CRST International acquires Gardner Trucking

California-based Gardner adds 2,400 drivers to CRST

The under-construction CRST Building is shown adjacent to the 2nd Ave bridge in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, June 30, 2016. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The under-construction CRST Building is shown adjacent to the 2nd Ave bridge in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, June 30, 2016. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids-based CRST International, one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the United States, announced the acquisition of privately-held Gardner Trucking Inc. in a media release Monday afternoon.

CRST currently employs more than 8,000 drivers, independent contractors and office personnel. The acquisition will add more than 2,400 drivers and 500 non-driver personnel.

Based in southern California, Gardner services the Western United States.

The Gardner acquisition is the single largest acquisition in CRST’s history, according to the release.

“CRST International is comprised of seven specialized transportation companies. We are always in search of adding companies to our portfolio that offer services which allow us to expand our capabilities for our customers,” said Dave Rusch, president and CEO of CRST, in the media release.

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