Forward Air Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire Black Hawk Freight Services, Inc.


Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Forward Air, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Black Hawk Freight Services, Inc. (Black Hawk). Black Hawk is a privately held provider of transportation services headquartered in Milan, Illinois that generated approximately $30 million in revenue during the year ended Dec. 31, 2006. The transaction is scheduled to close on or about December 3, 2007 and is subject to the receipt of applicable consents and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Bruce A. Campbell, Chairman, President and CEO, said, "We are very excited to be acquiring the assets of a company of Black Hawk's stature and reputation in our industry. Our respective operations are a good fit on many levels and further advance our "Completing the Model Initiatives". Their well-run cartage operation will support our Forward Air Complete(TM) initiative and their pool distribution operations will add to the geographic footprint of our pool distribution provider, Forward Air Solutions. Moreover, their exclusive use vehicles ("EUV"), hotshot, customs services and airport to airport services nicely compliment our existing airport to airport network. In most acquisitions, a lot of time is spent worrying about the operational redundancies the acquired operation will bring. That hasn't been the case with Black Hawk. We believe this acquisition will allow us to provide more service options for our existing customers, as well as, greatly expanding and improving the service offerings for Black Hawk's customers."

Commenting on the acquisition on behalf of Black Hawk, Jim Bellig, President, said: "Forward Air is one of the most highly regarded companies in our industry. We are extremely pleased we will be in a position to provide our customers with more service offerings over a much greater geographic area. We look forward to joining the Forward Air team."

About Forward Air

Forward Air is a high-service-level contractor to the air cargo industry providing time-definite ground transportation services through a network of 81 terminals located on or near major airports in the United States and Canada. The Company provides these services as a cost-effective alternative to air transportation of cargo that must be delivered at a specific time but is relatively less time-sensitive than traditional air freight or when air transportation is not economical.

About Black Hawk

Black Hawk is a highly-respected, well-established transportation service provider with a national network of company-owned and agent stations. Black Hawk provides expedited line haul, local cartage, exclusive use vehicles ("EUV"), hot shots, customs services, and pool distribution services through its established national network. Their website can be found at


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Source: Forward Air Corporation