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Chambers Group

History

In 1953 Art and Mona Chambers moved to Vernon, BC with their three children.  Art was a Sergeant in the Combat Engineers of the Canadian Army, and had been transferred to the Vernon Army Base. Once in Vernon, both Art and Mona decided that the Okanagan is where they wanted to stay and Art left the army to pursue a life in the forest industry.

In 1964, Art and his son Danny opened Dan Chambers Trucking with just two 1954 freightliner pup-and-truck lumber units in Lumby, BC. While Danny and Art drove day and night, Mona kept books and took orders for her husband and son’s growing business.

At first, Dan Chambers Trucking hauled a little of everything – lumber, logs, and even heavy equipment.

In 1972, the company hauled its first load of wood chips to a Kamloops pulp mill using a 45-foot semi-trailer with the roof removed.   Art had a feeling he was on to something; the introduction of wood residuals became a major turning point in the company’s history.

After fourteen years with the company, Danny sold his shares to Art and Mona in 1978 to pursue other interests in trailer manufacturing and design.  After an official name change to DCT Chambers Trucking Ltd, Art and Mona turned to their younger son David and convinced him to leave the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the spring of 1980 and become part of the growing operation.  Today, the entire organization is jointly held by Art, Mona, and David Chambers.

In 1982, Art and David bought one of the forest industry’s first portable chippers and soon DCT was running multiple chipping operations across the province. Today, DCT operates the largest independent whole log chipper mill in BC capable of consuming 2,500 cubic metres of logs per day.

To accommodate our clients’ changing needs and increase our fleet, in 1990 DCT acquired Langley Freight Lines, to haul general freight in the Pacific Northwest.  Since then, LFL has grown into a multi-faceted company providing transportation solutions for aggregates, chemicals, dry bulk commodities, forest products, petroleum, and intermodal rail/truck transfers.

In 2006, DCT acquired another family-run forestry trucking company called Glen Transport.  Based in Skookumchuck, BC, Glen Transport continues to be a leader in off-highway wood chip hauling throughout Alberta, BC, and Montana.

To recognize our evolving company and to honour the family behind it, we are now known as The Chambers Group.  With over 50 years in the transportation business and a management team that spans three generations, The Chambers Group remains committed to offering competitive logistics and transportation solutions for years to come.

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