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IANA EXPO 2016: We Came, We Saw, We Launched

This year marked a true “milestone.” For the Intermodal Association of North America, the celebration of their 25th Expo. For our organization, the launch of the Milestone Chassis division and its modernized chassis program. Recently we celebrated both in Houston at the 2016 IANA EXPO.

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It was a pleasure to celebrate both events with so many friends throughout the industry. In addition to meeting with current and prospective customers in our booth over coffee while one of our new chassis was on view , we had the chance to demo ChassisFinder.com (now part of the Milestone portfolio) and highlight the chassis inventory in our expanded equipment fleet.

Our own Jordan Ayers was included on the panel “OTR Capacity Shortages – Will the Predictions Come True?”  Since there have not been any OTR capacity shortages this year the panel moderator, Larry Gross had the panel address other intermodal industry shortages, like chassis. Ayers commented on the surge in chassis bookings due to Hanjin Shipping’s recent bankruptcy. He noted the inability to return Hanjin containers to the terminal operators, railroads, and Hanjin’s depots as a key factor in causing the current chassis shortage. img_7498Many motor carriers are being forced to store mounted Hanjin containers on chassis for extended periods. Milestone has quickly responded by delivering more new chassis to the effected markets, living up to their customer-centric reputation.

This has been, and will continue to be a period of growth for our company, as we innovate and provide chassis solutions to meet customer needs. We look forward to introducing Milestone Chassis to all of our Intermodal partners throughout North America!

 

The Hanjin Effect: Equipment Shortages & How Milestone is Here to Help

In response to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, Milestone continues to offer an expansive fleet to minimize disruption for customers. Please find the latest news regarding this matter below.

An excerpt from Reuters:

By Jim Christie, Lisa Richwine and Tom Hals

The bankruptcy of Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd (117930.KS) is causing ripple effects for importers bringing goods from Asian factories to U.S. malls by creating a shortage of trailers to move ocean-shipping containers on U.S. roads.

The world’s seventh-largest container carrier has more than 500,000 containers, and many already are clogging up ports and truck yards, tying up trailers that cannot be used to handle other cargo. That is beginning to worry freight handlers at U.S. West Coast ports and is the first sign of knock-on effects from the failure of Hanjin.

The problem stems from Hanjin’s shortage of cash, which has stranded $14 billion of cargo owned by companies such as HP Inc (HPQ.N), Home Shopping Network (HSNI.O) and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS). Much of the cargo is on more than 100 ships at sea because cargo handlers, tug operators and ports are refusing to work with Hanjin unless they get paid up front.

A lawyer for the shipper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Terminal operators in the California ports of Long Beach and Oakland are not taking back empty containers. Many in the industry doubt Hanjin will pay storage costs, and a growing number of empty containers and the trailers they sit on are stranded.

“If it’s not fixed in the next couple of weeks, I think you’ll see a huge ripple effect across the industry,” said Weston LaBar, executive director for the Harbor Trucking Association in Long Beach, California.

LaBar said there are thousands of Hanjin containers on trailers out of circulation, and the uncertainty surrounding Hanjin appears to be pushing truckers to lock in trailers from his organization’s pool.

“We doubled in bookings this morning,” LaBar said. “We have availability, but we’re getting to the point where we may be leased out for our chassis.”

Shipping executives said there is ample supply of shipping containers, but trailers are limited. The West Coast ports previously have experienced brief shortages even when the stream of trade is functioning normally.

The Hanjin collapse has exacerbated the problem.

Read the full article here or request a quote here.

 

Press Release: Milestone Equipment Holdings Adds Don Clayton as Chief Financial Officer

ST. CHARLES, MO (September 12, 2016) – Milestone announces the addition of Don Clayton who joins the team as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Clayton will be based in St. Charles, MO and will report directly to Jordan Ayers, President and Chief Operating Officer.

“I am very excited to join the Milestone team,” says Clayton. “The team has built an outstanding business through its customer-centric, flexible approach to leasing. We will continue to make that our core mission, while building additional processes and controls to further scale the business. I see tremendous opportunities for growth and we will be prepared to capitalize on those opportunities.”

Clayton has 18 years of experience working in the industrial distribution and financial services industries, including eight years as Chief Financial Officer of a multi-billion-dollar nationwide distributor and seven years in the financial services audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial reporting and internal controls. He has also played key roles on several acquisitions and capital market transactions.

“Don brings the experience and philosophy we want to take our organization to the next level,” says Ayers. “He has built world-class back office operations and has led numerous strategic transactions. Just as importantly, he shares our passion for customer service and our commitment to stay nimble and innovative as we grow.”

Clayton received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Southeast Missouri State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Press Release: Milestone Equipment Holdings Consolidates Personal Attention Leasing Into Milestone Trailer Leasing

ST. CHARLES, MO (August 31, 2016) – Milestone Equipment Holdings announced that they will consolidate the trailer rental brand of Personal Attention Leasing into Milestone Trailer Leasing, creating an expansive portfolio of products and services under the Milestone Trailer Leasing name.

This development comes as a result of Milestone Equipment Holdings going to market with a unified Milestone brand name for the Trailer, Intermodal and Chassis Divisions.  Milestone Trailer Leasing continues their commitment to provide personal attention to each customer in the form of open-architecture arrangements, flexible lease options, and added-value services.

“Consolidating the PAL Trailer brand into the Milestone family helps express to the transportation market that we have transformed into a large scale provider with a national footprint. We can deliver that message and still retain our customer-centric and flexible approach to providing equipment,” says Milestone Executive Vice-President of Branch Operations, Sarah Johnson.

“This is an exciting announcement for our company and a great benefit to our customers,” says Milestone President and Chief Operating Officer, Jordan Ayers. The value of this rebranding can be seen in the form of:

  • Financial strength to buy new equipment to grow our trailer fleet at each branch.
  • Purchase trailers to meet specific customer equipment needs.
  • Expanded trailer fleet of over 40,000 trailers.
  • Nationwide trailer branch network.
  • Broader array of equipment types and transportation services.
  • Access to large groups of cartage equipment to upgrade and augment local fleets.
  • Seasoned, knowledgeable, and customer-centric sales professionals.

Press Release: Milestone Equipment Holdings Continues to Elevate Leadership Team, Names EJ Bronwasser Assistant Vice President of Operations, Chassis Division

BURR RIDGE, IL (August 10th, 2016) – Milestone announces the addition of EJ Bronwasser who joins the team as Assistant Vice President, Chassis Division. He will be based in Burr Ridge, IL and will report directly to Doug Hoehn, EVP Milestone Chassis & Managed Assets.

“Throughout my career I’ve maintained a passion for continuous improvement and being a part of a winning team, such as the one in place at Milestone,” says Bronwasser. “I look forward to helping to streamline processes, optimize our team’s efficiency, increase performance (on behalf of our customers and our team) as well as provide ongoing leadership to our Chassis outfit.”

Bronwasser brings 30 years of experience in equipment control within the ocean liner business. He has worked with such companies as P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line and NYK. In his most recent position at NYK, Bronwasser was the regional Operations Director managing all aspects of first and last mile logistics in addition to rail operations and vendor management.

”EJ’s wealth of experience will bolster the Milestone team as we continue to grow the Milestone Chassis Company business,” says Hoehn. “His systems knowledge and operational expertise will drive organizational excellence. Along with the newest premium marine, domestic and specialty chassis available in the market, adding talent like this will help Milestone to continue to anticipate and exceed client expectations.”

Bronwasser received his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Maritime Management from the Nautical Academy of Rotterdam, The Netherlands followed by his Master of Science degree with an emphasis in Intermodal Transportation from the University of Denver.  He is the current President of the Intermodal Association of Chicago.

Transport Topics – Milestone Equipment, Quest Capital Complete Merger

Barings, which owns trailer leasing companies, announced that it has completed a merger of Milestone Equipment Holdings and Quest Capital Group, a transaction that increases Milestone’s fleet by 70%. Milestone, which previously had 40,000 trailers and containers, now has 68,000 units for lease and rent. The added assets include 18,000 highway trailers and 10,000 pieces of intermodal equipment. Milestone’s fleet now includes intermodal and highway trailers, dry and refrigerated domestic containers and chassis.  Financial details of the transaction weren’t announced. The deal included US Trailer Holdings I and II, which provided leasing and rental services with investor-backed equipment.

Milestone will provide more innovative and flexible leasing and rental products to our customers as a result of our significantly enhanced scale in the marketplace,” Milestone CEO said Rob Thull said. “We are excited to expand the equipment offerings of Milestone through the merger of our operations,” Quest CEO Jordan Ayers said.

“The merger of Milestone, USTH and Quest is strategically important to Barings’ strategy in the surface transportation sector. It will enable Milestone to expand its fleet and geographic footprint while continuing to focus on equipment solutions for its customers,” said Thomas Juterbock, a Barings managing director.

Milestone was acquired by New Haven, Connecticut-based Barings in March.

Source: Transport Topics

Milestone Equipment Holdings Merges with US Trailer Holdings and Quest Capital Group

New Haven, Connecticut – Barings announced it has completed the merger of Milestone Equipment Holdings (“Milestone”), US Trailer Holdings I and II (collectively, “USTH”) and Quest Capital Group (“Quest”). The merger adds approximately 28,000 units of highway and intermodal equipment to Milestone’s existing 40,000-unit fleet; including 18,000 highway trailers, 7,000 domestic containers and 3,000 chassis. Milestone is a full-service transportation equipment lessor specializing in highway and intermodal trailers, domestic intermodal dry and refrigerated containers, as well as chassis. The company’s owned and managed fleet of 68,000 units is provided to its customers under flexible operating lease and rental structures. Barings acquired Milestone in March 2015.

Thomas Juterbock, a Managing Director at Barings, stated: “The merger of Milestone, USTH and Quest is strategically important to Barings’ strategy in the surface transportation sector. It will enable Milestone to expand its fleet and geographic footprint while continuing to focus on equipment solutions for its customers.”

Rob Thull, Milestone’s CEO and founder stated: “Milestone will provide more innovative and flexible leasing and rental products to our customers as a result of our significantly enhanced scale in the marketplace along with the executive talent from Quest. Milestone will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is well capitalized to continue its growth into the future.”

Jordan Ayers, Quest’s CEO and founder stated: “We are proud to join the Milestone team and we are excited to expand the equipment offerings of Milestone through the merger of our operations.”

Barings, Bowman, and Milestone Acquire Assets of GE’s Trailer Leasing Business, Transport International Pool, Inc.

New Haven, Connecticut – A fleet of approximately 27,000 over-the-road trailers previously owned by Transport International Pool, Inc. (“TIP”), a subsidiary of General Electric Capital Corporation, was acquired today by Barings, Bowman Sales and Equipment (“Bowman”), and Milestone Trailer Leasing (“Milestone”) the companies announced. The acquisition includes all of TIP’s remaining U.S.-based trailers.

The majority of the trailers will be owned by Barings affiliates and managed and operated by Trailer Leasing Alliance (“TLA”) and Quest Capital Group (“Quest”).

TLA is a newly formed joint venture trailer leasing company owned by Milestone and Bowman and will be staffed by executives with extensive trailer leasing industry experience and national account management capabilities. Quest is an existing operating partner of Barings and an experienced transportation equipment manager. TLA and Quest will provide high quality services to existing and future trailer lessees and the acquisition group intends to provide additional capital to meet future trailer lessee capacity needs.

“Our acquisition of the TIP trailer fleet expands Barings’ transportation footprint beyond existing investments in U.S. intermodal and commercial aviation markets,” said Barings President Jonathan Rotolo. “The industry fundamentals, driven by a historically small U.S. trailer fleet, offer attractive returns to our investors and complement our existing transportation investments. We are excited to work together with our partners at Bowman, Milestone and Quest, three of the nation’s leading ground transportation players, and we plan to build our presence in the industry.”

As a global, diversified asset manager, Barings delivers the enhanced global perspective, local insight and broader range of traditional and alternative asset class expertise that today’s investors seek. Learn more at www.barings.com

Dennis Hamill, President of Bowman noted: “Bowman has been very fortunate to be able to continue to take advantage of the trailer leasing market consolidation that has taken place in the U.S. in the last few years and we are totally committed to continuing to provide our customers with the best equipment and service available in the industry.”

Bowman Sales & Equipment Inc DBA Bowman Trailer Leasing is the second largest semi-trailer leasing company in the U.S. with a fleet of over 30,000 assets and operates out of 34 branch locations. Based in Hagerstown, MD, Bowman is a full service provider that includes in-house maintenance and delivery/pick-up capabilities in most locations. Learn more at www.bowmanleasing.com

Robert Thull, President and co-owner of Milestone added: “This acquisition and the formation of TLA will provide cost-effective rental and lease alternatives to our customers throughout the United States. The combination of Milestone’s and Bowman’s large regional rental branch infrastructure with the industry-leading TLA executive team will provide exceptional service and trailer capacity to national accounts.”

The Milestone companies, including Milestone Equipment Corporation, operate a leased fleet of over 50,000 units of domestic intermodal and highway transportation equipment. Milestone Trailer Leasing, LLC, headquartered in Tiburon, CA, operates 18,000 highway rental trailers through its affiliate, Personal Attention Leasing, Inc. (“PAL”). The company has 19 full service rental branch locations primarily in the Midwestern United States.

Scrap Metal Services & Milestone Equipment Acquire GE Capital Intermodal Trailer Fleet

Chicago, Illinois – Scrap Metal Services LLC (SMS) and Milestone Equipment Holdings today announced the acquisition of 7,300 intermodal dry van trailers. These heavy duty dry van trailers are operated under leases throughout North America in rail intermodal service. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. SMS and MEC have created a new JV Entity call Scrapstone Intermodal Services, LLC for this transaction as well all future intermodal opportunities. Robert Thull, Milestone’s President and founder stated: “Milestone is now the largest domestic intermodal container and intermodal trailer equipment lessor. We are committed to continued rapid growth and investments in intermodal equipment to provide flexible operating leases to our customers.” Jeffry K. Gertler, Chief Executive Officer of Scrap Metal Services, stated, “This acquisition allows Scrap Metal Services to expand its role in the intermodal marketplace, a market segment that we believe will experience considerable growth over the next several years.”

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