After performing his military service, Jack L. K. Grunwald returns to his home in Denver, CO and opens Acme Delivery Service. With one station wagon and a big dream, Jack begins our legacy.
Jack’s delivery service had grown and his service was so loved by his largest customer, they asked if he would start to provide warehousing services for hire. The first warehouse is opened in lower downtown Denver.
Leon Goldfogel takes over his father’s wholesale grocery business and converts it into a “public warehousing business” and calls it Imperial Distribution Services, Inc. providing for the future creation of CIA Consolidators.
After years of being friendly competitors, Jack and Leon had each grown their respective businesses and create the industry’s first true third party consolidation service called CIA Consolidators. Although freight charges were regulated at this time, the innovative concept of combining multiple LTL shipments together to make truckload volume pricing provides huge freight savings to their respective customers and sparked years of phenomenal growth by all the CIA member companies and later adopted by the logistics industry.
Acme purchases 47 acres of land in Aurora, CO (east of Denver) and constructs one of the largest industrial warehouse buildings at that time of almost 1 million square feet in size.
The “Acme Tower Road Complex” opens for business with state of the art designs & systems and increases Acme’s total warehousing capacity and efficiency. The complex which not only includes the new warehouse facility but also specifically designed areas for trans-load cross dock services as well as a stand-alone truck maintenance shop and fueling stations.
Acme acquires all of the operations and assets of Imperial Distribution, Craig’s Distribution, Craig-Imperial Distribution, LJR Distribution and CIA Consolidators.
Howard Logistics is created to provide specific services catered toward retail & fulfillment needs.
Acme opens in Harrisburg, PA.
Acme opens additional contract operations for an electronics manufacturer in Charleston, SC, Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX.
Jack L.K. Grunwald retires and passes the company successorship to his 4 most seasoned executives to ensure continued growth.
Acme opens in Fife (Seattle), WA with a new operation and domiciled transportation.