RLS Adds Two Cold Chain Companies to Network

RLS Logistics will be able to offer more than 55 million cubic feet of cold storage capacity as a result of acquiring Hutt Trucking and Logistics and Performance Cold Storage. (RLS Logistics)

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RLS Logistics announced the recent acquisitions of two cold chain companies Feb. 2 in a move aimed at bolstering its network of solution providers.

Hutt Trucking and Logistics and Performance Cold Storage become part of that network. RLS Logistics now will be able to offer more than 55 million cubic feet of cold storage capacity as a result.

“For RLS, it is not just about partnering with the right company; partnering with the right people is equally important,” CEO Russell Leo said in a statement. “With these strategic acquisitions, achieving our vision of becoming the leading family-owned cold storage provider in the U.S. is within reach.”

RLS Logistics noted that its acquisition model preserves the culture, values and entrepreneurial spirit of family-owned businesses it purchases. The companies integrate into the provider network but still act fairly independently. The network also fully integrates its own facility systems to efficiently serve customers and optimize communication.

“My father and I started Hutt 36 years ago, and we are humbly proud of the opportunities and the people we have worked with over the years,” Hutt Trucking founder Jim Hutt said. “We believe that RLS is the best partner to help us carry forward what we put in place and offer expanded opportunities for the company and team members.”

Hutt, in Holland, Mich., is a third-party logistics warehouse company that specializes in cold storage and asset-based trucking. Performance Cold Storage is a temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation company based in Salt Lake City. The companies will be known as RLS Hutt and RLS Performance. — Transport Topics

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