February 17, 2022 11:08 AM, EST

Hirschbach to Acquire John Christner Trucking

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Hirschbach Motor Lines on Feb. 16 announced that it will acquire Sapulpa, Okla.-based refrigerated carrier John Christner Trucking.

Hirschbach, based in Dubuque, Iowa, is a privately owned carrier that provides refrigerated, dedicated and specialized transportation services. John Christner founded his namesake company in 1986, and later handed control over to his two sons, Danny and Darryl Christner.

Post-transaction, Danny will stay on as president while his brother and father plan to retire. John Christner Trucking will continue to operate as its own company, the companies said in a news release.

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A John Christner Trucking truck on Interstate 65 in Sellersburg, Ind. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

“These two organizations should be united and fit together like two puzzle pieces,” Hirschbach CEO Brad Pinchuk said in a statement provided to Transport Topics. “JCT covers the map coast-to-coast along the southern tier of the U.S. while Hirschbach’s density is largely east of the Rocky Mountains.”

Hirschbach will have more than 3,000 trucks when the deal closes, with 800 of them coming from JCT. The company also will have 5,000 trailers.

“On behalf of myself and the Christner family, we are extremely excited and grateful to be partnering with Brad Pinchuk and the Hirschbach team,” Danny Christner said in a statement. “The ability to transition two of our owners was paramount to any agreement, but equally important was the desire to retain JCT’s identity and autonomy to continue delivering on the long-standing commitments we have to our customers, drivers and nondriving associates.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is set to close in early April.

Hirschbach in June 2021 announced the acquisition of the Eagan, Minn.-based full-service refrigerated motor carrier Lessors Inc.

Hirschbach Motor Lines ranks No. 66 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. John Christner Trucking ranks No. 84 on the TT Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers.

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