Ascend acquires Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS), a trucking company based in Greenville, SC


Ascend acquires Dedicated Transport Solutions (DTS),

A trucking company based in Greenville, SC

DTS is Ascend’s latest acquisition as it targets growth in the regional full truck business

ATLANTA, GA – (January 25, 2022) – Ascend LLC (Ascend), a dry van, full-truck hauler that brings high-performance service and reliability to the growing mid-mile market, today announced the acquisition of Dedicated Transport Solutions (DTS), of Greenville, South Carolina. The acquisition of DTS expands Ascend’s dedicated contract transport business and further expands the company’s footprint while increasing network density. The addition of DTS bolsters Ascend’s coverage of the southeast coast of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana, Texas and Ohio.

“Bringing DTS into the Ascend family continues our mission to transform the regional truckload industry by leveraging technology, building density, and delivering driver-friendly routes and policies,” said the CEO. of Ascend, Michael McLary. “The company continues to build a robust and reliable network with the necessary assets to meet planned and unplanned customer needs in the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

“Given the challenging nature and headwinds of the supply chain for shippers, by joining Ascend, DTS customers will benefit from the increased capacity and capabilities of the combined company,” said Scott Stowers, President and founder of DTS.

Dedicated Transportation Solutions was established in 2004 to provide shippers with a premier fleet outsourcing option, offering professional transportation management. The company’s dedicated contract transportation offering enables shippers to outsource driver recruitment and retention, regulatory compliance, liability management, vehicle purchase and maintenance, and operational management to a partner with exceptional expertise in the field, allowing them to focus on their core business. DTS has grown from a single Greenville location to 24 independent operating and geographic locations, serving local and national customers along the Southeast Coast as well as Louisiana, Texas and Ohio.

The acquisition of DTS increases Ascend’s assets to over 1,000 tractors and over 3,000 trailers. Ascend was originally formed by the merger and integration of Milan Supply Chain Solutions and J&B Services.

In addition to its large and growing asset-based business, Ascend has established significant truckload brokerage services. The brokerage offering complements the company’s asset operations by providing increased capacity, broader coverage and specialist options such as temperature-controlled and flatbed vehicles while ensuring premium service levels. Combining this flexible network capability with Ascend’s extensive and widely curated trailer fleet and power-only options results in a distinctive range of services well suited to our customers’ needs.


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About Ascend

Ascend provides logistics services to its customers in coordination with its subsidiaries Ascend LLC, Ascend Transportation LLC, Ascend Trucking LLC and Ascend Distribution LLC. The company operates in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West, with density and capacity in key regional areas where there is high demand for high-performance, short-haul shipping, meeting the full truckload shipping needs of customers in the retail, quick-move consumer goods, packaging and industrial supply sectors. Ascend is backed by Wellspring Capital Management Group LLC (“Wellspring”), a leading middle-market private equity firm committed to investing in the company’s strategy and growth plans. For more information, visit

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