DeBoer Transportation was founded in 1967 as a family-run cattle hauler in rural Wisconsin and has since grown into a regional paper carrier with 660 tractors. It offers regional, long-haul, expedited, dedicated, bulk, intermodal and brokerage freight services. The company also provides warehousing and supply chain management services. Its customers include many of the largest retailers and manufacturers in North America. DeBoer is headquartered in Blenker, Wisconsin, and has facilities throughout the state.
DeBoer is a top 100 truckload carrier that has made a number of innovative changes over the years to improve driver safety and efficiency. For instance, in 1985 it was the first trucking company to install tracking computers in tractors. It was later one of the first to equip trucks with mDRIVE transmissions. And in 1994, the company started ordering trailers with tracking computer chips that help to protect cargo and drivers on the road.
Earlier this month, Schneider acquired deBoer transportation inc to strengthen its logistics business. The acquisition follows a strategy that Schneider executives discussed during a February earnings call. The company wants to grow its logistics business by investing in trailing equipment to support power-only operations. This type of business generates higher revenues than TL revenue and has been a key contributor to the company’s overall growth this year.
Schneider did not disclose financial terms for the deal, but it said the acquisition would be quickly integrated into its existing businesses. The company is expected to assume ownership of the Wisconsin-based carrier’s 160 tractors and 660 trailers. Its headquarters property in Blenker and maintenance shop near Dallas are not included in the transaction.