CRST International has acquired BESL Transfer, based in Cincinnati, OH. BESL, a privately-held company, is a provider of short-haul flatbed services.

The acquisition complements CRST Malone, which CRST International purchased in 1984, the company said. CRST Malone is a provider of long-haul flatbed services.

“CRST International is comprised of six specialized, niche transportation companies. We are always in search of companies to add to our portfolio that offer services that allow us to expand our capabilities with our customers,” said Dave Rusch, president & CEO of CRST International. “The acquisition of BESL Transfer Co. further complements our flatbed transportation services by offering premiere, short haul dedicated services. We are thrilled to be working with the Dehan family on this acquisition and look forward to expanding the service offerings to both BESL and CRST customers going forward.”

“The acquisition of BESL allows CRST to expand its flatbed operations nationwide footprint through its short haul, regional services and expanded agent base,” said John Gallardo, CRST group president. “For CRST and BESL it means improved fleet utilization and increased operating efficiencies. We look forward to working with the BESL employees, independent contractors, and the agent family.”