Lineage Logistics to buy Preferred Freezer Services

Novi, Michigan, USA: Lineage Logistics has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Preferred Freezer Services, a global network of temperature-controlled warehouses.

The companies say the transaction “marks a significant milestone for the temperature-controlled logistics industry”.

“We are thrilled to welcome Preferred into the Lineage family of companies,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president and chief executive Lineage.

“Bringing their first-class management team, deep industry experience and network of strategically located facilities into our organization will enable us to provide best-in-class service offerings for customers worldwide. Lineage is now better positioned than ever to meet the needs – and exceed the expectations – of food customers on a truly global scale.”

The combined company will control over 1.3 billion cubic feet of temperature-controlled capacity across over 200 sites, with a global footprint that spans North America, Europe and Asia.

“Joining Lineage will bring Preferred to the next level of customer service by broadening our global reach while also significantly expanding our innovation capabilities,” said John Galiher, chief executive of Preferred.

After the acquisition, Lineage will have 17 automated sites with over 800,000 automated pallet positions, including the two largest automated facilities in the world and an accelerating strategy to bring the most sophisticated automated solutions to meet ever growing customer demands and complexity.

“We always knew that bringing these two companies together would reinforce our vision to be the most dynamic temperature-controlled company in the industry,” said Kevin Marchetti, co-founder and managing partner of Bay Grove, the principal investment firm backing Lineage.

“This transaction will equip Lineage with the global reach and innovation capabilities that will fuel the next chapter of the company’s growth and we are excited to have them on board.”

Lineage has grown rapidly through acquisitions and organic growth since it started business in 2008. The companies expect the transaction to finalise in the second quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

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