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July 20, 2013

W.S. Thomas changes hands

Online Transport purchases 100-year-old company, name will remain same

FAIRMONT — The next chapter of W.S. Thomas Transfer’s long history is beginning as the company is now under new ownership.

Former owner and president Robert H. “Buck” Thompson recently sold his regional freight hauler, which has been in business in Fairmont for more than 100 years, to Greenfield, Ind.-based Online Transport Inc. Online Transport officially took over the operations, located at 1854 Morgantown Ave., on July 1 and has kept all of the existing employees.

After working with W.S. Thomas Transfer Inc. for 64 years, Robert decided it was time for him to get out of the business and retire. He said he’d been working with a marketing professional for the last couple years to find a buyer.

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