Ascent, a leading global logistics firm, announced that it has purchased a majority investment in Central Minnesota Logistics (“CML”), a full-service brokerage specializing in over-dimensional and heavy-haul freight transportation solutions across North America. Ascent Specialized, which focuses on the safe, reliable, and timely transportation of oversized, heavy haul, and super loads of all kinds across North America, has acquired CML.
“We are thrilled to announce this acquisition. CML supports our strategy of expanding service offerings to new customers across new markets,” stated Annette Luyten, Senior Vice President of Domestic Brokerage for Ascent. “We will continue to acquire freight brokerage businesses where there is a strong fit with the Ascent platform,” Luyten continued.
The acquisition of CML bolsters the partnerships Ascent Specialized has with existing customers and strengthens its position in multiple industries, including agriculture, mining, construction, wind, solar, oil and gas, manufacturing, and cranes. CML’s team brings more than two decades of expertise in routing, compliance, and coordinating flatbed, step deck, rolling gooseneck, multi-axel, and stretch equipment.
“This investment by Ascent accelerates our growth plans,” said Dave Demuth, President of Ascent Specialized. “As we grow the Ascent platform, we continue to set ourselves apart in the logistics industry with top tier customer service and the ability to solve any logistics challenges.”