Making perfect items, ready for delivery, is hard enough. Getting them delivered to customers on time can add another level of complexity, especially in recent years with supply chain shortages, threats of strikes and business shutdowns including the unexpected closure of Yellow Corp. earlier this year.
The answer for at least some businesses has been to add transportation logistics to company services.
PolyQuest Inc., a resin distribution firm and recycler, announced Sept. 20 that it is buying Baker Transportation Inc., a trucking firm based in Utah with operations focused in the southeastern U.S., including ports in Wilmington, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; and Savannah, Ga.
While PolyQuest, based in Wilmington, will continue to buy freight services from other vendors, "the Baker acquisition promotes extreme flexibility in tailoring current business partners," CEO John Marinelli said in a news release.
PolyQuest isn't alone in making new investments in transportation.
PN's Bridget Janis wrote last month about composites molder Bedford Reinforced Plastics Inc. opening a trucking division, Reinforced Logistics.
"We were having trouble finding reliable carriers. We have dealt with some brokers in the past and thought, you know, we can do that ourselves," Eric Kidd, marketing manager, said.
Reinforced Logistics currently has six trucks and eight drivers and is looking to recruit more people to cover all of North America.