Mergers and Acquisitions

Associated Terminals’ Management Group Acquires S.H. Bell Company

The management group of Convent, La.-based Associated Terminals announced on May 10 the acquisition of S.H. Bell Company, a cargo handling and storage service headquartered in Pittsburgh.

Under the purchase agreement, S.H. Bell will continue to operate independently and under the same name. In addition, S.H. Bell’s existing management team will remain in place and oversee day-to-day operations.

“We are thrilled to welcome S.H. Bell into our existing group of companies,” said Todd Fuller, president of Associated Terminals. “This acquisition is a testament to our commitment to growth and excellence in serving our customers, with a dedication to efficiency and streamlining the movement of cargo to its final destination.

“John Bell and Adam Bell, and their team members, have always had our admiration,” Fuller said. “We share cultures where we believe that every team member plays a pivotal role in our organization and our customers deserve the highest level of customer service. This acquisition allows us to optimize our operations and provide end-to-end solutions for our customers.”

Associated Terminals, a leading provider of stevedoring, marine and logistics services, specializes in bulk cargo handling across the Gulf Coast and beyond. The company is the largest stevedore on the Lower Mississippi River.

S.H. Bell provides handling, storage, processing, packaging and record keeping services primarily to producers, traders and consumers of metals, minerals and semi-finished industrial materials. The company has facilities in Newell, W.Va.; Chicago; East Liverpool, Ohio; and Baltimore.

“Joining forces with Associated Terminals management presents exciting opportunities,” said John Bell, president of S.H. Bell. “We look forward to leveraging our combined expertise and cultural alignment to deliver unparalleled service and value.”

According to Associated Terminals, the acquisition will create synergies and enhance service offerings for both companies by connecting and expanding operations, locations and destinations.