SHELBYVILLE, TN and NASHVILLE, TN, February 27, 2023 – Big G Express (Big G) announced it has acquired RTR Transportation (RTR), both of which are based in middle TN since 1995 and have strong family-orientated foundations built on the core values of Safety, Integrity, and Customer Service.
Located in the capital city, Nashville, TN, RTR is a family-owned full-service nationwide dry van truckload carrier including local cartage, warehousing, cross dock, trailer rework, and storage trailers.
“We ultimately chose Big G Express as the buyer because of the comfort level we instantly felt with their executive leadership,” said Jackson Norman, President of RTR. “The Lord has blessed our family with a wonderful group of employees, and we wanted to assure that their futures were secure. Big G’s employee stock ownership plan gave us that assurance.”
“I am looking forward to realizing the amazing potential of our company’s combination and strengthening our ability to provide the best possible service to our customers,” expressed Norman.
Big G Express is a 100% employee-owned, asset-based truckload carrier headquartered in Shelbyville, Tennessee. With 550+ tractors and over 1,800 trailers, they provide general commodity, irregular route, and dry van truckload services to nationwide customers. The Big G Express family of companies offers transportation solutions and services including logistics, warehousing, and flatbed services.
“This acquisition is a great move for our employee-owners,” stated Big G CEO, Greg Thompson, “RTR’s asset-based operation with approximately 100 drivers allows us to gain market share with blue-chip customers in the automotive industry including an expansion of the regions and routes we currently service.”
“We are excited to start this new chapter and welcome Jackson Norman, President of RTR, and their entire team to the Big G Express family.” said Thompson.
Tenney Group, an industry-specialized M&A advisory firm, acted as advisor to RTR Transport Services. Eric Heath, SVP of Tenney Group shared, “The collaboration serves as a prime illustration of how distinguished enterprises can join forces to enhance their potential and opportunities throughout the supply chain.”
About RTR Transport Services
Established in 1995 and based out of Nashville, TN. RTR Transportation Services is a family-owned and operated, full-service truckload carrier. What started off as a carpet transportation company, opportunity for growth expanded from a single commodity to a regional dry van carrier; recognized as a premier truckload company. It provides services in 48 states and to Canada. Jackson Norman, President and his time built it into a company with a highly regarded reputation that values integrity, safety, and customer satisfaction. Its commitment to providing excellent services and making the customers’ needs the highest of priorities.
About Big G
Founded in 1995 it has become 100% Employee Owned in 2009 when previous owners sold their shares to the employees. The employees are owners, invested in the success of their customers. The Big G Express family of companies offers transportation solutions and services including logistics, warehousing and flatbed services.
Tenney Group is a merger and acquisition advisory firm that has been dedicated to the transportation and logistics industry since 1973. Tenney Group primarily provides sale-side advisory services for companies with annual revenues ranging from 20M to 300M.
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