A&R Logistics Acquires Blue Water Plastic Transport

Yahoo Finance | July 01, 2019

A&R Logistics Acquires Blue Water Plastic Transport
Wind Point Partners and portfolio company A&R Logistics are pleased to announce today that A&R has acquired Blue Water Plastic Transport, LLC. BWP, founded in 1988 and headquartered in St. Clair, MI, provides specialty bulk transportation and logistics services to the plastics industry.The acquisition of BWP further expands A&Rs geographic presence in the Midwestern U.S. and increases A&Rs overall transportation capacity with additional tractors and specialty trailers. Mostly servicing Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, BWP provides specialty dry bulk transportation, warehousing, and logistics services primarily related to plastic resin across a diverse customer base which includes plastics manufacturers, distributors, and recyclers.

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The future of 3D printing lies in the business opportunities that lie in the adoption of the technology. One area businesses have seen immense value is 3D printing’s impact on the supply chain.  With top 3D printing companies rapidly making the technology more accessible to a wide range of industries, more and more companies have embraced 3D printing’s streamlined supply chain.

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