Magnate Worldwide Acquires Hybrid International Forwarding, Expanding its Masterpiece International Footprint

January 7, 2021

(Portland, OR) – Magnate Worldwide is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hybrid International Forwarding, a strategic addition to Masterpiece International. The acquisition expands its existing presence in Atlanta, a critical U.S. gateway market, and enhances its service capabilities.

Magnate Worldwide continues to execute on strategic growth plans, even in challenging times. “Hybrid is a leading logistics firm known for its commitment to customers and unique commercial approach to the marketplace. This acquisition fits our strategy perfectly and is an ideal complement to Masterpiece International,” said Magnate’s CEO, Dante Fornari.

New opportunities

Hybrid International Forwarding distinguishes itself by functioning as an extension of its clients’ supply chains by utilizing their large global network with excellent local service and a personal touch.

“Hybrid’s strength in ocean import services will augment our service capabilities in a meaningful way. Combining strong leadership with a great cultural fit, this acquisition will complement Masterpiece’s operational and commercial capabilities,” said Thomas Gilgen, President of Masterpiece International.

Hybrid Founder, Andy Heller, said his team is excited to head into a bright future with Masterpiece, and looks forward to continuing the tradition of differentiated service to customers as part of Masterpiece International. “Masterpiece’s resources and reputation make it a perfect home for Hybrid’s team. We are excited to become part of Masterpiece and add our unique skills to the foundation they’ve been building over the years,” he added.

Hybrid’s office in Atlanta will become the next Masterpiece network location, expanding its Atlanta presence, with access to the world’s busiest airport in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, and increasingly more important Savannah and Charleston ports.

Magnate continues to look for companies that operate in the international freight forwarding and North American premium transportation markets. For more information on Magnate’s family of companies and acquisition criteria, please visit

About Hybrid

Hybrid provides non-asset freight forwarding services to customers across all four time zones of the continental U.S. The company provides a variety of freight transportation and forwarding services including air, ocean, and ground solutions, and has a pronounced strength in ocean imports to the U.S.

About Masterpiece International

Masterpiece International provides customs brokerage and international logistics services through offices located in major international shipping hubs throughout the U.S. Masterpiece was founded in 1989 and over the last 25+ years has leveraged its unique expertise with highly complex air, ocean, and ground shipments to develop a full-suite of international logistics services for a broad range of industries, providing each customer with the same level of service that it continues to provide to its fine arts customers. For more information, please visit

About Imperative Logistics Group
Imperative Logistics Group is a diversified supply chain management company, comprised of a unique portfolio of complementary, premium logistics services focused on Mission Critical Domestic, Fine Arts, and Global Forwarding. For more information on Imperative Logistic Group’s business segments and acquisition criteria, please visit

Magnate Worldwide Contact
Becky Wheeler


Magnate Worldwide Acquires Cargo Logistics Group

Magnate Worldwide Acquires Cargo Logistics Group

Magnate Worldwide is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cargo Logistics Group, a leading custom logistics service provider. CLG will become part of Masterpiece International and expand its footprint, adding a direct presence in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.

read more
Magnate Worldwide Acquires Atlantic-Pacific Express

Magnate Worldwide Acquires Atlantic-Pacific Express

Magnate Worldwide is pleased to announce the acquisition of Atlantic-Pacific Express, a leading mission-critical logistics service provider, based in Columbia, South Carolina. Atlantic-Pacific’s presence in the Southeast region, industry expertise, and service capabilities enhance Magnate’s existing offering through our ASAP Expediting solutions.

read more
Littlejohn & Co. Becomes Magnate Worldwide’s Majority Shareholder

Littlejohn & Co. Becomes Magnate Worldwide’s Majority Shareholder

Magnate Worldwide is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by Littlejohn & Co., a private equity investor with a long track record of successfully building value in middle market companies. Magnate and its business segments will continue to be led by the same senior management team and this transition will be seamless to employees, customers, and vendors.

read more

Protecting Our Planet

Our People