Bonded Logistics Celebrates 2018 Family Business Awards Honors

CBJ Carr Family Photo

Bonded Logistics, a privately owned third-party logistics (3PL) provider headquartered in Charlotte, celebrated its Finalist nomination at the Charlotte Business Journal 2018 Family Business Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The 46-year old company, founded and owned by the Carr family, was honored along with 10 other organizations for their contributions to the strength of the region.

“It’s an honor to be selected by the Charlotte Business Journal,” stated Scott Carr, President and CEO of Bonded Logistics. “My father and mother started this company back in 1972, and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come as a family business. I think it’s because we all work so well together, recognize our differences, and stay in our silos to get the work done.”

The third annual event, held at the Ritz Carlton, highlighted businesses founded and run by families that exude excellence, innovation, ethics, and philanthropy. Bonded Logistics was one of three Finalists for the large company category (250+ employees) along with staffing firm Elite Resources and telecom Comporium, the category winner. In attendance from the family was Co-Founder Robin Carr, Scott and his wife Susan, Executive Vice President Barbara Carr Woodall, Project Manager Aaron Carr, Financial Analyst Stephen Woodall, and relatives Vickie Carr and John Warner.

Bonded has been a staple in the Charlotte logistics landscape since 1972 when Founders Jim and Robin Carr purchased Terminal Bonded Warehouse and opened Bonded Distribution out of a 32,000 sq. foot space downtown. Four decades later with second generation owners Scott and Barbara at the helm, the company holds over 2 million sq. ft. in 12 facilities in the region. It employs over 300 people across three divisions and is focused on creating supply chain solutions through a broad range of warehousing, contract packaging, and transportation services.

“This is exciting and humbling for our family,” added Barbara Carr Woodall, Executive Vice President at Bonded Logistics. “It can be hard working together, but we do our own thing and we trust each other. We make sure to keep in mind what’s important – our employees. My parents instilled in us early to appreciate our employees, because if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.”

Asked about advice Scott would give his parents if he could go back in time to when the family business was founded, he had this to say, “We are very employee-centric. It takes a lot of different people to tackle the workload at our facilities. So, it comes down to finding, retaining, and treating employees well. We are a faith-based company, so to us that means practicing the Golden Rule of treating others with dignity and respect.”

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