Flatbed and Warehouse (ADS Logistics Co, LLC): History of ADS Logistics

ADS LOGISTICS CO, LLC traces its beginnings back thirty-five years to Area Transportation Company, which was established as a Chicago Commercial Zone carrier in 1978 by. Area quickly earned a reputation for excellent service and in 1980 evolved into an interstate carrier.

Western Intermodal was founded as a cost effective alternative to over-the-road trucking for our customers wishing to ship metals across the country. In 1981, Western Intermodal became the first company approved by the Burlington Northern Railroad to ship steel coils via rail in containers. Western Intermodal was instrumental in writing the securement regulations that are now the standard for all intermodal companies shipping metals intermodally.

Area wanted to offer premium steel warehousing to its customers, so in 1985 the first Roll & Hold Warehousing facility opened in Gary, IN. Roll & Hold soon expanded and began offering a menu of warehousing options. Roll & Hold now has five warehouses strategically located throughout the United States.

In 1995, the three individual companies merged under the umbrella of ATS Group, Inc. and went through several incarnations to become today’s ADS LOGISTICS CO, LLC. The three divisions of ADS Logistics worked in collaboration for decades to provide a full logistics solution. Linx Partners then acquired ADS Logistics in 2011. Linx partners sold ADS Logistics to Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation in August of 2014. This acquisition strengthens the ability of ADS Logistics to provide customers with an even broader range of services and metals logistics solutions. Under the Odyssey umbrella, Western Intermodal combined with CMI Logistics.

For over thirty-five years, ADS Logistics has been supplying the highest quality of trucking, intermodal, and warehousing services to our customers, leading the field to become the premier metal logistics provider in North America. ADS Logistics provides not only the safest service, as reflected by our stellar CSA scores, but also the most professional service in the metal logistics industry. ADS Logistics is a very friendly and team orientated company which has built a reputation of unparalleled service and the most experienced and comprehensive player in the metals industry.

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