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January 11, 2022 3:15 PM, EST

Ascend Joins TL Ranks, Names Michael McLary CEO

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Ascend, launched Jan. 10 as a dry van truckload carrier and freight brokerage, announced it named Michael McLary CEO.

Most recently, McLary was head of truckload sales at Amazon, according to the Atlanta-based company.

Ascend noted it was formed by the merger and integration of Milan Supply Chain Solutions, based in Jackson, Tenn., and J&B Services, based in Pontotoc, Miss., and is supported by key leaders to the combined management team.

The company is backed by the private equity firm Wellspring Capital Management Group.

“Shippers are placing large warehouses close to urban locations, which increases the need for regional service to connect supply chain nodes, which is our focus,” McLary said in a release.

Michael McLary

McLary

“The company has built a robust and reliable network with the density to support planned and unplanned customer needs in the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.”

The company reported it uses a mix of company drivers and owner-operators and a fleet of 775 trucks and 2,200 trailers, and has designed its planning and dispatch operations around the lifestyle desires of drivers.

Its brokerage operation enables expanded capacity, broader coverage and specialized options such as temperature-controlled and flatbed vehicles at premium service levels, the company noted. — Transport Topics

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