Con-way, Inc. announced that it has launched Con-way Multimodal’, providing expanded freight brokerage capabilities and services in the third-party logistics and multimodal freight transportation business, focusing on flexible, efficient capacity solutions for the marketplace. Based in Portland, OR, Con-way Multimodal operates as a division of one of Con-way’s three primary operating units, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, which annually manages more than $1 billion in transportation spend for its customers.

Con-way Multimodal succeeds the company’s previous brokerage operation, known as Con-way Truckload Services. Its relationships with both small and large third-party carriers across the United States—coupled with the technology, customer relationships and purchasing power of the Con-way enterprise—provide shippers with reliable capacity, planning flexibility and access to a broad range of transportation and logistics services.

“The relaunching and expansion of our truckload brokerage company and its new leadership will help accelerate our growth in this segment with a strong market offering and a clearly defined and delineated brand,” said Douglas W. Stotlar, Con-way president and CEO. “The flexibility inherent in brokerage operations is a key component of the capacity mix for many shipping customers. Delivering an effective, scalable capability, with a solid base of reliable third-party carriers, is a natural fit that complements our enterprise business portfolio.”

Leading Con-way Multimodal as its president will be Tyler S. Ellison, who joins the organization as a 12-year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry. “Tyler brings to Con-way Multimodal proven experience developing highly valued transportation solutions for shipping and logistics customers,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president of Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “His strategic insight and innovative ideas will help this business unit develop and grow as the brokerage marketplace evolves. We are delighted to have him on our team.”

Ellison becomes responsible for the development and execution of business strategy and operations for Con-way Multimodal, which arranges third-party carrier services for over-the-road, intermodal, flatbed, heavy haul and specialized transportation for truckload freight shipments. The company’s reach will extend throughout the United States and into Canada and Mexico.

Prior to joining Con-way Truckload Services, Ellison served in a variety of increasingly responsible leadership roles at Schneider National, Inc. Most recently, he was senior vice president of the Global Client Group, where he directed a team of sales leaders focused on meeting the global supply chain needs of large multinational customers. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of Schneider Transportation Management at Schneider Logistics, Inc. Ellison began his freight transportation career with Schneider National in 1996.

“I look forward to driving the strategic expansion and development of Con-way Multimodal,” said Ellison. “The strength and recognition of the Con-way brand gives us a great foundation. I’m confident that my background and experience, combined with the top-notch team we take to market, will make a difference for the enterprise and our customers.”

Ellison holds a master’s degree in international logistics from Georgia Tech. He received a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College before earning a juris doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Prior to entering the transportation and logistics industry, Ellison practiced law in Minneapolis, Minn.

The name change will become effective upon the receipt of the requisite government approval.