Brooks Furnishings Xpress acquires MFX

HICKORY, N.C. – Two important specialised furnishings carriers got here collectively Wednesday when Brooks Furnishings Xpress closed on the acquisition of Mississippi Furnishings Xpress. Phrases of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

The acquisition brings collectively two longstanding truck carriers specializing within the cargo of furnishings and marks one other territory enlargement for BFX. A couple of years in the past, BFX primarily shipped to Georgia and Florida, and it had expanded that since to incorporate Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Utah. The MFX acquisition grows the BFX service space within the Southeast to incorporate Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee in addition to Oklahoma.

Greg Skoog, CEO and proprietor of MFX, will keep on indefinitely to help with the transition. Brooks can even preserve 95% of the MFX employees, working them into the roles they carried out at MFX. All enterprise ahead will function beneath the Brooks Furnishings Xpress title.

BFX President and Proprietor Anthony Brooks views the acquisition as a possibility to mix like-minded corporations with appropriate household atmospheres and repair approaches.

As well as, BFX will supply extra know-how and visibility to its new buyer base than earlier than. The corporate has labored to include applied sciences which are acknowledged as excellent amongst specialised furnishings carriers.

A great instance is BFX’s “Comply with My Truck” know-how, which launched its second section final yr. This system permits retailers to observe the progress of their LTL cargo on-line or through cellular app, offering a two-hour supply window along with visibility on what cease the driving force is on, the place the driving force is positioned and what number of stops away from the shopper’s location they’re.

The acquisition additionally offers BFX a major improve in capability. Previous to the deal, Brooks had 110 vans, as many drivers and 398 trailers. MFX brings that to 160 vans and drivers, together with 760 trailers.

Bringing on MFX drivers “is including drivers, vans and trailers that can assist the capability points we’re experiencing in North Carolina,” Brooks stated.

The acquisition additionally brings MFX’s close by Hildebrand, N.C., warehouse into the BFX operation for the second important footprint enlargement previously 90 days.

“We did have a 35,000-square-foot facility in Hickory, and we opened a second warehouse there in June,” Brooks stated. “With the MFX warehouse, we now have 88,000 sq. toes of house.”

Latest years have seen quite a few acquisitions within the specialised furnishings provider enviornment as corporations regarded to consolidate forces for LTL within the face of driver shortages and enter or develop within the final-mile hyperlink.

American West, for instance, has expanded considerably via natural development and acquisitions. In March, 2020, it acquired white-glove provider Progressive Ship Programs. In October the prior yr, American West bought Solar Supply, which added Solar’s ultimate mile community serviced out of Thomasville, N.C., Dallas and Las Vegas to AmWest’s current full-truckload, LTL and white-glove residence supply providers, and purchased specialised provider Milwaukee Supply Service in January 2018.

It additionally was a giant yr in 2016 for specialised provider consolidation. In June that yr, for example, truckload, intermodal and logistics providers supplier Schneider, a $4 billion firm, concurrently acquired furnishings provider Watkins & Shepard and last-mile logistics supplier Lodeso. Additionally in 2016, Sunbelt Xpress, a number one transportation supplier to the house furnishings {industry}, acquired Northwest Furnishings Categorical.

Brooks Furniture Xpress acquires MFX

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