RoadLink snaps up Pacific Northwest intermodal provider
• RoadLink to buy Canadian drayage company
Less than a week after acquiring a Canadian port trucker, short-haul container delivery provider RoadLink announced it added American Freight Systems Inc. to expand its service coverage in the Pacific Northwest.
The deal is the eighth RoadLink acquisition since investment fund Fenway Partners took control of the company in September 2006. RoadLink’s strategy is based on providing a one-stop shop for international and domestic container movements to and from ports and intermodal rail yards in the United States, and increasingly the rest of North America. The Atlanta-based company serves ocean carriers, shippers, railroads and intermodal marketing companies.
American Freight Systems, based in Vancouver, Wash., has a fleet of 55 company-owned trucks and chassis, and 16 independent truckers operating from service centers near the ports of Tacoma, Seattle and Portland, Ore.
In February, RoadLink gained a regional presence with the purchase of Seattle-based West Coast Trucking, which operated a fleet of 70 trucks. It agreed last week to buy CP Ships Trucking Ltd. from Hapag-Lloyd Canada.
AFS founder John Rodgers will continue as a consultant to help with the transition to RoadLink management.