Event on Highway 50 : Andy Transport denounces the dangerous manoeuvre

Andy Transport Inc, condemns strongly all forms of infractions to the Highway Safety Code or any other forms of hazardous behavior from its drivers. Disciplinary measures will be taken for all drivers who do not abide by our corporate values of promoting road safety and to respect all road users.

Andy Transport has safety at heart, making it its everyday priority. In fact, the company has put in place its own training program and requires that all its drivers respect the Highway Safety Code, keeping an exemplary conduct at all time. Andy Transport is a Quebec-based company operating since 2001. Its vehicle fleet includes 350 trucks and 750 trailers all over Canada and the United-States. In 2018, it was ranked amongst the biggest fleet in Quebec and in Canada.

Witnesses of unacceptable behaviors are invited to contact the company directly.

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Andy Transport Ranks No. 304 on the 2018 Growth 500

̶     Canadian Business unveils 30th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies     ̶

Growth 500 Logo 2018 BlackMontreal, September 18, 2018 — Canadian Business and Maclean’s ranked Andy Transport No. 304 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.

Andy Transport made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 217%.

“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

“Andy is proud to be part of Growth 500 for the fifth consecutive year,” says Golan Moryoussef, Chief Financial Officer of Andy Transport. “We are confident that our growth strategy will allow us to remain in the ranking over the years to come.”

“We are delighted with our results and most importantly how far along our team has come over the past years, which is a clear indicator of how committed our team truly is to our mission,” says Ilie Crisan, President of Andy Transport. “And we have no intention of slowing down.”

About the Growth 500

For 30 years, the Growth 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies has been Canada’s most respected and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at Growth500.ca and CanadianBusiness.com, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking, visit Growth500.ca.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

About Andy

A privately held group of companies, Andy combines youthful ideas with depth of experience. Founded in 2001, Andy Transport’s fleet travels all across Canada and the United States. In 2018, it was the 9th largest fleet in Quebec and 58th in Canada. The company was ranked in the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Andy strives to provide quality customer service, as well as special attention to its employees and partners.

Information:

marketing@andytransport.com
www.andytransport.com

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Andy announces the official launch of its new business venture: Tristan Fleet Management

tristan logoMontreal, September 11, 2018 — Andy, an asset-based transportation, logistics and warehousing group of companies, is proud to announce the official launch of its newest business venture: Tristan Fleet Management. The new company operates several heavy truck and trailer maintenance centers and provides personalized fleet management services, such as preventive maintenance, equipment inspection, as well as general mechanic and collision repairs.

“Tristan Fleet Management is a natural expansion of the maintenance and repair services that have historically been provided to Andy Transport and independent owner operators” explains Andreea Crisan, COO and EVP. “The growth of Andy Transport’s fleet resulted in a strategic physical network of maintenance and repair centers. The expertise and dedication of its skilled workforce is now offered to third parties.”

Tristan’s customer base is composed of small and medium size fleets. Nearly 200 clients have entrusted Tristan with the planning of their fleet’s PM and repairs, and benefit from Tristan’s 24/7 road assistance, towing, and road service needs all over North America.

“When operating a fleet, managing a shop and an in-house maintenance program can become an overwhelming burden and an expensive cost-center” adds Ilie Crisan, President. “We want to help fleet owners focus on their core business, while we propose a personalized fleet management solution which includes opening a new shop to cater to their needs in a strategic location, operating their existing shops, and giving them access to our network and services.”

Building on the reputation and strength of relationships established within each business unit of Andy’s group, the new brand identity for Tristan Fleet Management is an opportunity to grow customer awareness and attract the best talent.

Daniel Barbu, Fleet Director, concludes: “We understand the fundamental needs of fleets of all sizes: reduce costs, maximize uptime, and ensure compliance. And we believe that thanks to our dedicated and talented team of mechanics, Tristan is bound to grow its footprint in the province of Quebec.”

Andreea Crisan, Daniel Barbu and Ilie Crisan. Photo credit: Sonya Messier.

Andreea Crisan, Daniel Barbu and Ilie Crisan. Photo credit: Sonya Messier.

About Andy

A privately held group of companies, Andy combines youthful ideas with depth of experience. Founded in 2001, Andy Transport’s fleet travels all across Canada and the United States. In 2017, it was the 9th largest fleet in Quebec and 58th in Canada. The company was ranked in the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Andy strives to provide quality customer service, as well as special attention to its employees and partners.

Information:

marketing@andytransport.com
www.andytransport.com

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Andy Transport Releases Today its Asset Purchase Plan for 2018

 

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Andy Transport signs purchase order for 60 new Volvos VNL 760 2019

Montreal, January 29, 2018 –– Andy Transport is pleased to release its asset acquisition plan for 2018. Following the arrival of the first two (2) Volvo VNL 760 2019 units in Canada at the beginning of January 2018, Andy Transport has officially executed its purchase order for 60 new Volvo VNL 760 2019 tractors with le Centre du Camion Ste-Marie Inc. for delivery between April and November 2018.

Golan Moryoussef, CFO of Andy Transport explains: “This investment is an integral part of our five-year growth plan. This asset acquisition will ensure that we operate a young and modern fleet which translates into reliable service. In the current market where most of operational costs are increasing, the cutting-edge technology integrated into the new models will certainly help us keep our maintenance costs low and allow us to maintain competitive rates for our customers. We’d like to thank Le Centre du Camion Ste-Marie Inc. and Volvo Trucks Canada for their exceptional customer service and their commitment to continuously improve their products.”

Ilie Crisan, President of Andy Transport adds: “In my career of over 30 years, I have driven over 4 million miles in Europe and North America combined. I’ve had the opportunity to drive a great variety of heavy vehicle brands and models. Recently, I was aboard the new Volvo VNL 760 2019, and I was immediately impressed with the overall comfort of the cabin, the ergonomic adjustable seat, the enhanced field of vision for the driver, the noise reduction in the cab, the aerodynamic improvements, as well as the new safety applications such as the Volvo Active Driver and the Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST). The safety and the well-being of our drivers are our main motivators to invest in the equipment that best meets their needs. ”

About Andy Transport

A privately held company founded in 2001, Andy Transport combines youthful ideas with North American and European experience. Its fleet of over 300 power units and 700 trailers travel throughout Canada and the United States. In 2017, it was the 10th largest fleet in Quebec and 58th in Canada. The company was ranked in the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Information:
marketing@andytransport.com
www.andytransport.com

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Andreea Crisan of Andy Transport named a WXN 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2017

Andy Transport Inc--Andreea Crisan de l-entreprise Andy TransporAndy Transport is pleased to announce Andreea Crisan, COO and EVP of Andy Transport, has been named by Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

See full article: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/andreea-crisan-of-andy-transport-named-a-wxn-2017-canadas-most-powerful-women-top-100-award-winner-659386163.html

 

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Andy Transport Ranks No. 198 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, September 19, 2017 — Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked Andy Transport Inc. No. 198 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Andy Transport made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with a five-year revenue growth of 324%.

“It’s never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada – and the world – needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Andy is proud to be part of PROFIT 500 for the fourth consecutive year,” says Golan Moryoussef, Chief Financial Officer of Andy Transport. “We are confident that our growth strategy will allow us to remain in the ranking over the years to come.”

“We are a growth oriented company and it is extremely rewarding to obtain external recognition for our efforts” says Ilie Crisan, President of Andy Transport. “We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the entire team.”

About the PROFIT 500

For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.COM or CanadianBusiness.com

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

About Andy Transport

Founded in 2001, Andy Transport operates a fleet of over 300 power units and 700 trailers in Canada and the United States. In 2017, it was the 10th largest in Quebec, 58th in Canada, and it was ranked in 2014, 2015, and 2016 in the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Source: Lucia Vrabie, Executive Assistant

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/profit500/2017-ranking-p500/

See how Andy has grown!

transport-routier_cover_sept2016A TRANSPORT ROUTIER ARTICLE by Steve Bouchard – SEPTEMBER 2016

translated from French to English by Andy Transport

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In four years, Andy Transport has experienced tremendous growth.  The portrait of a company attracting more and more attention.

A succession of certificates and newspaper articles surround the conference room of Andy Transport in St-Laurent; plates of the Profit 500 Canada’s fastest growing companies in 2015, and finalist of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies for 2013, 2014 and 2015; newspaper article entitled: “An inspirational entrepreneur.”

The expression “to have the wind in the sails” is an euphemism when describing the company’s explosive growth, which ranks 10th in the Top 25 of the largest fleets for-hire in Quebec.

In 2012, we published a portrait of Ilie Crisan, a 48 years old Romanian immigrant who although at that time barely spoke English managed to build a transport company from scratch. At that time, we wrote that the company had 75 tractors and 140 trailers. Four years later, we are presently talking about 310 tractors and 730 trailers with orders pending for the next six months, to be distributed between the head office in Valleyfield, and terminals in St-Laurent, Boucherville and Toronto.

Since its beginning, the company provides dry van transportation services in Canada and the United States, but over the past four years, it has become much more diverse by adding flatbed,  drayage, and  refrigerated transportation services, as well as warehousing services.

The year 2008 was quite significant for this young company, which, at the time, was a subcontractor for another carrier.  Due to the recession, that carrier lost contracts which caused major repercussions for Any Transport. “It was our only client so it hit us pretty hard”, remembers Andreea Crisan, 26 years old, daughter of Ilie, law graduate, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Andy Transport (Andy is the diminutive of Andreea). “It was the biggest challenge that Andy had ever faced. We had to park our trucks and start from scratch. From one day to the next, we were faced with either going bankrupt or finding a way to get back on our feet.”

“My father and I had a discussion.  He told me: “whatever happens, I could always go back to trucking to pay for your education and to survive.” We decided to give it another try.”

After law school, Andreea Crisan joined her father Ilie to work in the business
full- time.  Since then, Andy Transport has known an explosive growth.

The Crisans learned a great lesson from their 2008 adventure; never again would they put themselves in the vulnerable position of relying on one client only.

“Since that time,  we’ve decided to diversify as much as we can!”, says Andreea. Andy Transport is aiming for diversification not only with clients but also with industries, territories and services.”

During a slowdown, the company does not want to park their trucks or lay off staff.  “Having several divisions, we can transfer staff if it’s quiet in one area.” That’s another advantage of diversification.

The company has known a particularly remarkable growth with the drayage division in the greater Montreal area. ”We thought it was a saturated market, but no, we have grown rapidly”, states Andreea Crisan.

Andy Transport’s growth is fully organic.  The divisions are literally being created by the customers’ demands.

”We are a very young company in that market, so we need to be extremely dynamic and attentive to our clients,” states the young Vice-President.  ”For example, we created the flatbed division at the request of a client.  If we have a drayage division, it’s because CSX opened a terminal in Valleyfield and we were the closest company. (Editor’s Note: The head office of the company is in that city). ”We are young, dynamic, flexible and attentive to our clients’ needs, but the service has to be top-notch or else the business won’t last.”

The dream of a better life

If Ilie left Romania, it was to offer something else to his daughter:  an education, opportunities, a better life. Unable to get hired as a truck driver, he bought his own truck. Even in his wildest dreams of a better life, he never would have imagined being at the top of such a  lucrative business in such a short time.

During our interview, he repeatedly said: ”It’s simple!” Since his arrival in Canada, he has never complained that things were difficult. He appreciates the opportunities that arise and he works hard.

”He can’t stop and do nothing. He always has to move and stay busy. Vacations are not for him”, says Andreea with a smile.

”I am happy here. Nothing makes me happier than to meet people and go to work,” says Ilie.

At the head of Andy Transport, Ilie and Andrea form the perfect complementary duo.

Andreea holds the position of Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.  She oversees operations, legal affairs, claims, human resources and safety.  Ilie oversees maintenance, relations with truck drivers as well as expansion projects and infrastructural development. A financial director was hired a little over a year ago.

Andreea grew up in Romania, where she learned Romanian, English and German. She was ten years old when she arrived in Canada. At eleven, she was in charge of the employee payroll. It wasn’t clear to her if she will stay within the family business.

“Not at all!” I started because someone had to do the paychecks.   “We can say that I grew up at the same time as the company.”

She took the decision to work at the company during her last year of law school. “I had the opportunity to attend several internship programs, but nothing gave me the satisfaction, the freedom and the opportunities that I have here. Here I can build something, make my own choices and build my own teams. Nothing is better than working on your own projects. You get more involved.”

Once she finished her bachelor’s degree in 2012, Andreea went to work full-time at the company and that is when its growth expanded. A simple growth for Ilie Crisan.  Evidently! “It just happened. I bought 100 trucks that year. We didn’t buy any during the last few months because the market has slowed down a bit. Next month might be different. We will buy trucks and hire drivers if we need to. There is no need to rush.”

A multicultural workforce

The demographic profile of Andy Transport’s workforce was almost entirely Romanian but a few years ago it changed.  People from Eastern Europe have a large interest in the company, but since the acquisition of a terminal in Valleyfield, it has attracted local workforce and the same phenomena has happened with the opening of the terminal in Boucherville.

Andreea Crisan emphasizes that the company understands the multicultural differences. She even finds unexpected benefits!

“Managing different cultures is not that difficult”, states Andreea.  “We understand the cultural differences and we adapt to them.  For example, certain communities don’t celebrate on December 25th. Therefore, the employees can work on December 25th and take their holiday according to their calendar.”

“The company’s culture reflects the character of these people: they are not scared to work, they want to grow, they don’t like the status quo and they are not afraid of challenges, and often, when we open a new division, it’s an internal hire”, states the young entrepreneur.

The hiring of staff is primarily done through employee referrals. “More frequently, people come to us rather than the opposite, particularly drivers”, says Andreea.  Surprisingly, the company never had a sales department. “It is the clients who come to us”, affirms Mrs. Crisan.

Technologically ready

The implementation of a new management system is the core project on which Andreea Crisan and her team are working on at the moment.

The company used different softwares which did not communicate with each other. This resulted in manual work, tasks performed in duplicate and a large margin of error. TMW, the new system, will allow for a comprehensive approach. “For example, garage personnel will be able to communicate directly with the accounting department, which in turn will communicate with the dispatch department.”

This software will be integrated with the management module of electronic logbooks which the company acquired two years ago. “We could not move ahead precisely because we didn’t have an integrated system. We are up to date with the rules and regulations on electronic logbooks and we will start testing as early as January 2017”, announced Andreea Crisan.

Andy Transport’s strategic plan is to develop growth over the next three years, depending on opportunities arising from fluctuations in the economy.  “We will follow our growth plan, but at the same time we must remain alert to what will happen with the economy and the market”, indicates Ilie Crisan. “We foresee buying a number of trucks over the next few years all depending on changes within the economy.”

With the growth that Andy Transport has known during the past few years, the company has not parked nor sold any trucks; all it did was buy new equipment! The fleet is very new; the older trucks are from 2011. Since 2010, Andy has bought Volvo tractors. “We love those trucks, the drivers love them too, and we trust the product”, explains Ilie. As for the trailers, Manac has the exclusivity.
“We’ve been buying Manacs for four years. We have a very good relationship with them also. We are a good client of Volvo and Manac. I will not change the product for a better price, but I will change if the manufacturer forces me to buy something I don’t like.” All maintenance is performed in Andy’s own workshops.
“We use Volvo’s maintenance system. Our technicians know the product very well,” says Andreea. “As soon as a mechanic joins the company, he learns how to work on Volvo and Manac products.”

Andy promotes uniformity of  its vehicles in order to benefit from a consistency in its parts inventory which allows for immediate replacement of any part as soon as the truck comes back from a trip.  When Andy acquired new office space in Boucherville, it kept a small portion of the building which is now rented to Camions Sainte-Marie, dealer of Volvo/Mack/Isuzu, who will perform the work under warranty of Andy’s trucks. The transporter has literally brought the dealer in his building. Furthermore, Manac is located a few feet away from this building.
We asked…
…  Andreea, what are your father’s strengths: “He is not afraid of work, not afraid to put the effort. He is a very attentive person, but makes his own decisions, has a good business sense and a good vision. He knows how to surround himself with the right people. To grow that much in a few years, we need to be surrounded by the right people. He sees no limits.  For him, everything is possible.”

…. Ilie, what are your daughter’s strengths: “She is educated. She went to university and is a lawyer. It was very important to give her an education. She does everything better than me. She learns from me and then she does it better.”

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