Moving Forward — Acquisition And Appreciation Trinity Logistics Joins The Burris Family, Planning National Truck Driver Appreciation Recognition
In April of this year, Burris Logistics announced the acquisition of Trinity Logistics, a top 25 freight brokerage firm and successful, 40-year, 3PL operation. “Our two, Delaware-based organizations are only 27 miles apart, but we are even closer in our common corporate values,” shares Nick Falk, President of Trinity Logistics, when describing the many opportunities that inspired the acquisition. “These two, family-owned enterprises have parallel cultures based on servant leadership. This passion, and a mission to deliver creative logistics solutions, grew Trinity to a team of over 300 and a vibrant network of more than 100 agent partners.”
As part of the vision behind this announcement, Trinity Logistics will take over the operations of Burris Freight Management, a service line of Burris Logistics, that provides freight brokerage services and specializes in handling temperature-controlled shipments. The well-known Trinity brand will remain, along with many aspects of this successful operation.
“We are pleased to welcome the team members, agents, customers and carriers of Trinity Logistics to the Burris family,” shares Donnie Burris, CEO of Burris Logistics, in a statement announcing the acquisition. “The strong Trinity brand will remain in place, and their team will continue to focus on providing high-quality logistics, with the additional resources of our transportation assets and supply chain solutions.”
“The vision behind this acquisition began with a conversation between the leadership of both organizations,” continues Nick. “It became clear that a merger of our joint resources would spur growth for both enterprises and allow us to provide total end-to-end supply chain solutions to shippers.”
Burris, a $3 billion organization with 16 cold storage facilities, more than 250 trucks and over 1,700 employees, has added a 10,000+ carrier network and five regional service centers with the purchase of Trinity, to become a major player with the tools and resources to meet market demand. “Our business has grown significantly this past year,” continues Nick in a recent interview in an industry publication. “We have grown 137% through a combination of direct sales and acquisition. Customers are looking for partners that can simplify their lives. Burris, with the addition of Trinity, is uniquely positioned across all aspects of the supply chain to provide high-touch and real-time customer support.”
Both the Trinity and Burris teams have dedicated technology resources, believing that IT solutions will be significant aspects in the future of supply chain profitability. Real-time data, transparency and customer-centric control will be the focus of proprietary solutions being developed by the combined teams. “We plan to grow our technology platforms to attract new customers, carriers and agents,” confirms Nick.
As the acquisition continues to evolve, the experience will remain seamless for team members, customers, carriers and the large network of agents for both organizations. “All aspects of the Trinity community will find that familiar team members and procedures are remaining in place,” outlines Billy Banning, outgoing President of Trinity Logistics. “Burris is an asset-based 3PL, offering everyone greater credibility and flexibility in closing new prospects. We are excited to have found the right partner in Burris.”
Among familiar traditions that will remain in place is the Annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week celebrations currently in the final planning stages at Trinity. Part of the national recognition the runs from September 8 – 14 of this year, Trinity is planning to do their part in recognizing the 3.5 million professional drivers that “moves America forward. “In addition to participating in the recognition of truck drivers at all Burris locations and select truck stops around the country, we are having our annual gathering at our corporate offices here in Seaford,” shares Sarah Ruffcorn, COO of Trinity Logistics. “We will be bringing back our popular food trucks, entertainment and family-focused fun. In addition, we are doing outreach to our agent partners and their carrier networks to truly convey our appreciation for the men and women drivers who have dedicated their lives to enriching the lives of those we serve.”
For more information about the Trinity/Burris merger and plans for Truck Driver Appreciation Week visit trinitylogistics.com or follow Trinity on social media.
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