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Halvor Lines purchases Timberline Express

A family-owned North End company is expanding its operation with the purchase of another family-owned firm. Halvor Lines Inc., a Superior-based national transportation and logistics company, announced today it has purchased Timberline Express, wh...

A family-owned North End company is expanding its operation with the purchase of another family-owned firm.

Halvor Lines Inc., a Superior-based national transportation and logistics company, announced today it has purchased Timberline Express, which has specialized in dry freight since 1982. The sale includes all equipment, trailers, real estate and inventory.

Timberline's holding are adjacent to Halvor Lines property.

"The acquisition is an exciting opportunity to bring together the best practices of two family-owned businesses that have proven track records and similar values," Jon Vinje, president and CEO of Halvor Lines Inc., said in a prepared statement. "Timberline Express has been a long-term and well-respected competitor of Halvor Lines. We are fortunate to add he experience and compassion that the Timberline Express team brings to our family. In addition to the similarities between the two companies, both corporate offices are located on adjacent properties, creating a new, larger corporate campus."

Initially, Halvor Lines and Timberline Express plan to operate out of their independent facilities. Strategies will be developed to capitalized on the strengths of both organizations.

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"Both companies take great pride in running first-class, safety-

minded operations," said Lori Vinje-Pint, Halvor Lines vice president. "Together, we'll continue our tradition of strong customer relationships and long-term stability for our employees and contractors."

She said the biggest benefits of combining the two companies will be more freight on similar lanes, increased lane discipline

and "will enhance our ability to carry on our father's legacy."

Timberline majority owner, James Mitchell, son of co-owner Grover Mitchell, will remain with Halvor Lines and work as a consultant through the transition.

His long term plans are to examine other ventures.

"After 20 years in the transportation industry, I'm ready to pursue other interests. But I'll do so knowing that, together, Halvor Lines and Timberline Express can provide an even greater spectrum of top-quality services to our customers and our employees," Mitchell said.

Mike Engblom, son of the founder and co-owner Ken Engblom, and Scott Amys, also co-owners of Timberline Express, will become art of Halvor Lines' management team.

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Timberline Express is in its 25th year. Today, the mid-sized firm operates an 88-truck fleet running nationally. The company was founded by Ken Engblom and his wife, Dianne, who currently live in Brownsville, Texas.

Halvor Lines Inc. was founded in 1968 by William D. Vinje, and is now owned by two of his five children, Jon Vinje and Lori Vinje-Pint. The company offers dry van, flatbed, step deck and over dimensional movements.

The combined operation offers an operating fleet of 390 tractors and 925 trailers offering both dry van and flatbed service to its customer base throughout the United States and Canada. Contact Shelley Nelson at (715) 395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com .

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