Greatwide Logistics Services, a national provider of third-party logistics (3PL) services, has acquired the contracts, personnel and equipment of Overton Transportation, a subsidiary of food distributor Sysco Corp. The business will be integrated under the Greatwide Freight brand.
Overton currently has 70 tractors, 100 trailers and 133 employees located in La Vergne, Tenn. Through the use of team drivers Greatwide will operate expedited temperature-controlled service from coast to coast, allowing for transit of perishable goods from the grower to wholesale and retail distribution points.
“The acquisition of Overton Transportation allows us to provide new temperature-controlled logistics solutions that many of our grocery customers have requested,” explains John Simone, president and chief operating officer, Greatwide Logistics Services. “Overton also enhances our capabilities in our current one-way truckload offering. When combined with our dedicated and brokerage competencies, there are significant opportunities to collaborate and innovate in ways neither of us could have done on our own.”
With more than 4,000 tractors on the road, Greatwide is one of the largest 3PL service providers for produce and other temperature-controlled products. The company is also one of the largest logistics providers for the produce industry, transporting both short and long haul cross-country for weekly distribution.
For more than 20 years, Overton Transportation has operated as a long-haul carrier in 48 states in the refrigerated and dry carriage industry. The company focuses on team runs to California with return loads of produce to Sysco. Overton’s terminal is located in La Vergne, Tenn.