What exactly does a third-party logistics company (3PL) do? Simply put, the management and facilitation of the movement and storage of goods. A 3PL may offer a single service such as transportation or warehouse storage, or it can be an integrated package of services capable of managing an entire supply chain. That is exactly what ITS Logistics has done, and done well, since its inception in December 1999-homegrown right here Reno.
The three original founders of ITS were all Nevada-born, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno before starting their careers in their chosen fields.
Dan Allen, CFO, received a degree in accounting from The College of Business and worked for the accounting firm Deloitte in taxation and then for nine years at Grant Thornton in assurance.
Darryl Bader, president of warehouse and distribution, earned his degree in logistics from The College of Business. He moved to the Bay Area to work for a company that provided manufacturing and distribution for customers including Apple, Adobe and Microsoft. He then returned to Reno and worked for a national 3PL as general manager.
Jeff Lynch, founder and principal, attended the University of Nevada, Reno before leaving to pursue a career in logistics. He worked for both a small family transportation company and one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the U.S., ending as an executive vice president.
In 1999 Jeff decided he was done working for someone else, and reached out to Darryl and Dan to see if they were interested in starting up a new logistics company in their hometown. They agreed, and formed ITS Logistics as equal partners. They hit the ground running and signed their first dedicated contract with CLIF Bar/New Life Bakery and acquired 40,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and two trucks. They became a $1 million company in the first full year.
ITS Logistics continued to grow and add service lines with more trucks, warehouses, skilled employees and technology, working with companies like Starbucks, Amazon, Kellogg's, Ralston, the U.S. Navy and Mercedes-Benz-most of which are still important customers to this day.
ITS LOGISTICS NOW
Today, ITS Logistics has more than 520 employees and has continued to expand both its service offerings and geographical footprint. ITS offers three full 3PL service lines that include:
The backbone of ITS, this asset-based fleet specializes in long-term, dedicated operations that move freight daily for Fortune 500 companies such as Starbucks, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz, as well as expedited linehaul for companies such as DHL and OnTrac. This division has found its niche by creating unique and "outside of the box" trucking solutions, combined with the latest equipment and some of the industry's best and safest drivers. The fleet division is headquartered in Sparks but has additional facilities in the Pacific Northwest, northern and southern California, and Phoenix, Ariz.
Warehousing and Distribution
In 2016, ITS consolidated from five separate locations across the Reno/Sparks area and expanded its corporate offices and warehouse and distribution center into a newly remodeled 630,000-square-foot campus in Sparks that was formerly the distribution center for General Motors. With this AIB-certified food grade facility and a focus on customengineered solutions and cutting-edge technology, ITS handles more than 40 customers and provides some of the best 3PL services in the state. Not only is Nevada a business-friendly state, but the Reno/Sparks area is at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Interstate 80. That allows for next-day ground service anywhere in the western United States - which makes this a great location for manufacturing and distribution.
The Freight Brokerage service line really took off in January 2013 when they promoted Mike Crawford to head the division. It was very small in the first year, but has been on an accelerated rate of growth ever since. The division broke $70 million in revenue in 2016 and was named the #60 Top Freight Brokerage firm in the country by Transport Topics magazine (out of 14,000 registered brokers). The Brokerage division operates in the United States, Mexico and Canada offering traditional services like truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, rail and transportation management, and has recently found great success with their enhanced drayage and dedicated service offerings. Last year, the Brokerage division expanded into the entire fourth floor of 50 West Liberty St., a strategic location at the intersection of downtown Reno and Midtown, and within two miles of the University of Nevada, Reno.
ITS LOGISTICS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
All three founders attended the University of Nevada, Reno and the education that they received on campus started the path that led to the founding of ITS Logistics. But the ties run deeper than that. The senior leadership team is full of Nevada graduates. Director of IT Dave Espinosa received his undergrad degree and Master of Science in Information Systems; Director of Marketing Patrick McFarland graduated from the Reynolds School of Journalism, and even worked for the University as Art Director of Nevada Silver & Blue for seven years; Director of Sales for Warehouse and Distribution Kasia Wenker received her Bachelor of Science in Management and MBA in Supply Chain; Industrial Engineer and Network Design Kent Bergantz, received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA; and the list goes on and on (SEE SIDEBAR). In fact, ITS has Nevada grads in every department of the company, from warehouse and distribution to accounting to IT to HR to Freight Brokerage.
President of Freight Brokerage Mike Crawford has a special connection to the University of Nevada, Reno. Not only is he a graduate, but was also a walk-on to the Nevada Wolf Pack football team. He ended his college career as team captain and MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl, before being drafted into the NFL. He played three years for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings before deciding to walk away from football in 2002. In 2016 he was also inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame.
Crawford has continued to build that link to the University of Nevada, Reno and has hired almost 30 Nevada grads over the last two years, as well as a handful of former Wolf Pack athletes. In fact, ITS' Brokerage division is currently hiring four to six new employees per month and hopes that ITS/Nevada connection continues to flourish. If you are a current Nevada student or graduate and looking for an exciting opportunity in a global trillion-dollar industry-right in our own back yard, contact Paul Brashier, Director of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org today!