Our Values Have Always Guided Us
Our roots may be humble, but our growth has been steadfast and remarkable. Guided by a diverse team, we’ve navigated the ever-changing business landscape, embracing new horizons while staying true to our enduring values. Amidst a sea of similar logistics brokers, we stand out by consistently showing up for our customers with enthusiasm and professionalism.
1998 – 2018
Beginnings – The First 20 Years
In 1998, Nick Fitzpatrick started hauling among other things hay and machinery on a hotshot style rig. He was the first driver and quickly hired his second driver Dave Stewart. The company was based in Liberty NY and served the local area. Over the next 20 years through various spurts of growth the fleet grew to over 45 specialized power units and 200 trailers including step-decks, reefers, straight trucks, dry vans, and double drops along with loading and rigging equipment. The asset based company primarily served the agricultural industry and operated yards in Montgomery NY, Hawk Springs WY and Belle Glade FL.
Aden Logistics Corp
In 2018 after 20 years operating the asset based trucking and agricultural focused business Nick decided to make a pivot and start a non-asset transportation brokerage company. Nick was very interested in expanding to serve a variety of industries and expand beyond the agricultural sector. Aden Logistics was founded in 2018 and was granted Motor Carrier Brokerage only authority by the FMCSA.
In the early days with the asset fleet as a sister company and the brokerage a new entity there were challenges managing two sister company operations. Nick came to the belief that an asset-based company and a brokerage should not be under the same roof because the goals of each company are completely different. An asset company must focus on keeping its trucks and drivers steadily busy, keeping equipment maintained and maintaining revenue per mile while staying safe. While a brokerage must focus on customer service perfection, always selecting the right driver to deliver and executing each load with precision. The two business types, at times, were not aligned so a decision was made to wind down and leave the asset business.
Failure is Not an Option
The company moved into a new office in Montgomery NY. With the goals simplified and the business established the company began to grow with a strong focus on high customer service and providing service to customers without fail.
Organizing for Growth
With the advice of several industry experts and a clear vision Aden Logistics began to hire experienced brokerage professionals as well as develop a strategy around teams of people within the company that each had a specialty service focus. Reefer (frozen food) Flatbed (building materials) and produce (reefer) were the first three specialty teams developed.
Barranquilla Colombia office Opens
Our 2nd office was established in Barranquilla Colombia with the help of our local partner VGF Management, giving us access to a highly talented local workforce.
Positive, Prompt, Proactive
In 2022, Aden Logistics solidified its core values: Positive, Prompt, and Proactive. These principles, rooted in Nick’s original operating philosophy from 1999, shaped the company’s culture and approach. During this year, Aden Logistics saw remarkable growth, with revenue soaring from $11 million to $32 million and the number of active customers increasing from 59 to 192. The growth earned Aden Logistics Corp position No.1,590 on the INC5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.
With a freight recession in full effect 2023 brought changing market conditions and much harder operating conditions for transportation companies. As market conditions toughened across the board and freight volumes and price fell our teams took the opportunity to become better brokers that operate efficiently under tough conditions. With goals and success in focus the team was able to maintain YOY revenue growth of 30% while increasing volume 70%, and customer count 100%.