The Jade Transport Story
Know the history and background of Jade Transport and how we became who we are today.
Jade Transport's Co-Presidents: Larry Dyck (left), Kim Dyck (middle), Greg Arndt (right)
Jade Transport has a long history of pursuing excellence. At Jade Transport, we believe that the company is more than a business. It is a diverse group of people brought together by their common love for trucks, quality, and service. In every aspect we strive for quality, from the calibre of employees that are a part of the Jade team, to the equipment and, ultimately in the service provided to our customers. Jade Transport is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The story of Jade began way back in 1935 when Jake Dyck started hauling logs with a Model A truck. After immigrating to Manitoba in 1952, the elder Dyck transported cars from Ontario to Saskatchewan. In 1965, he decided to leave the highway to work locally for a tanker company called Oil and Industry Suppliers. Four years later, in 1969, Jake was offered a local contract to haul asphalt cement, and he joined forces with a partner to form J & J Trucking and after a short period of time, Jake bought out his partners. Jake's son Larry began working for the company in 1975, and J & J Trucking officially became "Jade Transport Ltd." Jade took on a story of its own as the letters in the word was an acronym for Jake Amy Dyck Enterprises, named after Jake, and his wife, Amy. In 1984, Larry and his wife, Kim, took over Jade Transport. Jake retired in 1986, and that same year Greg Arndt, a high school friend of Larry's, came to work in the office, and soon thereafter became a partner in the business.
In the mid-1980s, Jade broadened its horizons when it partnered with another company, Provincial Tankers, a division of Route Canada, from Concord, Ontario. Jade became their agent for Western Canada, and began hauling chemicals after acquiring its first stainless steel units in the latter part of the decade. Following the demise of Route Canada in 1988, and after receiving its own operating authority, Jade Transport started hauling cross-border to the U.S. and coast-to-coast across Canada. In the early 90's, Jade specialized in the transport of bulk liquid, ranging from hazardous waste to kosher food grade products. Today, the Jade Transport fleet and team continues to grow. Each truck as Jade are custom ordered and outfitted with a custom paint-job. Many of our trucks are show-quality, and in fact, Jade has won hundreds of awards at truck shows throughout North America. Here at Jade, we believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and our commitment to detail applies not only to our fleet, but to all of our dealings with our customers.
We are committed to constantly improving our quality of service. In 2009, we achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, and have been ISO certified since 2000. We at Jade recognize the value in doing things as safely and profesionally as possible, and have voluntarily joined several organizations and have sought out certifications that improve the quality and safety of our industry-leading service. Jade Transport is also a CVSA approved vehicle inspection station, and has the ability to certify trucks to operate anywhere in North America. Our 10,000 square foot, six-bay maintenance shop has an external wash facility that is open to the public.
Larry Dyck - President
Larry Dyck is the president and owner of Jade. A couple of his favourite Bible verses, which he's tried to pattern his life after, are found in Proverbs 3:5,6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths." Larry started at Jade Transport in 1975 on a full-time basis right out of high school. Before that, Larry helped his dad grease and wash trucks since he was about 12 years old. He's always loved getting into a truck. The sound, the motion, and even the smell, Larry loves it all. In some ways it's like a form of art: becoming part of the machine by making it run smoothly through the gears, transporting liquids in tankers without baffles, and arriving safely and efficiently at the destination. He also sees the trucks as a canvas in their own right and enjoys creating and implementing designs together with his two sons and some of the drivers.
His main jobs these days are coaching the various team leaders, procuring equipment, quoting rates, and supervising various projects. Over the past 32 years he's done quite a variety of trucking jobs, including hauling tanker, hopper, reefer, livestock, and flatdeck loads. He's trucked all across Canada and has traveled to or through all fifty states, including Alaska, which was one of the highlights of Larry’s career.
He also likes building custom trucks and competing at truck shows around the continent, especially when his wife, Kim, comes along to supervise and help polish. He really enjoys meeting people at the shows and has made many friends along the way. When he is not at Jade, Larry spends his time traveling with his family, relaxing at the cabin, hanging out with friends, and cruising in the 'Missing Linc', a 1940 Ford with a Lincoln engine. During the winter he likes snowmobiling, the deeper the powder the happier he is. He also enjoys driving the bus for his church, which he has done for well over 30 years.
Greg Arndt - Vice President
Greg Arndt is the Vice-President of Jade Transport. His career at Jade started 34 years ago when he hauled bunker fuel and asphalt for Jake Dyck, the company's founder. After two years at Jade, Greg moved on to operate the heavy equipment for his in-laws' business, Birds Hill Gravel and Stone Ltd. In 1986, Greg and a partner started Birds Hill Transport by purchasing two new tractors and semi-dump trailers. In '86, Greg also joined his high school friend, Larry, as a partner in Jade Transport. In total Greg has worked at Jade for more than 25 years. Now most of Greg's energy is focused on managing Jade's assets to achieve profitability while creating a work environment where integrity and fair play are valued.
Greg is committed to the trucking industry and loves the challenges that it presents. When asked about what education he received that is relevant to his career, Greg says that most of what he has learnt was by the seat of his pants. Although he did complete many night school accounting classes, Greg attributes much of his success to the perseverance, endurance, and self confidence that he gained after 5 years in Navy Cadets and the Canadian Navy Reserve.
Growing up Greg loved trucks and large machines and wanted to become a farmer. Meeting Larry in high school re-awakened his interest in trucks and all things mechanical. This interest turned into a job at Arnold Bros. Transport when Greg began working for his wife's uncle, Gerry Arnold. This experience, combined with marrying into a family with a quarry operation, had a significant influence on Greg's career and helped steer him into the business of trucking.
If Greg isn't in his office, he may be seen cruising with the top down in his Mustang Cobra Convertible. When Greg is not out driving, he spends much of his time keeping informed on current issues and following politics. Greg is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys his time fishing and hunting and doing almost every activity imaginable outdoors, be it boating, snowmobiling, hiking, or landscaping, Greg enjoys it all.
Kim Dyck - Partner
Kim’s ties to the trucking industry run deep. Her first introduction was through her father, Albert Sulkers, who worked for Imperial Oil in East St. Paul, Manitoba, first as a truck driver and later in the dispatch office. Her familiarity with it helped her fit right in at Jade when she joined in the family business, working out of Jake and Amy’s kitchen. At one point, Kim earned her Class 1 learner’s permit and had plans to go trucking but ended up taking on a different position in the company.
The demands of a small business are varied and come at you from all directions. Kim has filled many different roles and has worn many hats at Jade over the years, doing whatever was needed most to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Kim is one of the few people on the planet who can say that their favourite part of their job is collections! For anyone who knows Kim personally, this makes sense; she loves a good project, she loves seeing immediate results from the work of her own hands, and she has a dogged ability to follow a task through to completion. Especially when money was tight and she had a young family to feed, Kim had little choice but to learn to fight for what was owed to her and Larry and the company.
If she hadn’t worked at Jade she might have become a lawyer or a flight attendant. The latter would have been a long-shot, admits Kim, considering that the physical requirements for flight staff recruits in the 1970s would have ruled her out on account of her being too tall and needing glasses.
When she’s not working at Jade, Kim can be found working in her garden or feeding friends- both new and old - around her massive dining room table. Her favourite guests of all are her children and grandchildren. A gracious host, talented cook, and an adventurer at heart, Kim's influence on Jade has helped to shape the company into what it is today.
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