Port San Antonio Welcomes Forward Air Solutions - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Nov 1, 2013


Newest customer will use distribution facility at Kelly Field to support region’s retailers

SAN ANTONIO – Port San Antonio is supporting Forward Air Solutions’ latest expansion, as the logistics company prepares to occupy an 89,600‐square‐foot distribution facility at the Port’s industrial airport, Kelly Field, later this year.

Tennessee-based Forward Air Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Forward Air Corporation, is a leading provider of pool distribution services. The company specializes in the consolidation and delivery of goods through a logistics process that replenishes inventory at retail outlets in major metropolitan areas and small communities. Forward Air Solutions operates one of the largest and most efficient networks of its kind in the country, reaching stores in 35 states through a fleet of over 800 owner‐operated trucks in the Forward Air network.

The facility at Port San Antonio, which can be accessed by both trucks and cargo aircraft, allows Forward Air Solutions to store and consolidate consumer products that it then distributes as needed by its customers, which include several retailers throughout the region.

“We are pleased to provide Forward Air Solutions with a great facility and a comprehensive platform to grow its business,” said Bruce E. Miller, President and CEO of Port San Antonio. “As our region continues to prosper, the Port’s direct road, air and rail connections, along with our expertise in providing specialized buildings, are growing opportunities for logistics‐based industries.”

“South Texas is a fast‐growing market, and the strategic facility and comprehensive support provided by Port San Antonio will allow us to broaden our reach in one of the most dynamic communities in the country,” said Roger Gellis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Forward Air Solutions. “We expect our new location at Port San Antonio will allow us to increase the level of service to our customers and provide us the flexibility to quickly adapt to our customers’ changing needs.”

Port San Antonio is redeveloping the former Kelly Air Force Base to its best and highest use, creating the conditions that maintain and grow quality jobs. The 1,900- acre property, which is contained within a foreign‐trade zone (FTZ #80‐10), includes an industrial railport—East Kelly Railport—in addition to air‐served facilities at its Kelly Field Airport, where Forward Air will begin its operations. The Port is home to more than 80 organizations that employ 13,000 workers in the aerospace, government / military and logistics / manufacturing sectors, generating over $4 billion in regional economic activity each year, with important growth opportunities ahead.

About Forward Air

Forward Air Corporation operates three business segments, Forward Air, Inc., Forward Air Solutions, Inc. and Total Quality, Inc.

Forward Air, Inc. is a high‐service‐level contractor to the air cargo industry providing time‐definite ground transportation services through a network of 84 terminals located on or near major airports in the United States and Canada. It provides these services as a cost‐effective alternative to air transportation of cargo that must be delivered at a specific time but is relatively less time‐sensitive than traditional air freight or when air transportation is not economical.

Forward Air Solutions, Inc. is a provider of pool distribution services. Pool distribution involves the consolidation and shipment of several smaller less‐than‐ truckload shipments to a common area or region. Once at the regional destination, the loads are deconsolidated, then grouped with other shipments with common delivery points, and delivered in a very precise, time‐sensitive manner. Our pool distribution network consists of 19 terminals within the mid‐Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and Southwestern United States.

Total Quality, Inc. utilizes industry leading temperature‐controlled equipment, 24-hour monitoring and tracking technology and layered security features to provide our customers with an unmatched level of service. In addition to our core pharmaceutical services, we provide truckload and less‐than‐truckload brokerage transportation services. Headquartered in central Michigan, we service the United States, Canada and Mexico.

This press release may contain “forward‐looking statements,” as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward‐looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition and relate to future events or our future financial performance. Some forward‐looking statements may be identified by use of such terms as “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects” or “expects.” Such forward‐looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward‐looking statements. The following is a list of factors, among others, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward‐looking statements: economic factors such as recessions, inflation, higher interest rates and downturns in customer business cycles, increasing competition and pricing pressure, surplus inventories, loss of a major customer, the creditworthiness of our customers and their ability to pay for services rendered, the inability of our information systems to handle an increased volume of freight moving through our network, changes in fuel prices, claims for property damage, personal injuries or workers’ compensation, and the availability and compensation of qualified independent owner‐operators and freight handlers needed to serve our transportation needs. No assurance can be given as to future financial condition, cash flows or results of operations. Forward Air undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward‐looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.