1949 – Roland Mullen Bought his first truck, a ’49 Chev Maple Leaf, he persevered through two decades of economic growth and contraction. He hauled gravel for $3.50 per hour in 1950 and by the mid-50s was operating three trucks.
1964 – Established as Mullen Trucking Ltd.
1965 – In the early 1960s, amid an economic downturn, Roland drove for Nodwell Bros. in Alaska. When the economy improved, he again went independent, buying his first Kenworth for $26,000 and a second Kenworth three years later.
1979 – The fleet continued to expand throughout the 1970s. Mullen had authority to transport across the Canada-U.S. border and the fleet size increased to 40 trucks.
1980 – Mullen relocated from Calgary to Aldersyde, located south of the city, where it operated from a modified mobile home.
1983 – Incorporated under the Alberta Companies Act. The Company began to computerize its operations and established its Oilfield Division. Business in the United States increased and by 1984 the Company had 110 owner operators.
1989 – The Company purchased FSJ L.A.N.D. Transport Ltd. and moved the Oilfield Division to Leduc.
1990 – Mullen moved to new, expanded facilities in Aldersyde and implemented its Quality Program.
1991 – Murray Mullen was appointed President & CEO, a position he held until 2004.
1993 – Mullen went public, raising $9.3 million, Murray Mullen was appointed to the Board of Directors. Listed on the TSX under the ticker MTL, Mullen first traded at $4.50 per share ($1.50 after a 3:1 split).
1994 – Mullen’s Truckload Division had a customer base of over 2,000. The company acquired the Premay Group of companies and installed satellite communications in Oilfield Division trucks.
During the decade, Mullen completed a series of acquisitions including Grimshaw Trucking and Distributing Ltd., Art Primeau Truck Service and Rentals Inc., Cascade Carriers Group of Companies, Spendiff Transport, McGinnis Rat Hole Drilling, and Mill Creek Inc.
1997 – Name changed to Mullen Transportation Inc.
2000 – Mullen issued its first semi-annual dividend payment to shareholders. In a series of initiatives between 2000 and 2002 Mullen moved to the forefront of logistics-driven transportation services across Canada and into the Far North. In combination with Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Northern Transportation Company, Mullen began providing a total transportation solution to the natural resources industry in the far north.
Mullen acquired E-Can Oilfield Services Ltd. and a 49 percent interest in the largest base camp facility in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories.
2001 – Murray was appointed Chairman of the Board, a position he continues to hold.
2002 – Record revenues and strong profits in 2001 positioned the company to acquire seven additional companies in 2002. These included Dominion Rathole Drilling Ltd., OK Rathole Drilling Ltd., Anderson Air Drilling Ltd., Lloydminster Heavy Crude Services Ltd., Temor Oil Services (1974) Ltd., RC Campbell Oilfield Services Ltd. and Kam’s Oilfield Hauling.
2004 – Murray stepped down as President, devoting all of his time to his role of Chairman of the Board and CEO.
2005 – In July 2005, Mullen completed its conversion into an income trust. Name changed to Mullen Group Income Fund. Mullen Group accelerated its growth strategy through a series of acquisitions primarily focused in its Oilfield Services segment. Mullen Group acquired Tenold Transportation Inc., the remaining 55 percent of Payne Transportation Inc., and Schmidt Drilling L.P.
2006 – Mullen Group completed the acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Pe Ben Oilfield Services Ltd., Spearing Service Ltd., Burnell Contractors Ltd., C. Steen Trucking Ltd., Kleysen Investments Limited, Canadian Dewatering Limited, Carl Brady Trucking Ltd. and Brady Sand & Gravel Ltd. In addition, Mullen Group added Producers Oilfield Services Inc. which included some crown jewels in the oilpatch – Swanberg Bros. Trucking, Formula Powell Group and Withers Trucking.
2007 – Mullen Group acquired E.K. Inc., Pro North Well Management Ltd. and Pro North Oilfield Services Ltd.
2008 – Mullen Group completed the acquisitions of R. E. Line Trucking (Coleville) Ltd. and the assets and business of the Transport Division of Essential Energy Services Trust. Mullen Group relocated its head office to Okotoks, Alberta from Aldersyde, Alberta.
2009 – On May 1, 2009, Mullen Group Income Fund was reorganized from an income trust into a traditional corporation. The corporate name was changed to Mullen Group Ltd. trading under the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MTL”.
In August, Mullen Group acquired the remaining 50.0 percent of all the issued and outstanding shares of Durango Oilfield Services Ltd., a privately owned company in which Mullen Group (indirectly) previously held a 50.0 percent equity investment. This company provides oilfield related fluid hauling services in the Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia area. Its business was integrated into the operation of Cascade Energy Services L.P. in the Oilfield Services segment.
That same month, Mullen Group acquired assets of the business of Blackwater Oil & Gas Co. Ltd. and of Blackwater Construction Co. Ltd., oilfield transportation companies operating in the Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia area. The assets acquired from these companies were transferred to and now operate as part of Cascade Energy Services L.P. in the Oilfield Services segment.
2010 – Mullen Group completed five acquisitions by purchasing directly or indirectly all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Radium Industrial Solutions GP Ltd., Ger-ed Transport Ltd., GVT Inc., Smook Contractors Ltd. (formerly known as Smook Bros. (Thompson) Ltd.) and 4645295 Manitoba Ltd.
2011 – On January 1, 2011, Mullen Group indirectly acquired all the issued and outstanding common shares of Panda Tank & Vac Truck Services Inc. On August 15, 2013, Panda Tank & Vac Truck Services Inc. changed its name to Majestic Oilfield Services Inc.
On June 1, 2011, Mullen Group directly acquired all the issued and outstanding common shares of Hi-Way 9 Express Ltd., Load-Way Ltd., Streamline Logistics Inc. and 1006213 Alberta Ltd. (collectively, “Hi-Way 9”).
On July 1, 2011, The operations of FSJ L.A.N.D. Transport L.P., Swanberg Bros. Trucking L.P. and Mullen Oilfield Services L.P. were combined and now operate under Mullen Oilfield Services L.P.
On September 1, 2011, Mullen Group indirectly acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of Polaris Petroleum Ltd.
2012 – On June 1, 2012, Mullen Group indirectly acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Bernie’s Hot Oil Service Ltd. (“Bernie’s“). Bernie’s business was integrated into the operations of Cascade Energy Services L.P., in the Oilfield Services segment.
2013 – On May 31, 2013, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Jay’s Moving & Storage Ltd. On October 31, 2014, Jay’s Moving & Storage Ltd. changed its name to Jay’s Transportation Group Ltd.
In 2013, Mullen Group increased its annual dividend from a $1.00 to $1.20 per Common Share and commenced the practice of declaring and paying the dividend on a monthly basis rather than on a quarterly basis.
2014 – July, Murray assumed the role of President along with his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO.
In December, Mullen Group and Kriska Holdings Limited entered into an agreement to form Kriska Transportation Group Limited which is a new growth orientated transportation and logistics company based in Prescott, Ontario. Mullen Group contributed its interest in Mill Creek Motor Freight L.P. in exchange for a 30 percent equity interest in Kriska Transportation Group Limited.
2015 – On January 1, 2015, the operations of Brady Oilfield Services L.P. were integrated into the operations of Spearing Service L.P.
On January 9, 2015, Mullen Group acquired Manitoba-based Gardewine Group Limited Partnership, one of the largest privately owned transportation carriers in Canada.
On April 10, 2015, Mullen Group acquired an equity interest in Envolve Energy Services Corp, a waste disposal company operating in the Grande Prairie, Alberta region.
On April 17, 2015, Mullen Group acquired a minority equity interest in Cordova Oilfield Services Ltd., a general oilfield hauling company specializing in pipe storage, handling and transportation located in Fort St. John, British Columbia.
On June 1, 2015, the operations of Majestic Oilfield Services Inc. were integrated into the operations of Cascade Energy Services L.P.
On July 1, 2015, Mullen Group acquired a minority equity interest in Butler Ridge Energy Services (2011) Ltd., a fracturing fluid containment, logistics and storage management company based in Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia.
On October 1, 2015, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Courtesy Freight Systems Ltd., a privately owned transportation company based in northwestern Ontario.
2016 – On September 1, 2016, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Motrux Inc., a specialized flat and step deck transportation service headquartered in Delta, British Columbia.
On September 28, 2016, Mullen Group acquired all of the business and assets of Northern Frontier Logistics LP, a company that provided hydrostatic-testing services to the pipeline industry and midstream sector, as well as fluid transfer and water management services to construction and mine sites, municipalities and the energy sector. Northern Frontier Logistics LP’s business and assets have been integrated into the operations of Canadian Dewatering L.P.
On October 1, 2016, Mullen Group purchased Calgary based Caneda Transport Inc. and its Calgary, Alberta terminal. Caneda Transport Inc. provides LTL, truckload, dedicated and intermodal services throughout Canada and the western United States.
On December 1, 2016, Mullen Group acquired E.C.R. Enterprises Ltd., a dry van LTL and truckload transportation company operating out of Creston, British Columbia.
On December 31, 2016, we commenced the dissolution of four of our limited partnerships namely, Mullen Trucking L.P., Kleysen Group L.P., Payne Transportation L.P. and Tenold Transportation Limited Partnership whose operations were contributed into Mullen Trucking Corp., Kleysen Group Ltd., Payne Transportation Ltd. and Tenold Transportation Ltd., respectively.
2017 – On January 31, 2017, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Kel-West Carriers Ltd. Kel-West Carriers Ltd. is headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia and provides transportation and logistics services primarily in western Canada. Kel-West Carriers Ltd. has been integrated into the operations of Payne Transportation Ltd.
On March 17, 2017, Mullen Group acquired all of the remaining issued and outstanding shares of Envolve Energy Services Corp. Envolve Energy Services Corp. is an oilfield fluid processing and disposal company operating in the Grande Prairie, Alberta region.
On August 1, 2017, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Golden Transport Ltd., a next day service between Calgary, Cranbrook, Golden and the Columbia Valley. Golden Transport Ltd. is headquartered in Golden, British Columbia and provides transportation and logistics services primarily in western Canada. Golden has been integrated into the operations of Hi-Way 9 Group of Companies.
On September 1, 2017, Mullen Group acquired all of issued and outstanding shares of RDK Transportation Co. Inc. RDK Transportation Co. Inc. is headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and provides transportation and logistics services throughout Canada and the continental United States.
On October 1, 2017, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of S. Krulicki & Sons Ltd., which operates under the brand names of Winnipeg Moving & Storage and Brandon Moving among others (collectively, “Winnipeg Moving“). Winnipeg Moving is a privately held company headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba that specializes in local, long distance and international residential and commercial moves. Winnipeg Moving has been integrated into the operations of Gardewine Group Limited Partnership.
On November 1, 2017, Mullen Group acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Marshall Trucking Inc. Marshall Trucking Inc. is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and has a terminal in Delta, B.C. Marshall Trucking provides warehousing and local pick-up and delivery between British Columbia and Alberta. Marshall Trucking Inc. has been integrated into the operations of Mullen Trucking Corp.