The History of H.S. Knill Company Ltd.
Founded by Howard Knill in 1933 from Paris, Ontario to provide a livestock trucking service to dairy farmers from local sale barns.
The business grew over the early years to service dairy and beef breeds across North America. H.S. Knill specialized in purebred livestock movements to all areas of North America and Mexico.
In 1969, sons Robert and Allan Knill purchased the company and continued to grow the fleet of 25 trucks. They expanded into dry freight/livestock trailers. This allowed them to haul dry freight one way and livestock on the return trip thus reducing empty miles.
In 1994 Allan Knill purchased Robert’s shares and continues the family operation until 1999.
In 1999, Allan’s son Doug Knill and family friend Bruce Poland purchased the company and continue operating out of the same facility at Paris, Ontario.
In 2010, the company downsized due to the economic slowdown in the United States and Mexico. BSE or Mad Cow Disease had a huge impact on the transportation of livestock. H.S. Knill put their focus on “back to basics”.
Doug Knill retired February of 2016 and now the sole owner is Bruce Poland. H.S. Knill is still running strong and continues to specialize in purebred livestock transportation and freight across Canada with 10 units available for dairy, beef, hogs and horses. The fleet has numerous penning and handling available to custom suit the needs of all livestock.
H.S. Knill can meet the needs of their customers for the transport and care of 1 animal to many animals. This specialized service is rendered for any destination in North America. The assembly facility in Paris, Ontario is capable of holding up to 200 animals. The staff are experienced and trained to handle all animals with care and skill.
Many of the drivers at H.S. Knill have 25+ years experience. All are trained and now licensed with TQA and CLT certificates to ensure safe handling of your livestock.