Romulus, MI-based United Road, one of the largest vehicle transportation logistics providers in the United States, announced today its acquisition of Autolog Auto Transport (Autolog), a Linden, NJ-based vehicle logistics provider. Michael A. Wysocki, chief executive officer, of United Road made the announcement. The addition of Autolog to the United Road national logistic network will serve to increase the company’s retail, single-unit and northeast regional business capabilities with the addition of over 100 national pick-up and delivery locations. For the first time ever, Autolog customers will be able to enjoy enclosed vehicle carrier service through Pilot Transport, United Road’s specialty carrier of high value and prototype vehicles.
The Autolog acquisition is United Road’s first since being acquired by The Gores Group, a Calif.-based private equity firm, in November 2007.
The acquisition is a result of United Road’s ongoing national expansion efforts and the Gores Group’s commitment to continuously advancing the size and scope of United Road’s logistics network. ‘Adding the impressive expertise and established logistics network that Autolog brings to United Road’s existing portfolio through the acquisition is in line with our strategic growth plan, ’ said Wysocki.’ ‘As the automotive and vehicle logistics industries evolve, and the requirements of our various clients change, so must the solutions we can offer. Autolog has a proven track record in providing exceptional single unit transport services. The addition of Autolog will offer great value to clients, new and shared, by driving logistic network efficiencies, combining traffic, filling empty miles, developing contemporary services and devising new routes.’ United Road is the largest shipper of privately owned and single unit vehicles for eBay, Openlane and other internet-based vehicle auctions. ‘The addition of Autolog’s logistic corridors and network of pick-up and delivery locations will create a new wave of integration for point’to-point vehicle shipping on a national basis, ‘added Wysocki. ‘This will reduce costs, improve customer service and conquer the logistic challenge of purchasing and transporting vehicles through online transactions.’