Hillebrand reinforces US logistics services with the acquisition of Royal Logistics & Royal Service Transport

17th December 2019, Hillebrand, the global leading service provider in the forwarding, transport and logistics of beverages and other products that require special care, has acquired in full, warehouse and transportation beverage only provider Royal Logistics and Royal Service Transport (Royal).

The acquisition of the Baltimore, MD USA based company is part of Hillebrand’s business plan, which commits to grow both organically and through acquisition and continue improving customer service.  This move facilitates that aim, with storage, cross-docking, distribution, drayage and other value-added services now more accessible in the mid- Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Scott Moorad, COO Hillebrand North America says: “This acquisition demonstrates Hillebrand’s commitment to invest in the North American network and to reinforce our services for the beer sector. Royal shares a similar culture and core values with Hillebrand; and both companies serve the same industries.”

“The acquisition of Royal marks our second in less than six months and confirms our strong ambition to grow our business and extend our service portfolio in key markets such as the US. Bringing Royal and its services under the Hillebrand name and into our network strengthens our position and offering as a one-stop logistics partner.”

Cees van Gent, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board

Since 2003, Royal has been a trusted partner of Hillebrand, providing services to its recently rebranded Keg & Assets division formally known as Satellite Logistics Group, Inc.  This acquisition has allowed Hillebrand to expand its warehouse facilities and distribution capabilities. 

Sonny Sponaugle, Co-founder of Royal says, “By joining Hillebrand we’ve the means to provide our employees with opportunities to grow in an industry we are all very passionate about serving.”

Sonny and Janet Sponaugle, VP of Operations, will remain on board, which will support the transition of the business, its customers, employees and vendors.


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