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Arnold Transportation merges with LinkAmerica

The combined company will operate under the Arnold Transportation name. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

12/7/2012

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress Enterprises has announced a merger of the company’s Arnold Transportation Services with LinkAmerica Corp., a Fort Worth, Texas-based truckload and logistics carrier serving the Southeast and Southwest. LinkAmerica is owned by Tenex Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm.

The merger will be completed in January 2013.

The combined company will operate under the Arnold name and employ more than 1,800 drivers.

Tenex Capital and U.S. Xpress will jointly own and operate the new company.

This strategic move extends Arnold's dominance in the regional market with increased capacity, taking Arnold to more than 1,400 trucks and 5,000 trailers, according to Todd Smith, Arnold CEO.

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This footprint supplements existing business and allows the expansion of network coverage and further accelerates overall company growth plans, which will afford even more driving opportunities, he said.

Arnold expects more than $220 million in annual revenue from the combined organization.

"With this merger, Arnold Transportation Services will be the 32nd largest truckload operation in the United States, offering top-notch service for high-demand regional freight,” Smith said. “The deal compliments our current business model and supports the goals of growing and attracting more drivers.”

Arnold Transportation Services is a Jacksonville, Fla.-based primary regional carrier that has been in business for more than 75 years.

LinkAmerica Corp. is a transportation and logistics services company that provides transportation services throughout the continental U.S. specializing in the Southeast, South Central and Southwest regions, including dedicated and truckload perations, logistics services, and brokerage throughout the United States.

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JB Hunt