Partners Mike Lozito and Lonnie de Asis have opened a third-party logistics firm, Sequoia Transportation Services Inc., in Visalia, Calif.

The firm specializes in perishable, expedited truckload freight, and coordinates shipments nationwide.

Both partners have spent their careers in logistics and transportation, and most recently co-managed L&M Transportation Service in Visalia for the last eight years.

Perishables shipper Sequoia Transportation opensPerishables shipper Sequoia Transportation opensDe Asis opened the L&M Transportation office in 1997 and worked there until 2004, rejoining the company from 2005 to 2013. The company arranges transport of about 6,000 truckloads annually.

De Asis’ career started as a transportation broker with Jack Pardue Truck Brokers, Salinas, Calif.

Lozito’s other experience includes helping arrange financing for Visalia-based Riolo Transportation at its 1991 founding. He later worked at Riolo.

Sequoia Transportation opened March 1.