Symbia Logistics Closes on Three Acquisitions

Woman-owned warehousing, logistics, and e-commerce fulfillment company reports explosive growth.

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Symbia Logistics, a Colorado-based warehousing, logistics, and e-commerce fulfillment company, is experiencing explosive growth. The company has closed on three acquisitions in recent months—Mountain States Logistics, Innovative Fulfillment Solutions, and Nevada Distribution Services—and is preparing for the January 2019 grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art e-commerce fulfillment operation in Aurora, Colo.

Symbia CEO Megan Smith, along with a team of seasoned logistics and fulfillment executives, says the company is on an aggressive growth path. “We are very excited to announce that three quality companies have recently become members of our Symbia Logistics family. The broad range of services our combined operations can now provide gives us a unique edge over our competition. That means manufacturers and retailers coast to coast can rely on our extensive capabilities, whether they are a business-to-business (B2B) entity or a business-to-consumer (B2C) operation.” 

Symbia’s first acquisition in April was Mountain States Logistics (MSL) in Denver. With its location on a rail line, MSL customers have access to mass distribution and economical rail-to-truck services. MSL offers customized solutions and personalized service to manufacturers of more industrial types of goods. MSL’s founding partner, Rusty Walker, now serves as Symbia’s director of rail service operations.

According to Walker, “This merger is a huge win for all parties and most importantly, for our customers. Together we are working to make their dollar go further—like all the way across the country.”

Shortly after acquiring Mountain States Logistics, Symbia acquired Innovative Fulfillment Solutions (IFS), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.  Founded in 1998, IFS pioneered third-party fulfillment services to e-commerce companies, serving customers worldwide. 

IFS Founder Keith Milburn said, “Since launching IFS, we’ve seen exponential growth in online shopping and e-commerce services. We are thrilled to know that the Symbia team will continue to treat our employees, our clients and their customers with the same care and exceptional customer service that we have committed to over the years.” 

Symbia’s third successful acquisition was of Nevada Distribution Services (NDS). NDS provides supply chain, warehousing and logistics management solutions to both B2B and B2C marketers. Based in Reno, Nev., NDS meets the needs of customers across the country and around the globe. For some international clients it serves as a forwarding agent, routing cargo efficiently, safely, and swiftly through a maze of regulations and U.S. and foreign customs.

NDS President John McKinney said, “Joining forces with Symbia was an excellent move for us and for our clients. With Symbia’s growth plans and commitment to customer satisfaction, everyone comes out ahead.”

Symbia CEO Megan Smith commented on the company’s aggressive growth plans. “When you consider our expanded capabilities as a result of these three transactions, add in the high-tech solutions in our Aurora facility, and combine that with our plans to continue growing through strategic acquisitions, the future for Symbia is extremely exciting. We have become a major 3PL player for companies looking for the broad capabilities of Amazon but with the high-touch customer service that only a family-owned business can provide.”

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