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The Aug. 27 announcement by Britton Transport Inc. that it had acquired Scott’s Express Inc. and Scott’s Transportation Services Inc. is a positive step in the company’s projected growth track. “We expect to double the volume [of potatoes we will ship],” President David Britton told The Produce News Sept. 21. “It’s one of the initial steps in our strategies to grow Britton Transport.”

Britton Transport, headquartered in Grand Forks, ND, is an asset-based trucking company providing safe and reliable van, reefer, flatbed, step-deck and bulk-hopper truckload transportation throughout North America. Value-added logistics services offered by Britton Transport include warehousing, cross-docking, transloading, company fleet, truck brokerage and storage trailer rental.

“Scott’s has a long tradition of service excellence among agricultural shippers with the [Red River] valley and will continue to service its customers with Britton’s support,” Mr. Britton stated in August.

The acquisition was made on solid ground. “It means we are [growing] with the acquisition of a company that shares our high values and credentials,” Mr. Britton commented. “We see absolute synergies with acquisition.”

The transition is expected to be seamless. “Scott’s will continue as Scott’s until June 30, 2013 at which time it will be absorbed under Britton Transport,” Mr. Britton went on to say. “We don’t want any bumps in the road during the current shipping season.”

As part of its aggressive growth plan, Britton Transport has begun construction of a new $4 million facility. “We will move in in January or February,” Mr. Britton said.

Scott’s will move into the new facility next summer after the transition process is completed.