OLATHE, Kan. ? TransAm Trucking today announced it will acquire James
Helwig & Son, Inc. a refrigerated long-haul trucking company based in Rockwall, Texas,
in a deal expected to close on February 28, 2005. The acquisition will expand the
resources of TransAm, a leading refrigerated long-haul trucking company serving the
Midwest and East Coast, by adding lane capacity and additional tractors and trailers to
serve the collective, growing customer base. The combined company will operate in the
40 states between the Eastern Seaboard and the Rocky Mountains. Terms of the deal
were not disclosed.
"TransAm Trucking continues to expand," said John Jacobson, Jr., president.
"This acquisition gives us added capacity and the ability to accelerate our growth to meet
the ever-increasing needs of our customers. Helwig is a great fit for TransAm because it
serves the same geographic region and allows us to immediately increase our service to
the combined customer base by accommodating the 10 to 15 percent growth we're seeing
TransAm plans to keep the Rockwall, Texas facility open and will retain James
Helwig to lead that operation. "In 20 years, we've built James Helwig & Son into a
premier refrigerated carrier and I'm proud of the company's success. As a family-owned business, our priority has always been on preserving the interests of our customers and
employees. Our integration with TransAm ensures this personal focus will continue,"
"I'm confident all of our customers and employees will benefit from the
combined resources of our expanded operation," said Russ McElliott, Chief Operating
Officer of TransAm Trucking.
Helwig has more than 290 employees and nearly 250 tractors based in its Texas
TransAm Trucking now has more than 1,400 employees, 1,200 tractors and 2,400
refrigerated trailers. The headquarters in Olathe, Kan., includes a state-of-the-art
maintenance facility, as well as driver dispatch and training operation. It also has an
operation in Rocky Mountain, N.C.