ABF LogisticsSM Acquires Bear Transportation Services
FORT SMITH, Arkansas, December 1, 2015 — ABF LogisticsSM, an ArcBest company (Nasdaq: ARCB), today announced it has acquired Bear Transportation Services, L.P., a private, non-asset truckload brokerage firm headquartered in Plano, Texas, effective today, for cash of $26.0 million, subject to normal post-closing adjustments.
Bear Transportation Services has more than 140 employees located in Plano and Fayetteville, Arkansas. The company, founded in 1982, has approximately $120 million in annual revenue, serving a variety of industry segments.
“This company is an excellent fit for ABF Logistics, as we believe the purchase will drive growth and profitability by combining our vision, brand and customer relationships with Bear’s deep pool of experienced sales and operations team members,” said ABF Logistics President Jim Ingram. “We have admired the Bear organization for years and have been impressed with the skillsets and innovative IT concepts we have seen in action.”
ABF Logistics has experienced rapid growth since it was formed in 2013. This acquisition is the second of the year for the company after its purchase of Oklahoma City-based Smart Lines Transportation Group in January 2015.
“We are pleased to find a strategic buyer with a strong culture and a clear growth plan,” said Mike Loehr, a principal owner of Bear Transportation. “Our employees and our customers will benefit from the resources and solutions ABF Logistics and the broader ArcBest organization will provide.”
As an ArcBest company, ABF Logistics helps customers solve supply chain needs through a variety of third-party services. ArcBest has previously stated its strategy to grow its logistics businesses both organically and through acquisitions that add scale to existing services.
ABOUT ABF LOGISTICS
ABF Logistics provides third-party logistics services including brokerage, intermodal, and ocean transport, transportation management, warehousing and household moving. We have the skill and the will to build and deliver seamless, customized supply chain solutions powered by advanced technology with access through a single point of contact.
ArcBest Corporation SM (Nasdaq: ARCB) solves complex logistics and transportation challenges. Our companies and brands – ABF FreightSM, ABF LogisticsSM, Panther Premium Logistics®, FleetNet America®, U-Pack® and ArcBest Technologies – apply the skill and the will with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair. ArcBest finds a way. For more information, visit arcb.com, abf.com, pantherpremium.com, fleetnetamerica.com and upack.com. ArcBest CorporationSM. The Skill & The WillSM.
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