Kim-Tam Logistics Expands USA Fleet

Steve Pollock
March 2022

BLASDELL, NY…. In 1855 brothers Mark and Lewis Samuel opened M&L Samuel, a hardware and metal import/export company in Toronto, Canada.  Now 167 years later, the company has grown to more than 80 metal processing and distribution centers and manufacturing facilities across the USA, Mexico and Canada.  Today, Samuel, Son & Company is still owned by the 5th generation of the Samuel family.

As the company grew, the need for a transportation arm to move their steel to customers became more acute and in 1964 Kim-Tam Logistics was launched.  Named after Mr. Samuel’s daughters Kimberly and Tammy, Kim-Tam Logistics has been moving steel and metal products for the past 58 years.

In January 2022, Kim-Tam Logistics USA ramped up efforts to add owner-operators and hire additional company drivers.  General Manager John Korta stated, “We are in growth mode in the USA and have many opportunities for owner-operators and company drivers who would like to partner with us to fuel our growth.  Samuel, Son & Company has over 4 billion dollars in annual revenues and need professional drivers to support its operations and its affiliates. Kim-Tam Logistics is one of the safest, most reliable steel haulers on the road today, providing a single source to haul metals and industrial products throughout North America, including cross border services.”

Currently the Kim-Tam Logistics fleet consists of 120 owner-operators and 50 company trucks, serving specialty mills, automotive, packaging products, manufacturing, and construction industries.  The company has both local and OTR hauls available for drivers.  The loads are point-to-point for Samuel, Son & Company’s processing and distribution centers.  Local hauls are available in Toledo, Ohio; Columbia, Tennessee; as well as Rochester and Buffalo, New York.  OTR hauls are available throughout the Midwest, particularly in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio. 

Kim-Tam plans to expand operations into Alabama; Georgia and Mexico.  The majority of the freight moved is exclusively for Samuel, Son & Company. Drivers are hauling direct for the shipper, with no brokers or middlemen to cut into revenues.  There is a limited amount of brokered freight and trucks are kept loaded and running.  The freight is primarily hauled on tandem axle flatbed trailers equipped with Roll Tite Tarping Systems.  There are a limited number of multi-axle trailers running the Toledo-Michigan corridor.  Owner-operators are welcome with or without their own trailer.  Company drivers have all miles paid with premiums for short hauls.  A lease purchase program is available for qualified candidates.

Kim-Tam Logistics has been adapting to new technologies with integrity, diversity, and inclusion fueling their growth.  The company believes in promotion from within with employees.  Keith Lindamer is a testament to that fact.  Lindamer began as a driver, then a dispatcher and is currently Safety and Compliance Manager for the USA. 

Controller Marianna Cebula says, “Our profitability in the USA mirrors our longstanding Canadian operations success.  Our goal is support Samuel, Son & Co. in the USA as they grow and acquire additional locations.  This is value added business for us.”

To learn more about the opportunities available for owner-operators and company drivers at Kim-Tam Logistics, call 833-473-3733.