The acquisition of DTS expands Ascend’s dedicated contract carriage business and broadens the company’s footprint while building network density, according to a statement from the company. The addition of DTS strengthens Ascend’s coverage of the southeastern seaboard in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and into Louisiana, Texas, and Ohio.
“Bringing DTS into the Ascend family continues our mission to transform the regional truckload sector by leveraging technology, building density, and offering driver-friendly routes and policies,” said Ascend CEO Michael McLary. “The company continues to build a robust and reliable network with the assets to support planned, and unplanned customer needs in the South, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions."
The DTS acquisition increases Ascend’s assets to more than 1,000 tractors and more than 3,000 trailers. Ascend was initially formed by the merger and integration of Milan Supply Chain Solutions and J&B Services.
“Given the challenging nature and headwinds of the supply chain for shippers, by joining Ascend, DTS’s customers will enjoy the expanded capacity and capabilities of the combined company,” said Scott Stowers, president and founder of DTS.
Dedicated Transportation Solutions was established in 2004 to provide shippers with a premier fleet outsourcing option, providing professional transportation management, according to Ascend's statement. The company’s dedicated contract carriage offering enables shippers to entrust driver recruitment and retention, regulatory compliance, liability management, vehicle procurement and maintenance, and operational management to a partner with outstanding domain expertise, thus enabling them to focus on their core business. DTS has grown from a single Greenville location to 24 independent operating and geographic locations.
In addition to its asset-based operation, Ascend has established truckload brokerage services. The brokerage offering complements the company’s asset operations by providing expanded capacity, broader coverage, and specialized options such as temperature-controlled and flatbed vehicles while ensuring premium service levels.