Daseke Inc., a group of flatbed and specialized carriers, announced it has acquired the Redmond, Ore.-based Central Oregon Truck Company.
The transaction took place Aug. 1 and follows Gaffney, S.C.-based J. Grady Randolph Inc. joining Daseke, making the holding company one of the 20 largest flatbed and specialty carriers in North America. Other Daseke companies include Smokey Point Distributing and E.W. Wylie.
Rick Williams, one of the founders and CEO of Central Oregon Truck Company, said that the decision to join Daseke brings added momentum to a company already on the move.
Originally formed by a group of friends who were former drivers, including Williams, Central Oregon Truck Company has been a mainstay flatbed carrier throughout the 11 western states and has grown to handle loads with customers throughout the lower 48 states and in Canada.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.