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Lynden subsidiary acquires Port Side Trucking

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
March 25, 2011

Earlier this month, Pacific Northwest-based refrigerated motor carrier Brown Line, LLC, a subsidiary of Lynden Transport, acquired the operations of Port Side Trucking, a Kent, Washington-based refrigerated trucking company.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed by March 31.

Lynden Director of Marketing and Media David Rosenzweig told LM that the primary reason for this deal was that Port Side was a good fit for Brown Line and presented a market opportunity to increase volume, and add several lanes to its existing business.

Brown Line provides shippers with temperature-controlled, less-than-truckload (LTL) specialized service along the West Coast, as well as scheduled service to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis from the Puget Sound and Southern British Columbia, and Port Side offers service from the Pacific Northwest to Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Portland, Oregon.

Company officials said the routes the company is gaining from Port Side will benefit shippers served by both Brown and Port Side and provides a seamless, high quality refrigerated delivery network.

Rosenzweig added that Port Side was an attractive acquisition target, because it also carries refrigerated food commodities but to different markets that were not previously served by Brown Line.

“There are a large number of customers who did business with both companies,” he said. Now those customers can reach all the market location from a single source. One call for all of the customers’ needs.”

He declined to provide information regarding how many customers Port Side has, as well as how many tractors and trailers are currently run by Port Side.

“Port Side serves markets that complement our existing services and allows us to offer customers a true one-stop-shop for shipping all temperature-controlled commodities,” says Jason Jansen, Brown Line President, in a statement. “Brown Line’s specialty is shipping seafood and other delicate freight. Now we can offer customers additional delivery areas and a variety of choices in shipping fresh, frozen and non-refrigerated freight. We are now positioned to serve the West Coast, Midwest, Northeast and British Columbia with the fastest door-to-door service available.”

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Jeff Berman
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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. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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