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January 17, 2020 11:15 AM, EST

GlobalTranz Buys Logistics Firm Cerasis

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GlobalTranz Enterprises, a national transportation management company for truckers and other shippers, has acquired Cerasis, a privately held company in Eagan, Minn., with about $150 million in revenue and 119 employees.

GlobalTranz, a private-equity backed industry consolidator that has doubled in size since 2017, said it is one of the 10 largest freight brokerage companies in America, with revenue approaching $2 billion.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Sima Griffith of Aethlon Capital, the adviser to Cerasis, said the three owners of Cerasis and their employees are expected to continue with GlobalTranz. GlobalTranz has a regional operations center in downtown Minneapolis.

“Since founding our business in 1997, Cerasis has helped customers understand fragmented shipping data to manage costs and make logistics a strategic weapon,” said Steve Ludvigson, president and CEO of Cerasis. “Combining with GlobalTranz allows us to continue this history while providing our customers with increased service offerings and access to capacity.”

CEO Renee Krug of GlobalTranz said in a prepared statement: “Cerasis has a strong history of providing its customers with solutions that help create competitive advantages.

“Cerasis will help expand GlobalTranz’s growing managed transportation capabilities. The talented Cerasis team combined with the talented team of agents and employees at GlobalTranz will drive increased differentiation and accelerate growth of our solutions in the marketplace.”

Cerasis is GlobalTranz’s 11th acquisition since January 2017.

Cerasis describes itself as a technology-enabled, third-party logistics company that provides logistics services and solutions through its proprietary transportation management system and which serves 700-plus customers in North America.

Phoenix-based GlobalTranz is a technology company providing a cloud-based, multimodal transportation management system to shippers, carriers and brokers.

GlobalTranz, leveraging an independent agent network, has a customer base of over 1 million users.

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