Investor Spotlight Article – Defiance, Ohio
The business climate continues to shift towards the convenience of shopping online and same-day delivery services. We are seeing the supply chain and logistics industry respond to this demand by embracing innovative business plans and strengthening infrastructure. One of our local businesses in Defiance, Ohio that continues to strive for greatness in the logistics market is third-party logistics provider (3PL), Keller Logistics Group.
The business began in the 60’s, when Thomas E. Keller bought his first truck and trailer. By 1978, Tom, incorporated his business and Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc. was born. The company has grown significantly over the past 43 years to include the corporate operations company, Keller Logistics Group, and affiliates- Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing, and Keller Freight Solutions. Keller Trucking now operates 250 tractors and 700 trailers. Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing consists of over 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space throughout the country and two co-packing facilities. Keller Freight Solutions works with over 3,000 carrier partners.
Keller Logistics Group is locally family owned and operated by Thomas E. Keller’s nephews, CEO Bryan Keller, and his brother Aaron Keller, Chief Sales Officer. The Keller family values the relationships built with business partners as well as retaining a quality workforce. Keller Logistics Group and affiliates currently consists of 633 full time, part time, and temporary employees and continues to grow. To learn more about current available job opportunities, click here: https://kellerlogistics.com/careers/
The ability to adapt and create innovative strategies in the logistics sector has paid off for the Keller Logistics Group. The company has been named one of the Top 20 Fleets to Drive for in North America and Canada by The Truckload Carriers Association for the past four years. Other notable accomplishments include:
- Named Top 3PL (third-party logistics provider) and Cold Storage Provider by Food Logistics Magazine 2016-2020
- Named as an EPA SmartWay Transport Partner High Performer from 2017-2020
- Named a Top Company for Women to Work For in the Transportation Industry by Women in Transportation’s magazine, Redefining in the Road in 2019.
- Named one of Inc. magazine’s top 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2019
A passion for helping others and giving back to the community through their philanthropic efforts is also a core focus of the company. Three cents per mile driven by their Autism Awareness wrapped truck is allocated to Autism related initiatives. The Keller family and employees are also proud of Operation K.A.V.I.C. (Keller Assists Veterans in Crisis). The company has raised $336,118 since 2015 to help local veterans with gaps in their benefits. With decades of expertise in the supply chain management field, Keller Logistics Group has proven to be an asset to the local community and continues to be a leader in the logistics industry. The company will continue its aggressive growth plan for all of its business units which will provide significant opportunities for the residents of NW Ohio.