June 19, 2018 9:45 AM, EDT

Bright Light Partners Expands Logistics, Drayage Footprint

Bright Light Partners has expanded the geographic footprint of its logistics and drayage operations, purchasing First Coast and Mile High Logistics, affiliated firms based in Jacksonville, Fla., that claim more than 1,600 drivers at 60 locations primarily serving the Southeast, East Coast, Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The Jacksonville firms will become part of Bright Light’s network, which includes RoadOne IntermodaLogistics and Quality Logistics Services. RoadOne has more than 1,200 drivers and more than 40 locations and access to more than 50 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and transloading space.

“First Coast and Mile High will benefit from our strong fuel, truck and insurance purchasing capabilities, national warehousing and depot services, as well as our advanced end-to-end technology platform,” said Ken Kellaway, CEO of RoadOne and president of Bright Light Partners.

Harold ‘Buddy’ Bowser, president of First Coast and Mile High, will join the combined business.

The deal is the fifth in less than two years for Randolph, Mass.-based RoadOne. In March, it purchased Jarvis Trans and, in February, RoadOne merged with Robin Hood Container Express to grow in the Southeast and at ports in Savannah, Ga., Wilmington, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

In August 2017, RoadOne acquired the Midwest carrier Itasca, Ill.-based Global Logistics, building its activity in the Chicago market. And in September, 2016 RoadOne purchased Milford, Connecticut-based C&V Trucking, a container drayage company with a presence in the Northeast and the Port of New York and New Jersey.

RoadOne offers port and rail container drayage, terminal operations, dedicated truckload services and transloading, warehousing and distribution solutions. RoadOne ranks No. 9 on the Transport Topics list of top intermodal and drayage providers.