Landstar Acquires Two Companies

July 15, 2009
Third-party logistics provider Landstar has acquired two supply chain transportation integration companies

Landstar System Inc. announced it has acquired Premier Logistics Inc. and A3 Integration LLC.

"Today is a very exciting day in the continuing evolution of Landstar," said Henry Gerkens, president and CEO of Landstar. "These two technology-based acquisitions immediately position Landstar as a premier supply chain solutions provider for small and large customers alike in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment. Landstar independent sales agents will now be able to offer customers complete integrated supply chain solutions with industry-leading technology. Additionally, our third-party capacity should benefit from increased loading opportunities created through this new service offering."

Premier, based in Detroit, MI, will remain under the leadership of Scott Taylor as president. Premier provides dynamic freight management services for customers through its proprietary Web-based software. Through its operating subsidiaries, National Logistics Management (NLM) and Interactive Capacity Gateway LLC (ICG), from purchase order to delivery, the Premier solution includes Web-based bidding, scheduling, shipping, tracking and reporting, allowing customers complete real-time visibility to follow their inbound and outbound shipments from pickup to destination.

A3i, based in Ann Arbor, MI, will provide customers with state-of-the-art Web-based transportation and supply chain management technologies to optimize the complete order-to-cash process. The A3i solution offers shipment optimization, carrier visibility and supply chain event management, all with multi-lingual, multi-currency and multi-modal capabilities.

Lorne Darnell, one of the principal officers and founders of A3i, will continue in his role as president. Darnell's experience in the software and logistics industries totals more than 25 years. He is the former CEO and co-founder of LogiCorp Inc., the first non-asset based, 3PL company in the automotive manufacturing industry, and has served in various management positions at Ford Motor Company and Rockwell International.

Both companies will operate as separate subsidiaries of Landstar Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., a newly formed Landstar company to be headed by Landstar Global Logistics, Inc. President, Jim Handoush.

During the 2009 second quarter, Landstar incurred approximately $2.0 million in costs related to these acquisitions. These one-time acquisition related expenses will be reflected in the 2009 second quarter income statement and will reduce the 2009 second quarter diluted earnings per share by approximately $.02 per diluted share. The company expects that the acquisitions will not have a material effect on its revenue and earnings for the third and fourth quarters of 2009.

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