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February 13, 2019 1:00 PM, EST

NFI Expands Brokerage, Intermodal Business With Purchase of SCR Air Services

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NFI completed the purchase of SCR Air Services Inc., a Seattle-based freight brokerage firm that specializes in shipping food and other products needing temperature control, the company announced Feb. 11. Terms were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of SCR will enhance the service offerings of NFI,” Sid Brown, CEO of the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based transportation and logistics firm, said in a statement. “SCR will expand NFI’s intermodal solutions, particularly in the refrigerated sector, and increases our presence in the Pacific Northwest.”

NFI developed its own refrigerated intermodal container, called RoadRail, to haul ice cream from California to Indiana and has taken steps to expand its intermodal drayage business in California, notably with the acquisition of California Cartage Co. in October 2017.

Scott Rooney, CEO of SCR, will join NFI, according to Brown, who added, “We look forward to integrating the two companies to better serve customers.”

Launched in 1988, SCR provides a range of brokerage services for truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, airfreight and flatbed freight. The company moves more than 300,000 shipments annually with 200 employees in nine offices in North America, according to NFI officials.

“Our services and culture align with those of NFI’s,” Rooney said in a statement, “making it an ideal company to grow with.”

NFI ranks No. 17 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of largest for-hire carriers and No. 10 on TT's Top 50 list of largest logistics companies in North America. — Transport Topics