and specialty carriers.

Based in Charleston, S.C., Bulldog Hiway Express, was founded in 1959 and has grown to several hundred power units and more than 400 trailers. They operate terminals in Savannah, Ga., and Mobile, Ala.

Bulldog Hiway Express merges with the Daseke companies

“As the trucking industry evolves, opportunities present themselves,” said Rod Moseley, chairman of Bulldog. In many ways, this is a great opportunity for Bulldog Hiway Express. I’ve known Don (Daseke) for a number of years and he’s had an interest in Bulldog becoming a Daseke company. What he is building is impressive and our new sister companies represent the best in the industry. We look forward to working with them as teammates and growing our business.”

“Bulldog is a great match with our family of companies,” said Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke Inc., which is located in Addison, Texas. “They have an extremely enviable position in the markets they serve, and are dedicated to customer service, as well as their own employees. What’s more, their safety scores are impeccable something that is carried across the line with all Daseke companies.”

Daseke now offers the industry more than 2,800 tractors and more than 5,800 open-deck trailers. Bulldog joins Smokey Point Distributing, E.W. Wylie, J. Grady Randolph, Central Oregon Truck Company, Lone Star Transportation (including Davenport Transport), the Boyd Companies (including Boyd Bros. Transportation, WTI Transport, Mid Seven Transportation).

According to Phil Byrd, Bulldog’s president and CEO, “This is the right decision at the right time for Bulldog. The synergies and collaboration that exist within the Daseke family of companies, that we are now a part of, will bring added capacity, capabilities and value to our people and customers.”

Bulldog handles dedicated and for-hire, open-deck operations, intermodal port deliveries and heavy hauls with loads reaching 180,000 pounds. The company operates throughout the U.S. and Canada supporting the automotive and energy sectors, including wind, solar and nuclear power.