Peoples Services Acquires Central Warehouse Operations

Three new locations will improve the service levels and flexibility of a small company with the resources of a larger company

Canton, OhioSept. 3, 2013Peoples Services, Inc. (PSI) headquartered in Canton, Ohio, acquired Michigan-based Central Warehouse Operations, Inc. from Central Warehouse Company. Doug Sibila, chief executive officer of Peoples Services, said that the three new locations will improve the service levels and flexibility of a small company with the resources of a larger company.

This acquisition will broaden the scope of services and locations to the benefit of clients of both Peoples Services and Central Warehouse Operations. The combined businesses will operate more than 5 million square feet of contract and public warehouse space located in six states and 20 different facilities: Akron, Barberton, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Hebron, Mogadore, Navarre, Massillon and Vandalia, Ohio; Midland and Saginaw, Mich; Parkersburg and Nitro, W. Va.; Norfolk and Salem, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Simpsonville, S.C.

The company offers hazardous materials handling and storage, containment, climate controlled storage, drumming, milling, tolling, packaging, kitting, drop ship, inventory management, foreign trade zones, transloading, transportation and brokerage services. Many facilities are rail served.

Peoples Services is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, and belongs to the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA), the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Warehouse Education Research Council (WERC). Five Ohio facilities have achieved the state’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for their reduction of hazards and low incident rates. Warehouse and trucking staff are trained in the handling and storage of hazardous materials and chemicals.        

Central Warehouse Operations, Inc. will continue to do business under that name as a fully owned subsidiary of Peoples Services. Central Warehouse Company will become Central Equity Investments, Inc., and will continue to operate its industrial, commercial and residential real estate subsidiary, Central Property Development. 

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