The Top 100 3PL & Cold Storage Providers for 2012

Our annual list of the leading third-party logistics providers and cold storage operators in the food and beverage industry.


Interstate Transport, St. Petersburg, FL
Web site: www.interstate-transport.com
Year founded: 2002
Number of employees: 61
Area(s) served: National
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Temperature-controlled, time-sensitive freight, dry and flatbed 3PL and asset-based transportation for the country’s largest shippers in the foodservice, restaurant, grocery, retail, big-box, and construction industries.

 

J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Lowell, AR
Web site: www.jbhunt.com
Year founded: 1961
Number of employees: 15,631
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. focuses on providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, the company provides capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.

 

Jacobson CompaniesJacobson Companies, Des Moines, IA
Web site: www.jacobsonco.com
Year founded: 1968
Number of employees: 7,000
Area(s) served: International
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Our strategy and service philosophy offers flexibility, trust and collaboration with our clients. We provide creative and technology-forward logistics solutions to the food and beverage and consumer packaged goods industries.

 

Jameson Logistics, Elfers, FL
Web site: www.jamesonlogistics.com
Year founded: 1989
Number of employees: 8
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Non-asset based
Worth noting: We have the experience, knowledge and technology to control systems that efficiently place your product in your customers’ hands, on time and in the best possible condition. We become an extension of your traffic department and do whatever it takes to meet and exceed your customers’ expectations.

 

Jarrett Logistics Systems, Orrville, OH
Web site: www.jarrettlogistics.com
Year founded: 1999
Number of employees: 65
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Non-asset based
Worth noting: Jarrett Logistics Systems in cooperation with JM Smucker’s acquiring of the coffee & tea division of Sara Lee, has worked to consolidate co-manufacturing, vendors, and multiple shipping locations into a seamless shipping process. Through JLS account management, JM Smucker has maintained high quality delivery standards unmatched in their industry.

 

Johanson Transportation ServiceJohanson Transportation Service, Fresno, CA
Web site: www.johansontrans.com
Year founded: 1971
Number of employees: 72
Area(s) served: North America; International
Asset/Non-asset: Non-asset based
Worth noting: JTS’ work with charities and education earned us the 2012 Business-School Partnership Award and the 2011 California Family Business Award which was based on longevity, company strategies, and community contributions.

 

Kane Is AbleKane Is Able, Scranton, PA
Web site: www.kaneisable.com
Year founded: 1930
Number of employees: 1,000
Area(s) served: National
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Kane has pioneered the growing practice of collaborative distribution, by which small and mid-market companies co-locate inventory and pool shipments to reduce empty miles, take trucks off the road, and reduce carbon emissions.

 

Kenco Logistic ServicesKenco Logistic Services, Chattanooga, TN
Web site: www.kencogroup.com
Year founded: 1950
Number of employees: 4,000
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: For over 60 years, Kenco has built lasting customer relationships because it is the 3PL that listens, learns and adapts. Privately-held and financially strong, Kenco’s focus is on common sense solutions that drive uncommon value.

 

KTI, Ltd.KTI, Ltd., Pulaski, VA
Web site: www.ktiltd.com
Year founded: 1995
Number of employees: 25
Area(s) served: National
Asset/Non-asset: Asset-based
Worth noting: A family owned company that is committed to providing first-class service. 100 percent of warehouse space is Certified AIB food Grade.

 

Lily Transportation Corp., Needham, MA
Web site: www.lily.com
Year founded: 1958
Number of employees: 465
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Asset-based
Worth noting: Lily provides guaranteed delivery services to our customers that cover all seasonal demands. During Holiday seasons we increase our dedicated fleets by as much as 500 percent.

 

Lineage LogisticsLineage Logistics, San Francisco, CA
Web site: www.lineagelogistics.com
Year founded: 2012
Number of employees: 1,100
Area(s) served: Regional
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Lineage Logistics provides customers customized and dependable temperature-controlled supply chain solutions including warehousing services to support regional distribution programs, on-site processing for perishable food processors and import/export services through warehouses located on or near major U.S. ports.

 

LMTSLMTS, Raleigh, NC
Web site: www.lmts.com
Year founded: 1977
Number of employees: 47
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Non-asset based
Worth noting: LMTS debuted its new TMS, Genesis powered by Mercury Gate in 2012 to build a virtual marketplace for shippers and carriers

 

Matson Logistics, Inc.Matson Logistics, Inc., Concord, CA
Web site: www.matson.com
Year founded: 1987
Number of employees: 320
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Matson Logistics provides company-operated warehousing and distribution services integrated with ocean, highway, and rail transportation to serve a broad array of shippers throughout North America.

 

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, San Mateo, CA
Web site: www.menloworldwide.com
Year founded: 1990
Number of employees: 6,500
Area(s) served: North America; International
Asset/Non-asset: Non-asset based
Worth noting: Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a SmartWay Transport Partner, designs and implements logistics solutions that provide customers a competitive supply chain advantage. Menlo will implement an optimal network minimizing landed cost.

 

Metro Park WarehousesMetro Park Warehouses, Kansas City, MO
Web site: www.metroparkwarehouses.com
Year founded: 1970
Number of employees: 150
Area(s) served: Regional
Asset/Non-asset: Asset-based
Worth noting: Honored as U.S. Regional Distribution Center of the Year four of past eight years by international beverage company offering multi-vendor consolidation programs, inventory purchase management services, wholesale drug distribution & call center services from seven modern flexible public and dedicated contract facilities located in Kansas City to maximize all modes of transportation savings and efficiencies.

 

MHW Group (Cryo-Trans), Owings Mills, MD
Web site: www.mhwgroup.com
Year founded: 1985
Number of employees: 25
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Cryo-Trans owns and leases the largest fleet of private reefer boxcars in North America. Recent honors include H.J. Heinz’ Carrier of the Year (2011) and Frito-Lay’s Carrier Performance Award (2009).

 

Midwest Refrigerated Svcs., Milwaukee, WI
Web site: www.midwestrefrigerated.com
Year founded: 2008
Number of employees: 150
Area(s) served: National
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: One of the largest asset based nationwide fresh/frozen LTL consolidation pools in
the upper Midwest. Expertise in handling dual temp
loads utilizing bulkheads with thermostatically
controlled fans.

 

Millard, Omaha, NE
Web site: www.millardref.com
Year founded: 1963
Number of employees: 2,000
Area(s) served: National; Canada
Asset/Non-asset: Both
Worth noting: Millard is an acknowledged leader in optimizing the flow of temperature-sensitive products from processing facilities to retail stores or restaurants by instituting best practices in logistics and warehousing execution.

 

Murphy Warehouse Co., Minneapolis, MN
Web site: www.murphywarehouse.com
Year founded: 1904
Number of employees: 170
Area(s) served: North America
Asset/Non-asset: Asset-based
Worth noting: Third largest Minnesota solar generator, three LEED Gold/Silver & Energy Star Certified facilities, OSHA-SHARP, ISO 9001 & 14001, plants native prairies at facilities, Food Logistics Top 3PL Provider since 2006.

 

Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage Co., Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Web site: www.newportcold.com
Year founded: 1958
Number of employees: 40
Area(s) served: Regional
Asset/Non-asset: Asset-based
Worth noting: We are a member of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouse (IARW) and we specialize in serving the Upper Midwest market in the U.S.

 

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