Wilson's Truck Lines

OUR COMPANY  |  Our History

Trucking, warehousing & distribution
OUR COMPANY  |  Our History
Driving into the Future
The family and the business have flourished and stayed on track with John Wilson’s vision.

A long History of Trucking

Experts in Food distribution for Over 80 Years

John Wesley Wilson started the company in 1937 with four red Dodge, single axle trucks and four 20 ft. trailers. This began the company’s history in food distribution. Eventually the 22 different trucking companies that hauled for the A&P grocery chain became one, Wilson’s Truck Lines.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1937

Company founded by John Wesley Wilson after purchasing a truck to transport goods from his local farm to Toronto. He then bartered for 3 more trucks under contract with A&P Canada.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1939-1945

Focus of Wilson’s changes briefly during WWII; company begins hauling aircraft wings.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1949

Carl Herbert Wilson assumes control of the company.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1950

Wilson’s operates the first tractor trailer shipment in northern Ontario on all gravel roads.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1981

James Wilson purchased the family business from Carl Wilson, at which time A&P Canada and Dominion stores were the primary clients.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1985

A&P Canada purchases Dominion stores, in return giving Wilson’s an increase in business and replacing Laidlaw Transport and Dominion stores’ private fleet.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1989

A&P Canada purchased Miracle Mart and Ultra Food&Drug.

Trucking deregulation is implemented in Ontario, opening up the industry to more operators, providing Wilson’s with a greater opportunity for growth, focused in the food industry.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

1999

Metro acquires Loeb and its 2 warehouses in Ottawa, adding 41 supermarkets to its network in eastern and northern Ontario.

Wilson’s signs first official 10 year contract with A&P Canada.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

2005

Metro Inc. purchases A&P Canada for $1.7B.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

2010

Impressed by the service provided in the previous contract, Metro signs a 10-year contract renewal with Wilson’s.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

2014

Metro continues its focus and commitment to growth through its acquisition of a majority stake in Premiere Moisson.

Wilson's Truck Lines History

2017

80 year anniversary kicked off with a fresh new look!

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Driving into the Future
The family and the business have flourished and stayed on track with John Wilson’s vision.
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