Daseke grows ‘family’ again; adds AA&E carrier

Daseke, Inc., a major flatbed and specialized carrier based in Addison, Texas, has added a leading transporter of arms, ammunitions and explosives to its corporate ranks.

The merger with R&R Trucking was announced Tuesday, Sept. 5, and is the fourth addition to the company in a little more than four months. Since May 1, the Schilli Companies, Big Freight Systems and the Steelman Companies have also become part of Daseke.

R&R Trucking is comprised of three operating companies: R&R Trucking Inc., AATCO and NEI Transport.R&R Trucking is comprised of three operating companies: R&R Trucking Inc., AATCO and NEI Transport.

Founded in 1988, R&R Trucking is comprised of three operating companies: R&R Trucking Inc., AATCO and NEI Transport. Primarily using team drivers, the R&R Trucking companies move specialty cargo requiring unique training and security clearances. This includes the transport of defense and commercial arms, ammunition and explosives, radioactive cargo and hazardous materials throughout their network of high security terminals.

“R&R Trucking is highly specialized, transporting the nation’s most sensitive cargo,” said  Don Daseke, president and chief executive officer, Daseke Inc. “Fewer than 20 companies in the United States are approved to provide transportation for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. They are also one of the very few companies approved by the Department of Defense to own and operate high security terminals.”

Daseke said his company “can already see synergies with increased access to team driver services that will complement the efforts of Smokey Point Distributing, the original Daseke company, and through increased terminals in the Midwest.”

R&R’s president praised the merger and the opportunities it presents the company.

“Our highly-credentialed expert team drivers are proud to serve our country,” said Phil Nelson, president and chief executive officer, R&R Trucking. “I knew this was going to be one of the best opportunities the company would ever have. We are going to continue to do what we do best, but now we will have all the support and benefits of being a Daseke company, like consolidated purchasing power and collaboration with our top-quality sister companies.”

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Daseke Inc. has over 3,800 tractors, over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailers and more than a million square feet of industrial warehousing space, according to the statement announcing the merger.