TOTE is one of five operating groups within the Saltchuk organization.
Saltchuk was started in 1982 when they acquired their first operating company, Totem Ocean Trailer Express. Since then, they have grown their family of great businesses to over twenty independent operating companies.
The name Saltchuk comes from a trading language, Chinook Jargon, that was developed by the natives of the Pacific Rim in North America. After the period of contact the language adopted words used by the Europeans that the natives traded with – principally French and English. “Saltchuk” means saltwater. The company’s name is suggestive of where they come from and what they do. Chinook Jargon was the language of business, it was inclusive of all peoples, and it was dynamic – all traits the owners feel are associated with the Company.
Each Saltchuk operating group is focused on providing a specific set of industrial services. These five operating companies own and manage a group of independently managed operating companies which Saltchuk acquired, partnered in or launched as startups.
- Totem Ocean Trailer Express
- Sea Star Line
- TOTE Logistics – Spectrum Logistics
- Carlile Transportation
- TOTE Services
- TOTE Shipholdings