Upstate NY RIST Transport acquires LTL carrier AMA Transportation

Updated Jun 9, 2023
RIST tractor-trailer on highway

RIST Transport LTD recently concluded its acquisition of AMA Transportation Company, Inc. of Billerica, Massachusetts. The acquisition expands direct service routes throughout New England along with improved customer service solutions and technological advancements for both companies, according to a statement from Phelps, New York-based RIST, which is part of Wahams Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1976 by Alfred Bruzzesse, AMA Transportation Company, Inc., a regional LTL carrier, offers overnight delivery throughout New England. AMA has easy access to all major interstates from their strategic service centers in Lakeville, Massachusetts, Northford, Connecticut, and Westbrook, Maine.

"The acquisition of AMA Transportation Company was the subsequent step in expansion for our company. We have thrived with AMA over the past 20 years as service partners," said Steve Wadhams, president of Wadhams Enterprises, Inc. "The well-established working relationship with the owners of AMA, brothers Mark and Anthony Bruzzese, allowed both companies the confidence to move forward. What made the decision more compelling was RIST and AMA are both family-owned and operated companies. We aim to continue providing the same great customer service, timely deliveries, and satisfaction for all of our customers."

Customers should see no major changes initially, said Gabrielle Simmons, Departments Manager, a third generation family member of the Wadhams family, and the Wadhams Enterprises, Inc.

“During the transition period, operations will continue as usual with no significant impact to the current standard operating procedures within both companies beyond offering expanded direct service routes," said Simmons. "AMA Transportation will become owned and operated by RIST Transport LTD. Mark and Anthony Bruzzese will continue to be involved in the AMA and RIST companies in their respective positions."

RIST Transport Ltd. offers truckload, less-than-truckload, and brokerage solutions to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.