Con-way Multimodal to provide expanded freight brokerage services

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Con-way Inc. announced Wednesday, Aug. 6, that it has launched Con-way Multimodal, providing expanded freight brokerage capabilities and services in the third-party logistics and multimodal freight transportation business, focusing on flexible, efficient capacity solutions for the marketplace.

Based in Portland, Ore., Con-way Multimodal operates as a division of one of Con-way’s three primary operating units, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. Con-way Multimodal succeeds the company’s previous brokerage operation, known as Con-way Truckload Services. The name change will become effective upon the receipt of the requisite government approval.

“The relaunching and expansion of our truckload brokerage company and its new leadership will help accelerate our growth in this segment with a strong market offering and a clearly defined and delineated brand,” says Douglas Stotlar, president and chief executive officer of San Mateo, Calif.-based Con-way. “The flexibility inherent in brokerage operations is a key component of the capacity mix for many shipping customers. Delivering an effective, scalable capability, with a solid base of reliable third-party carriers, is a natural fit that complements our enterprise business portfolio.”

Leading Con-way Multimodal as its president will be Tyler Ellison, who joins the organization as a 12-year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry. “Tyler brings to Con-way Multimodal proven experience developing highly valued transportation solutions for shipping and logistics customers,” says Robert Bianco Jr., president of Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “His strategic insight and innovative ideas will help this business unit develop and grow as the brokerage marketplace evolves. We are delighted to have him on our team.”

Ellison becomes responsible for the development and execution of business strategy and operations for Con-way Multimodal, which arranges third-party carrier services for over-the-road, intermodal, flatbed, heavy-haul and specialized transportation for truckload freight shipments. The company’s reach will extend throughout the United States and into Canada and Mexico.

Prior to joining Con-way Truckload Services, Ellison served in a variety of increasingly responsible leadership roles at Schneider National. Most recently, he was senior vice president of the global client group, where he directed a team of sales leaders focused on meeting the global supply chain needs of large multinational customers. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of Schneider transportation management at Schneider Logistics. Ellison began his freight transportation career with Schneider National in 1996.