ABF Logistics Acquires Bear Transportation Services - Global Trade Magazine
  January 5th, 2016 | Written by

ABF Logistics Acquires Bear Transportation Services

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  • Bear Transportation Services has 140 employees, $120 million in revenues, and serves a variety of industries.
  • ABF Logistics President Jim Ingram: We have admired Bear’s skillsets and innovative IT concepts.
  • In January 2015 ABF Logistics acquired Smart Lines Transportation Group of Oklahoma City.

ABF Logistics has acquired Bear Transportation Services, L.P., a private, non-asset truckload brokerage firm headquartered in Plano, Texas, effective today, for $26 million.

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 provides third-party logistics services including brokerage, intermodal, and ocean transport, transportation management, warehousing, and household moving. ArcBest Corporation provides logistics and transportation services through companies and brands such as ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics, FleetNet America, U-Pack, and ArcBest Technologies. ArcBest has a stated strategy of growing its logistics businesses both organically and through acquisitions that add scale to existing services.

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