Intermodal shipping: Hub Group subsidiary acquires Domestic Transport Inc.

Freight transportation and logistics services provider Hub Group Inc. said today that earlier this month its Comtrak Logistics Inc. subsidiary, which offers national drayage and truckload services, acquired Domestic Transport Inc., a Pacific, Washington-based provider of intermodal drayage services.

By ·

Freight transportation and logistics services provider Hub Group Inc. said today that earlier this month its Comtrak Logistics Inc. subsidiary, which offers national drayage and truckload services, acquired Domestic Transport Inc., a Pacific, Washington-based provider of intermodal drayage services.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“This acquisition is well aligned with our goal of growing Hub Group’s drayage network,” said Chris Kravas, Chief Intermodal Officer for Hub Group, in a statement.
“This is the 25th Comtrak terminal in our network and it gives us a significant drayage operation in the Seattle market.”

Launched in 2005, Domestic Transport has expanded from a one-truck operation hauling containers out of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma to a 22-driver operation handling container deliveries in Washington State and throughout the Pacific Northwest, according to Hub.

In January, Hub announced that two new Comtrak terminals were opened in Indianapolis and Milwaukee for customer service and operational reasons, Comtrak President Jim Ronchetto told LM.

In terms of shipper benefits that come with opening these new terminals, Ronchetto said that having these new terminals allows Comtrak to shuttle loads more efficiently with terminal locations located closer to actual freight locations. And he added it allows the company to prepare for anticipated legislative changes and serve a wider area while factoring in possible changes like truck driver hours-of-service.

And in early April the Hub Group acquired asset-light transportation company Exel Transportation Services (ETS), a subsidiary of Deutsche Post World Net, for $83 million. Exel Transportation Services was renamed at Mode Transportation.

Mode is comprised of roughly 300 Independent Business Owners (IBO) that sell and operate the business throughout North America, with corporate offices in Dallas and Memphis, a company-managed operation in Dallas, and a temperature-protected services division called Temstar in Lombard, Illinois, which has 500 temperature-controlled trailers. Mode will be based in Dallas.

Hub officials were not available for additional comments regarding the acquisition of Domestic Transport at press time.


About the Author

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
Maximizing Your Sales Team’s Effectiveness
Companies need to examine how to restructure their sales team to respond to different customers and subsequent buying behaviors and preferences.
Download Today!
From the November 2017 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
An inside look at how a large pharmaceutical firm transformed its vendor and supplier relationships into true, collaborative partnerships—and greatly strengthened its logistics and supply chain operations in the process.
34th Annual Quest for Quality Awards: 2017 Awards Dinner
Trucking Regulations: Washington U-Turns; States put hammer down
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Make Your Products Smarter in the Supply Chain with the IoT
This webinar explores how temperature-sensing smart labels and inexpensive NFC tags are being used to extend product safety and efficiency beyond the shipping dock while also building a communication bridge to your customers.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2017 NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year: Mallinckrodt; Mastering and managing complexity
An inside look at how a large pharmaceutical firm transformed its vendor and supplier relationships...
2017 Alliance Awards: Recognizing outstanding supply chain partnerships
In an era where effective supply chain collaboration is both highly valued and elusive, Logistics...

26th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Transportation at Digital Speed
While a majority of companies strongly agree that transportation is a strategically important...
34th Annual Quest for Quality Awards: Winners Revealed
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers, and North American ports have crossed the service...