TLC Acquires Pennsylvania Firm

February 11, 2003
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ZEELAND — The recent acquisition of a Pennsylvania trucking company’s van and refrigerated operations will help Total Logistic Control Inc. shore up business in the northeast.

The Zeeland-based TLC acquired the operations of Birkmire Trucking Co. in Erie, Pa., in December. The acquisition included 44 tractors and 101 trailers, taking the TLC fleet to 400 tractors and 700 dry and refrigerated trailers.

“This acquisition offers TLC an opportunity to develop relationships with new customers and to grow with mutual customers between the two companies,” said Chris Kozak, TLC’s vice president and general manager of supply chains services.

“The acquisition blends very well into our existing business and infrastructure and will solidify our presence in the northeast,” Kozak said.

TLC, a third-party logistics and transportation company, presently has a terminal and office in Erie, Pa. The company’s logistics network, including dedicated transportation and transportation management services, also includes transportation terminals in Kalamazoo and Lansing in Michigan, La Vergne, Tenn., and Rochelle, Ill.

The Birkmire Trucking Co. acquisition was the second in a year that TLC has made in Erie. TLC a year ago bought TSI, the over-the-road division of TWL Corp., an Erie-based regional truckload carrier serving the food industry with dry and refrigerated services.

The TSI acquisition added 39 tractors and 118 dry and refrigerated trailers to TLC’s fleet, as well as the 18,500-square-foot maintenance and operations terminal in Erie.

Both the TSI and Birkmire acquisitions were intended to support TLC’s growing business in the east that is due in part to the company’s bottling operations in Pennsylvania.

TSI, Kozak said at the time, was an “excellent fit” that increased TLC’s inbound and outbound transportation capacity in Pennsylvania, New York and the eastern corridor.           

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