World Group acquires Pacific Cascade

World Distribution Services’ (WDS) parent company, World Group, has announced the acquisition of Pacific Cascade which includes Pacific Cascade Distribution and Pacific Cascade Trucking both headquartered in Sumner, Washington.

Pacific Cascade, founded in 2005 by Jeff Roulst, is an asset-light provider of 3PL services including drayage, warehousing, transloading, fulfilment and more. It operates more than 50 trucks and has garnered motor carrier of the year honours from customers in 2016, 2020 and most recently in 2021.

Additionally, in 2015, it was reported to be the first drayage provider servicing the ports of Tacoma and Seattle to become fully compliant with updated clean air regulations.

“There is a lot of excitement about welcoming Pacific Cascade and their team as part of our family,” said Dale Young, Vice President of Warehousing & Distribution for WDS. “They are an industry leader in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to providing customers with reliable 3PL services and a top-notch customer experience. This move complements our existing distribution footprint in the area and allows for increased flexibility and capacity for customers, including more cross-docking, transloading, and other distribution options at a time when these services are in high demand.”

Pacific Cascade CEO, Jeff Roulst, said: “This agreement really made sense for both organisations. World Group’s operating companies have a robust presence east of the Rockies, and their recent significant investments in the Pacific Northwest, including the new WDS distribution facility and the Sun Chief express ocean service offered by UWL in collaboration with Swire Shipping, demonstrate a commitment to long-term growth in this region. Our leadership teams share a similar vision, and we are excited to see where this journey takes us together.”

With the addition of the Pacific Cascade facility, customers looking to move goods quickly will now have access to nearly 600,000 square feet of space in the market. Pacific Cascade is located 35 miles from the Port of Seattle, and just 12 miles from the Port of Tacoma. Both locations have ample truck parking and dozens of dock doors to facilitate efficient transloading and cross-docking to ensure freight is ready for domestic distribution.

“It’s a privilege to have an organisation like Pacific Cascade as part of our World Group family,” said World Group CEO, Fred Hunger. “Their culture and capabilities align with our existing offerings and will help build a true end-to-end supply chain solution for our customers. Jeff and his team have extensive knowledge of the Pacific Northwest and will bolster our existing presence in the market. Together, we’ll grow our vision of creating a transportation corridor in the Pacific Northwest for customers looking for a legitimate alternative to LA/Long Beach.”

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