Huron Capital Partners Gains Trucking Company for Food Transportation


DETROIT — Huron Capital Partners Tuesday announced that its portfolio company, Cardinal Agri-Logistics, Inc., has acquired Charles G. Lawson Trucking, Inc., in partnership with Lawson’s management team. The investment was made through The Huron Fund III, L.P., and is the 59th investment Huron has completed through its three investment funds.

Huron formed Cardinal in 2009 to invest in the niche bulk liquid food-grade sector of the transportation and logistics industry. Cardinal’s first acquisition was Jacksonville, Illinois based Landes Trucking, Inc. which serves grain processors throughout the Midwest. 

“We believe the addition of Lawson to Cardinal brings critical mass, expands our geographic footprint, further diversifies our customer base, and broadens our service capabilities,” said Jim Mahoney, a partner at Huron. “We are excited to join forces with Lawson to increase our level of service to existing customers and pursue new markets. Lawson’s reputation for food safety, service, and on-time delivery made this a very attractive addition to our existing platform.”

Lawson represents Cardinal’s second acquisition in this sector.  Lawson is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama and is a leading regional provider of specialty food transportation services to the Southeast U.S. with terminal operations in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. 

Billy Rotton, President of Lawson, stated, “We see many similarities with Landes and Lawson – each company starting many years ago with one truck.  We have both built our businesses one lane at a time by providing excellent customer service and focusing on each and every detail.  We are excited to continue this tradition in partnership with Landes and Huron.”

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