Mid America Logistics Plans for Expansion in 2018

by Jake Tully - Published: 11/14/2017

Yesterday evening saw an announcement from the St. Louis-based Mid America Freight Logistics and Mid America Freight Handlers, with plans for the companies to see expansion in multiple North American markets and fleet expansion, respectively.

The companies, operating collectively as Mid America Logistics reports that the announcements of company growth follow a demand for its asset and brokerage business throughout the country.

Mark Kummer, President for Mid America Logistics reports that the company’s new locations will be able to bring new talent into Mid America Logistics and help diversify the offerings that the company hopes to bring to clients.

"Our new locations diversify our footprint and draw upon new and vibrant talent pools," said Kummer. "We're excited to extend our operations beyond the single Headquarters in Saint Louis, Missouri and which plays towards our plan of securing the best talent in desirable locations."

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According to the company, the Mid America Freight Handlers division will see significant expansion in its asset truckload capacity over the next 24 months, with an expected addition to its fleet of 3 to 5 trucks through the course of 2018.

Mid America Logistics co-founder and Managing Partner Sam Baisch reports that adding to their fleets is a strategic advantage in a time where many other fleets are cutting back on truck expansions.

"Our asset-light operating model allows us to quickly lease fuel-efficient Class 8 Tractors and trailers with limited risk to the balance sheet," said Baisch. "We are committed to growing our asset capacity at a time while most trucking companies are downsizing their fleets. Unlike trucking firms that promote degrading market capacity in an effort to increase prices, we have made the commitment to shippers by adding capacity to our network."

Mid America Logistics reports that additional expansion will occur with openings of offices this year in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacksonville, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to Mid America Logistics, its shipping volume year to date has seen a 22 percent increase since 2016 and the number of trucks it operating in its asset division doubled this year.