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Pacific Alaska Freightways Acquires Southern Alaska Forwarding

(Anchorage, AK)--Pacific Alaska Freightways (PAF) will be kicking off the New Year with a new merger.  PAF recently acquired Southern Alaska Forwarding (SAF) out of Kodiak, Alaska.  Effective January 1, 2012, the merged companies will bring fast, dependable and seamless transit to and from Kodiak with the same great team members from PAF and SAF.

PAF and SAF have a long standing relationship dating back to 1979 when Alain Smith and Ron Sears established SAF, 13 years after Sears began PAF.  It was an opportunity to provide the needed freight service to Kodiak Island. “I can remember loading shipments into containers in Seattle, then flying up to Kodiak on the weekend, to meet and unload that same container in Kodiak. Back in those days, Ron and I wore many hats, but we got the job done” says Smith.

SAF expanded its coverage and operations to include the communities of Kenai and Cordova. Sears ran the day to day administration of the company, and Alain built the key relationships with clients, many of which are still loyal customers of both PAF and SAF today.

In 2000, they two companies decided to separate the two companies, while maintaining a strong business partnership with PAF picking up freight from Anchorage and transferring to SAF for delivery in Kodiak as well as supporting each other from the Lower 48 into their respective service areas.

Eleven years later they have decided to merge the two companies under the PAF.  Ed Fitzgerald, CEO of Pacific Alaska Freightways. “This is a great acquisition for us. We know the SAF business model and we expect a seamless transition. We are really excited to have Mike York and his team in Kodiak join PAF, and we are equally pleased that Chuck Kollasch with be joining us at our headquarters in Fife as well” says Fitzgerald.

Pacific Alaska Freightways has been providing freight transportation services to Alaska since 1961.  We have gained experience in all modes of transportation to Alaska including steamship, barge, rail, air and over the road. In addition, with established inter-modal, LTL and Truckload Carrier services available in the lower 48 states, we can offer seamless origin to destination services to all our clients throughout Alaska.   Visit us at www.pafak.com.

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