Horizon Lines, Inc., an ocean carrier serving the U.S. domestic trade, has acquired Aero Logistics, a third-party logistics provider based in South San Francisco, Calif. Aero Logistics specializes in custom shipping and handling programs for customers in service-sensitive industries such as high tech, healthcare, energy, mining, retail and apparel. The company also runs a fleet of trailers equipped with global positioning system (GPS) technology, under its Aero Transportation division. That unit provides expedited truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) service to shippers throughout North America and Mexico. The move by Horizon is part of a strategy to expand beyond ocean carriage, and into the logistics services arena. Recently the line formed Horizon Logistics to manage its growing presence in that sector. Horizon Lines, LLC will continue to operate its ocean container shipping services in the domestic Jones Act trade, between the U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia and Puerto Rico. Horizon operates 21 U.S.-flag vessels, with additional assets in trucking, terminals and warehouse operations. The company also owns Horizon Services Group, which markets customized transportation-management software to shippers, carriers and other supply-chain providers.
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