GRAND RAPIDS — Supply Chain Solutions, a Grand Rapids-based  transportation, logistics and supply chain management and improvement group, has acquired the freight forwarding business unit of England Logistics, a top 10 freight brokerage firm and third party logistics provider based in Salt Lake City.

The acquisition gives SCS offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, Qingdao and Ningbo, China. SCS currently operates offices in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Virginia.

“This will give SCS a platform to grow our international business and provide our customers with a complete suite of supply chain services,” said Les Brand, CEO of SCS.

For international customers of England Logistics, SCS can provide customs brokerage, international compliance support, supply chain, supply chain technology tools, and a world-class customer service organization.

Jason Beardall, president of England Logistics, said SCS will bring to his customers “additional international strength to our comprehensive service offering at England Logistics.”

SCS will become a preferred provider for international forwarding and customs brokerage.

“The sale allows England Logistics to focus on domestic logistics services, while continuing to provide global solutions to our customers,” said Jim Monkmeyer, vice president of supply chain management at England Logistics.

“Our vision for SCS is creating best-in-class global transportation management solutions for small- and mid-market businesses that offer value-differentiated engineered solutions to support efficient supply chain deployment,” Brand said. “Our goal is to provide international logistics to simplify complex solutions and empower customer success, and we look forward to a long and rewarding business partnership with England Logistics and its customers.”

Founded in 2001, SCS is a global provider of transportation, logistics and technology. The firm creates customer-centric, measurable business value and generates profits for its clients through assessment, design, implementation and management of end-to-end integrated supply chain solutions.

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England Logistics is the 10th largest non-asset based freight brokerage firm and top 50 logistics provider offering services ranging from full truckload sourcing, dry and temperature-controlled LTL and parcel, special projects engineering, global sourcing, and complete supply chain management. More at


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