Towne Air Freight, South Bend, Ind., has purchased Texas Land and Air in an effort to expand its ocean freight trucking business.
The transaction involves adding 100 employees and contractors as well as nine new cities to Towne's trucking network.

The new cities in Texas include Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Laredo, Harlingen and Corpus Christi.

"Our overlapping values of customer care leave a clear path to incorporating Towne's nationwide Airport-to-Airport, local cartage, exclusive use trucking and warehouse services into the Texas market," said Tom Downey, Towne's president and CEO.

"This deal is a successful culmination of a business plan to eventually grow with a larger company," said Todd Bennett, CEO of Texas Land and Air.

Towne's acquisition of TXLA is its third acquisition in as many years.

Towne Air Freight provides a wide range of air and ocean freight services as well as expedited and specialized trucking to 61 airport locations. Texas Land and Air is the leading provider of expedited air freight trucking for all Texas gateways, serving every major market in Texas. TXLA offers air freight trucking for airlines and air freight forwarders including statewide airport to airport service, time definite truckloads and local cartage, and also has an intermodal division.