NFI expands on West Coast via new acquisition

Trucking and logistics provider NFI recently made its second acquisition of 2011, buying the West Coast operation of The Gilbert Company. New Jersey-based NFI said it purchased six Gilbert facilities in California’s Inland Empire, including four in Chino and one each in Santa Fe Springs and Mira Loma

Trucking and logistics provider NFI recently made its second acquisition of 2011, buying the West Coast operation of The Gilbert Company. New Jersey-based NFI said it purchased six Gilbert facilities in California’s Inland Empire, including four in Chino and one each in Santa Fe Springs and Mira Loma.

With these additions, NFI said its warehouse space in the region now totals seven-million sq ft, including the company’s existing Chino, Ontario and Perris facilities (in California).

The company noted that its North American warehouse space now tops 21-million sq ft including the Gilbert acquisition.

“This acquisition enhances our capabilities in the apparel and footwear market and in our ability to bring an enhanced product offering to the retail sector,” said Joe Roeder, president of NFI Logistics and Distribution.

“Every expansion of our services and facilities enables our company to grow and improve our ability to service our customers across the supply chain spectrum,” added Sid Brown, NFI CEO. “The combination of organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions over the past decade enabled us to strengthen our position through the expansion of our geographic footprint, the addition of warehouse and transportation assets and the attraction of talented personnel.”

Brown noted that The Gilbert Company, a subsidiary of Maersk, will continue to operate its Keasbey, NJ facility under the Gilbert brand name and with the existing management team.

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