Midwest Coast, Willis Shaw form strategic alliance

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Comcar Industries announced the creation of a strategic alliance between Midwest Coast Transport Inc. and Willis Shaw Express Inc. intended to provide several key advantages that will further enhance both companies’ abilities to serve their customers, maximize the productivity of their drivers and improve operating efficiencies of both companies.

“The result of this alliance will be a stronger and more efficient operation that will be best able to compete in the temperature-controlled segment of the transportation industry,” says Mark Bostick, president and chief executive officer of Comcar Industries, based in Auburndale, Fla. “By strategically sharing certain services and assets, we will be better positioned to meet our customers’ needs.”

MCT and WSE and their wholly owned subsidiaries will continue to operate independently under their current company names. Matt Staniszewski, president of MCT, also will serve as the president of WSE. Staniszewski has an extensive sales, operations and logistics background, having served in a variety of key management roles for Comcar the past 15 years. He previously led WSE for two years prior to being named president of MCT in 2004, and he brings a comprehensive knowledge of the temperature-controlled business with a successful track record that includes dedicated services, private fleet conversions, intermodal shipping and port operations.

The sales and marketing efforts of both companies will be led by Dan Denhof, who joined WSE as vice president of sales and marketing in March of this year. Denhof has 20 years of leadership experience in the transportation industry, including serving most recently as president of a Florida-based temperature-controlled trucking company.

The logistics and brokerage efforts of the companies will be led by David Saylor, who recently joined the company as managing director of logistics. Saylor brings more than 20 years of successful logistics management experience to the Comcar network of companies.

“Through this alliance, we will be able to offer our customers the best solutions for their shipping needs,” Bostick says. “While doing so, our companies, our drivers and our independent contractor business partners will all benefit. It also positions both companies for outstanding growth potential now and in the future.”