was born from the idea that managing freight shouldn’t be so hard and that it could be done better. FLI is a third-party logistics firm, operating both nationally and internationally to provide freight solutions to businesses of all sizes. Locally owned, we are headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.
Our parent company, Scotwood Industries, is an industry-leading manufacturer of both dry and liquid ice melt. Demand for their products and a need to source their materials both nationally and internationally quickly turned freight into a key factor of their overall success.
Scotwood Industries knew that no one could understand the unique needs and demands of a shipper better than they could. They knew that they weren’t freight experts. With the right people on their team they could create a centralized freight management program that would exceed anything they’d experienced since their start in 1980.
With that in mind they acquired the logistics companies they had been working with and, in 2003, founded FLI Transportation and Logistics. They realized what they had created was unique to the transportation industry. A third-party logistics company owned and operated by people who actually understood the demands of a shipper was a new concept. This was the pivotal moment when our parent company decided it was time to take FLI to the next level. They were ready to create a corporate identity and offer their much-needed services to the public.
In 2004 they hired Lance Turner as the Director of Sales and Operations for FLI. With Lance on board they established the FLI corporate headquarters in Overland Park and began their mission. With an extensive background in carrier operations and sales, Lance worked to build the business from the ground up. FLI grew from a handful of customers and four employees in 2004, to a resume that includes Fortune 500 customers and over 35 employees and growing.
With a passion for customer service, a mindset that freight shouldn’t be so hard for shippers and an eye turned to the future, FLI has succeeded in year-over-year growth from inception.
As a team we not only look forward to the future of our company and industry, but we look forward to helping drive the future of our industry.