How We Started - Then to Now
In 2003, InTek Freight & Logistics founders/owners Rick LaGore and Shelli Austin set out to solve a problem: as part of operating more than 3 million square feet of distribution center and packaging services for PepsiCo, the beverage company needed to improve the distribution of Gatorade. Their solution? Open non-asset freight broker operations to support PepsiCo's DC operations, backfilling failed pick-ups with capacity sooner than their expedited carrier could - and at a lower price.
Thus, InTek was born, with a mission to offer a reliable freight 53’ capacity solution that delivered as promised on service, without constant emails and phone calls requesting status. Over the years, Rick and Shelli sought to narrow their focus, and became a leader in the domestic intermodal market. The business worked under another 3PL until 2016, when Rick and Shelli purchased their division of the company to officially found InTek Freight & Logistics.
The purchase allowed InTek’s team to invest in technology and people in a way that set a new course for the organization where its business is divided into three distinct segments:
- Non-Asset Freight Capacity
- Outsourced Transportation Management Services
- Re-Seller - Integrator - Support of the MercuryGate Cloud TMS
These three divisions offer a full range of logistics services for a capacity challenged market where shippers’ are demanding more from their freight providers. More and more shippers have embraced this strategic direction by entrusting their business in InTek. The result is InTek Freight & Logistics grew 242% between 2018 and 2020, which put it as the Indiana Business Journal's 3rd fastest-growing privately held company in Indianapolis, according to the IBJ Fast 25 list.
In the freight and logistics industry, InTek continues a partnership started in 2012 with the Journal of Commerce (JOC) - the oldest commerce magazine publication in the world - on its intermodal spot rate index. And InTek President Shelli Austin is currently in her second 3-year term with the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) board, currently serving as Vice Chair.
It all started with a sports drink, and we at InTek have not looked back since. Our story has held constant. We have walked in the shoes of shippers and are therefore uniquely positioned to help solve their service, capacity and price logistics and supply chain challenges.