The long and successful track record for Steed Standard Transport Limited began back in 1913 in Stratford, Ontario. Local entrepreneur James ‘Scotty’ Hamilton launched James Hamilton Teamster using a horse and wagon to deliver coal and lumber. The company also transported luggage to and from the local train station. In 1920 Hamilton bought a used, surplus army truck to expand the business by hauling gravel and doing household moves.
James Hamilton renamed the company Standard Transport in 1927. A year later he landed his first major contract with a busy local furniture factory, Kroehler Manufacturing Company.
In 1939, Hamilton invited his eldest daughter, Helene, and her husband, Gordon E. Steed, to help work for the business. His client, Kroehler, was called upon to make wing and tail assemblies for war planes, which added to the workload.
James Hamilton served with the Perth Regiment during the first war. He also delivered supplies between Stratford and Niagara Falls as part of the war effort.
When James Hamilton died in 1945, Gordon E. Steed and Helene Steed became the second generation owners of Standard Transport. Their son, Gordon J. Steed, joined the company as a truck driver in 1956. After 10 years Gordon and his wife Elaine bought the company from his parents. In 1966 the company was renamed Steed Standard Transport.
Gordon and Elaine’s son, James Steed began working for the company at an early age doing odd jobs. He later pursued an education in the administrative side of business and gained valuable first-hand experience within the trucking industry. He began working with SST in 1990 as a driver. In 2000, James became the fourth generation to purchase the company.