C.R. ENGLAND ACQUIRES CARSON TRANSPORT, INC.
Adds Load Consolidation to Its Value-Added Services
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — June 28, 2005 — C.R. England, Inc., an 85-year-old refrigerated trucking company, recently strengthened its Logistics Division by acquiring Carson Transport, Inc., a third party logistics company specializing in refrigerated less-than-full-truckload (LTL) service for perishable food manufacturers.
“This is an ideal company to help us launch our LTL service,” said Sean Snow, C.R. England Vice President of England Logistics. “Carson’s top-notch people, strong carrier relationships and a solid customer base are core strengths we looked for in a company.”
While C.R. England is one of North America’s largest refrigerated carriers, it previously did not offer shipping for partial loads. Now, the company will offer coast-to-coast delivery of refrigerated LTL loads within five business days.
“England is dedicated to becoming a leader in temperature controlled, load consolidation service and this acquisition will help us reach that goal,” added Snow. The company’s expertise in temperature-controlled shipping started in 1920 when company founder, Chester Rodney England, began buying and selling fresh produce.
C.R. England acquired northern California-based Carson Transport’s ongoing operations and selected assets, though terms of the sale were not disclosed. Originally founded by William Schuman, Carson Transport has successfully operated for more than five years in the refrigerated load consolidation business.
Schuman feels the timing of this acquisition is ideal for a combination of reasons.
“We’re in a competitive industry with escalating service expectations,” Schuman said. “Our two companies share the same goals and entrepreneurial culture and this acquisition makes the service more efficient and offers a larger menu of opportunity for customers.”
ABOUT C.R. ENGLAND
C.R. England is a family-owned refrigerated transportation business with revenues in 2004 that exceeded $500 million. The company’s more than 4,350 courteous employees, drivers and owner-operators take pride in providing the highest quality service, safety and on-time delivery with more than 2,600 trucks and 4,100 trailers. The company has become an industry leader in providing temperature-controlled truckload, brokerage, intermodal and container service. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, C.R. England operates in the 48 contiguous states, Canada and Mexico and maintains terminals in California, Colorado, Texas, New Jersey and South Carolina. The company also operates six driving schools across the country.