Groupe Morneau

Our History

With a third generation at the helm and a promising fourth generation working in the business, Groupe Morneau is proud to build on its legacy and continue its strong family tradition. Since our early days in Lower St. Lawrence, we have been moving forward at full speed, expanding across the province and beyond, and growing from a local business into an industry leader and a top transportation provider in Quebec.

Our History

Today, with our 6 lines of business, network of 22 terminals located in 17 sites strategically located across eastern Canada, 1,300 employees, and 1,500 pieces of equipment, we have successfully established ourselves as a transportation and logistics expert and reliable business partner.

In 2017, Groupe Morneau celebrated its 75th birthday! Discover the dedicated page for this special anniversary and relive this historical milestone.

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Citation

« Ours is a journey that began in Lower St. Lawrence and continues today as we expand across Quebec and Canada. »

—André Morneau, President of Groupe Morneau

Notre Histoire

1942
1942

Pierre Morneau gets his general freight permit and goes into business. And so our exciting journey begins.

1965
1965

Pierre Morneau and his son, Denis, start Morneau Transport enr., the first company of Groupe Morneau.

1969
1969

Groupe Morneau acquires a delivery truck equipped with a refrigerated trailer and begins transporting perishables.

1977
1977

Groupe Morneau is licensed to operate on the Island of Montreal.

1981
1981

To compete with provincial players, Morneau Transport becomes a founding member of Associés-Transporteurs du Québec (ATQ), a network of regional carriers with close to 350 tractor units and 650 trailers. André Morneau, the Group’s current president, chairs ATQ from 1986 until its merger with Morneau Transport.

1988
1988

Over the next eight years, Groupe Morneau expands its network, opening new terminals in Rimouski, Quebec City, New Richmond and Matane.

1996
1996

Launch of Eskimo Express, known today as Morneau Eskimo, a temperature-controlled transportation service specialized for the food industry. Operations begin simultaneously in Montréal and Québec.

1997
1997

Groupe Morneau follows its expansion by acquiring Transnord Express, a carrier based in Saint-Bruno and operating in Saguenay - Lac-St-Jean, and by opening a terminal in Chicoutimi for its refrigerated transportation services.

2000
2000

From 2000 to 2004, Groupe Morneau opens terminals in Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d’Or and Baie-Comeau to meet increasing demand.

2006
2006

As business keeps growing, Groupe Morneau decides to expand its Saint-Arsène head office and open a new administrative centre.

2007
2007

Groupe Morneau launches two new lines of business: international transportation and logistics, and dedicated freight services.

2009
2009

The new Gatineau terminal brings the Company’s terminal count up to 15.

2011
2011

Groupe Morneau expands its Matane and New Richmond terminals.

2012
2012

Groupe Morneau acquires Transport Sego, a company serving northern regions and specializing in flatbed services.

2013
2013

A new terminal opens in Sept-Îles.

2014
2014

Groupe Morneau strengthens its presence in Newfoundland and Labrador by opening a new terminal in Wabush and bringing the terminal count up to 20.

2015
2015

Groupe Morneau builds the largest LTL terminal on the Island of Montreal and acquires Total Cold Storage, adding cold storage to its refrigerated freight services.

2016
2016

Groupe Morneau continues to expand its footprint in eastern Canada. The Company currently operates six transportation and logistics lines of business out of 22 strategically located terminals.