The humble beginnings of the firm were as a young Elk Grove Village, Illinois, business that maintained a two-door facility and five dedicated employees. Mr. Mandera was driven by the vision of a one-stop shop that would make shipping managers’ lives less complicated and drive efficiency. This reflected personal experience interacting with clients that expressed an interest in accessing a full range of services from one provider.
Through a combination of organic growth and expansion via acquisition of companies such as Custom Global Logistics and Tri Air Transportation, The Custom Companies, Inc., has grown consistently over the years. The company currently maintains a 500,000-square-foot Northlake, Illinois, facility with 400 dock doors and a 250,000-foot space in Santa Fe Springs, California.