The Allen Lund Co. has acquired Northern Freight Service Inc.

Established in 1989, Northern Freight Service Inc. will join Allen Lund as a fellow TIA member (TIA Performance Certified) and a Smartway Transport Partner, according to a news release from Allen Lund.

Their continued services and expertise are in truckload, LTL, and intermodal, with customers ranging from small shippers to Fortune 500 shippers, according to the release.

At the helm of the Madison, Wis., office is former president of Northern Freight Service Rick Barker.

“I am extremely excited that Northern Freight Service is now part of the Allen Lund Co.,” Barker said in the release. “Our full-service brokerage model will continue to grow by providing great service, with the added strength, resources and technology Allen Lund Co. provides.”

Prior to his 24 years of building Northern Freight Service, Barker was a partner of DRG Express, general manager of Princl Freightlines, Inc., and an owner operator/dispatcher/operations manager at Pirkle Refrigerated Freight Lines, Inc., according to the release.

Allen Lund vice president of sales and branch operations Eddie Lund said the company was pleased with the acquisition.

“Rick has built a solid company with great people that provide top-notch service,” he said in the release. “This strengthens our network, reputation, and our ability to service our customers. We look forward to working with Rick and helping him continue to grow the Madison office.”

“The Allen Lund Co. has a strategic vision to continue to grow,” vice president of business development Doug Clark said in the release. “We’ve opened six offices in the past year and a half and will continue to pursue additional acquisitions.”