From its Jacksonville hub, Patriot Rail Company LLC (Patriot Rail) has ramped up its assets with the recent acquisition of the Midwest-based United Transportation Group (UTG), which specializes in rail tank car and tanker truck cleaning.
The transaction was made specifically through Lakeshore Railcar Services LLC, a subsidiary of Patriot Rail.
With the addition, Patriot can realize its long-term goal of providing an integrated set of customer services, begun with previous purchases including Keysville, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Railcar Repair Services and St. Louis, Missouri’s Foster Townsend Rail Logistics.
"Patriot Rail is no longer just a company made up of individual short line railroads," Patriot Rail President and CEO John Fenton said. "We now offer a full range of services that allows us to develop customized, cost effective rail transportation plans for customers, on and off our rail lines. Providing a 'one-stop shop' … simplifies what can be a very complicated railroad supply chain and ultimately saves them time and money."
Patriot Rail manages 12 short line railroads in 14 states for clients shipping a wide variety of goods. Additionally, it provides supplemental logistics services from analytics to cleaning and storage.