A high govt at Jack Cooper Holdings stated the corporate has acquired the belongings of Seattle-based Selland Auto Transport, a transfer that extends the automobile hauler’s presence within the western United States and gives extra steadiness to the agency’s supply community.

Sarah Riggs Amico, govt chairman of Jack Cooper, stated the acquisition was accomplished Sept. 17 and consists of about 100 tractor-trailer rigs however no actual property.


Phrases weren’t disclosed.

The corporate will tackle about 85 of Selland’s staff, together with drivers, and can retain current administration, Amico stated in an interview with Transport Matters on Nov. 27.

“This offers us a geographically complementary footprint within the West and can create some community efficiencies,” Amico stated. “We’re at all times searching for alternatives to develop our operations and footprint to raised serve prospects.”

Selland is considered one of three acquisitions Jack Cooper has made because the firm accomplished a monetary restructuring in June 2017 when bondholders agreed to change $429.2 million in debt for a mixture of money and inventory warrants as a part of a plan to avert a Chapter 11 chapter submitting.

Amico declined to determine the opposite two acquisitions, however stated one was within the firm’s logistics division and the opposite was in a non-transportation/diversified enterprise.

Amico additionally declined to say how a lot was paid to amass Selland’s belongings, however she famous that no cash was paid to the homeowners for intangible belongings.

“This was a enterprise that was struggling,” Amico defined. “But it surely had a superb asset base and we noticed it was a chance so as to add to our enterprise and save jobs.”

Selland has been in enterprise since 1967 and offered automobile transportation for all main auto producers, Amico stated.

In keeping with a Dun & Bradstreet report, Selland listed annual income of $52.1 million and a web lack of $3.7 million.

In 2016, a gaggle of about 240 drivers, owner-operators and store staff at Selland voted to affix the Teamsters union, though, in response to Amico, no contract was ever negotiated.

Jack Cooper truck

The corporate has offered transportation for all main auto producers. (Davd B./Flickr) 

“We’re proud to be a union provider,” stated Amico, who misplaced an in depth race for lieutenant governor of Georgia in her first marketing campaign for public workplace in November.

Amico was a registered Republican till 2011 however ran as a Democrat, and in her candidate profile she touted her enterprise expertise. She is a graduate of Washington & Lee College and earned an MBA from Harvard Enterprise Faculty.

“We purchase and repair companies that most individuals suppose aren’t ‘fixable,’ ” she wrote. “As the chief chairperson of Jack Cooper, I’ve discovered that long-term progress and competitiveness come from investing in our individuals.”

Whereas working prices for Jack Cooper could also be increased than for nonunion rivals, Amico stated the corporate advantages from having increased high quality drivers, decrease turnover and better service reliability for purchasers, a lot of whom have staff which are represented by the United Auto Staff.

Amico’s father, Michael Riggs, is CEO of Jack Cooper, and her husband, Andrea Amico, serves as president of Jack Cooper Logistics.

Jack Cooper traces its historical past to 1928 when the corporate started hauling for Normal Motors on the Leeds Meeting Plant in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. In 2009, the corporate merged with Energetic Transportation of Joplin, Mo., and purchased one other provider, DMT Trucking, in 2011.

Jack Cooper’s largest acquisition got here in 2013 when it acquired considerably all the belongings of Allied Programs Holdings, a distinguished family-owned automobile hauler based mostly in Atlanta that was in chapter, for $135 million. The deal made Jack Cooper the most important automobile hauler within the nation based mostly on income, a place it held till 2017 when it was surpassed by United Highway Providers.

Amico stated Jack Cooper is at present working about 2,000 tractor-trailer rigs out of a complete fleet of two,637 rigs and doesn’t have a big presence at any of the factories the place Normal Motors plans to finish manufacturing in 2019.

Jack Cooper ranks No. 54 on the Transport Matters Prime 100 record of largest for-hire carriers in North America with income of $602.8 million in 2017.

Jack Cooper truck hauling Corvettes

(Jack Cooper Holdings)