Logistics Solutions, Inc.

Our humble beginnings date back to 1914 when a Columbus, Ohio entrepreneur, John Orestes Brown, bought into the Mackey Drayage Co. Although the first semi-truck was invented 16 years before, it was not yet widely available on a commercial basis, so the firm moved goods from the railroad station to stores in downtown Columbus in horse-drawn wagons. Soon, business was booming for the Brown-Mackey Transfer Co. and one of its first jobs involved moving an entire rail carload of bagged peanuts for a charge of $25.86. Although that seems small by today's standards, the hourly wage at the time was only thirty-five cents an hour!

Since that time, we have remained true to our entrepreneurial heritage, spirit of 
innovation and deep commitment to the success of our clients and employees.  This has served us well for more than one hundred years and will continue to be the hallmark of our success into the next century and beyond.

A pioneer in the industry in 1914 and an industry leader today

Call us today for a free consultation at 614.866.9111

John Orestes Brown bought into the Mackey Drayage Co. and the Brown-Mackey Transfer Co. was born.

Mr. Brown's son 
became the sole 
owner and renamed
the firm Brown Van & Storage Company.


Mr. Brown's brother and Mr. B.F. Newlun joined the company and renamed it the Brown/ Newlun Transfer Co.

Mr. Brown and his son became equal partners 
and began specializing in delivering household goods.


​Ed Brown and Charles Hunt became sole owners. Charles' sons, Rob and Keith, began shifting Brown's focus to high- value products.


Mr. Brown's grandson, Ed, joined the company which became an agent for National Van Lines and later for North American Van Lines.

Rob Hunt incorporated In Motion Promotion to tap into the growing demand for mobile event marketing solutions. In addition, Charles Hunt bought out Ed Brown.


Brown enters the mobile event marketing industry by driving a showcase trailer for ABB to every paper mill in North America for two years. 


The company was renamed Brown Logistics Solutions, Inc.

Lifestyle Transitions Solutions was officially
launched to serve the unique downsizing and moving needs of empty nesters and seniors. 

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According to statistics, only three percent of all family businesses still operate at the fourth generation and beyond.  Since 1914, Brown has been under the ownership of just two families for six generations. 
2017 Brown Logistics Solutions, Inc.

1370 Research Road
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Phone: 614.866.9111