Pacer International

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Pacer, an XPO Logistics Company
A service of XPO Logistics
Industry Intermodal
Headquarters Divisional headquarters: Dublin, Ohio, USA
Key people
Paul V. Smith, President–Intermodal Services
Services Domestic Intermodal, Cross-border Mexico Intermodal, Drayage
A portion of a "double stack" container train operated by Union Pacific Railroad, the containers are owned by Pacer Stacktrain, the well cars by DTTX.

Pacer International is the former name of a major North American provider of intermodal services, now owned by XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO). The business is an asset-light transportation logistics provider, which markets its services under the brand XPO Logistics. In Mexico, services are provided under the brand Pacer, An XPO Logistics Company.

With the acquisition of Pacer International on March 31, 2014, XPO Logistics became the third largest provider of intermodal services in North America and the largest provider of cross-border Mexico intermodal. The business facilitates one of the most comprehensive double-stack intermodal networks in North America, with access to more than 60,000 miles of rail routes and a nationwide relationships with independent truck drayage carriers.

The former Pacer operations have been integrated into the XPO Logistics service offering, which includes truck brokerage, intermodal, ground and air expedite, last mile logistics, contract logistics, freight forwarding, less-than-truckload brokerage and managed transportation.

Company history[edit]

  • 1984: Don Orris leads the development of the first cost-effective double-stack rail network service, an innovation that led to a major change in the movement of domestic goods within the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Orris would go on to found Pacer International.
  • 1997: Don Orris, Chairman and CEO, founds Pacer International when he begins acquiring the 14 small-to-medium-sized companies in transportation, third party logistics, intermodal marketing, drayage, and ocean transportation.
  • 1999: Pacer acquires APL Stacktrain and operates the new business unit as Pacer Stacktrain.
  • 2001: Pacer consolidates its transportation and logistics brokerage services in its subsidiary Pacer Global Logistics. This unit was renamed Pacer Transportation Solutions in 2008.
  • 2002: Pacer becomes a public company (NASDAQ: PACR).
  • 2006: Michael E. Uremovich is appointed Chairman and CEO.
  • 2008:
    • Pacer’s intermodal network doubles in size with the addition of BNSF service routes.[1]
    • Pacer begins expansion of its truck brokerage and highway services units.
  • 2009: Daniel W. Avramovich is appointed Chairman and CEO.[2]
  • 2014: On March 31, XPO Logistics completed the acquisition of Pacer International.[3] Paul Smith was subsequently appointed as President–Intermodal Operations.

Operating structure[edit]

The former Pacer intemodal operations are part of the XPO Logistics freight brokerage business segment.

Awards and recognition[edit]



Pacer Transportation Solutions, Inc.
"Intermodal Carrier of the Year"
ConAgra Foods, Inc.


Pacer Global Logistics
“Top 100 Third-Party Logistics Providers”
Inbound Logistics magazine


Pacer International, Inc.
“Top 50 Freight Transportation Firms”
Transport Topics magazine

2006, 2005, 2004, and 1999

Pacer Stacktrain
“Quest for Quality” gold medal
Logistics Management magazine

2007, 2006, and 2005

Pacer International, Inc.
“Best 400 Big Companies in America”
Forbes magazine


Pacer Transport
“Quest for Quality” gold medal
Logistics Management magazine


Pacer Distribution Services
“100 Great Supply Chain Partners”
Global Logistics &
Supply Chain Strategies magazine


Pacer International, Inc.
“Supply Chain Provider of the Year”
J.C. Penney Company, Inc [5]


  1. ^ "Pacer, BNSF Expand Intermodal Service". Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Pacer CEO to retire, COO tapped as replacement". 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. ^ "XPO Logistics Completes Acquisition of Pacer International" (Press release). XPO Logistics. April 1, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Awards & Recognition". Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Award to Pacer International; Reliable Logistics is Strategic Asset, Retailer Says". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 

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