Transport America Acquires Southern Cal Transport

January 14, 2011

Eagan, MN – January 12, 2011.  Transport America recently announced its acquisition of Birmingham, Alabama based Southern Cal Transport.  The acquisition will create a company with more than 2,200 drivers, making it one of the top 15 for-hire dry van truckload carriers in the United States.

This transaction is being made when many other carriers have been moving away from asset based models.  Transport America recognizes more than ever the market will need carriers that control their assets, bring excellent service and are committed to hiring quality drivers.  Customers will see a strong, diverse offering of capabilities, including over–the-road solo, more than 350 teams, dedicated, regional, intermodal, intermodal drayage, and brokerage.

“We are very excited about this acquisition- I believe the Southern Cal and Transport America brands both are known for service excellence and have very similar cultures,” says Scott Arves, CEO of Transport America.  “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ken Adams and Phil DeSimone, CEO and President respectively, and for the team of associates they have assembled.  The acquisition marries Transport America strengths in solo, dedicated, intermodal, brokerage, and Mexico/Canada operations with Southern Cal strengths in team, intermodal drayage, dedicated, brokerage, and regional.  I believe customers will be excited by the breadth and quality of services this company offers.  Initially, in order to make this transition seamless to customers, the two companies will operate independently, preserving relationships, billing, contractual relationships, etc.”

“When I decided to sell Southern Cal Transport, it was vitally important that the purchaser was aligned with our same set of values, dedication and commitment to customers, drivers and employees,” says Ken Adams, owner of Southern Cal.  “Transport America is committed to merging our corporate cultures to create a strong new brand known for service excellence. Given the unique products, it also is the best possible outcome for Southern Cal associates who will be integral to the success of the new company. Phil and I look forward to working as part of this new company.”

About Our Company

Transport America was founded in 1984.  Southern Cal Transport was founded in 1995 and purchased by Ken Adams in 1998.  The combined company employs more than 2,200 drivers and offers a broad portfolio of services in solo, team, dedicated, intermodal, drayage and brokerage services. To learn more, please visit or