How It All Began
Leaving Sicily, Italy for the United States, Carmelo Savarino immigrated to Buffalo, New York in 1913. Savarino began using the extra room in his grocery truck to pick up and deliver goods for other businesses in the Italian section of Buffalo. He quickly became a linchpin for the community’s distribution and hauling needs.
Carmelo Savarino & Sons Trucking was formed in 1948 (CSST): The transition from a grocery store to a trucking company was made easier with the help of Carmelo’s sons. Vincent (the eldest) who returned from World War II and his younger brother, Joseph, started working alongside Carmelo.
In the Early Days
The business grew from modest means. In the beginning, CSST covered Buffalo and Niagara Falls, about a 25-mile radius, with two ‘straight’ trucks. The majority of the business involved shipping general commodities – commercial and industrial freight – to serve the primarily industrial region.
In 1949, as the business expanded, Carmelo decided to change the name to Speed Motor Express (SME). He retired in 1952, leaving the business to Vincent and Joseph. Small as it was with just two drivers, SME was beginning to forge a key relationship with General Motors that would eventually account for a large part of SME’s business. The 1960s were a period of growth as SME diversified its customer base and began handling customers such as El. DuPont, Scott’s Lawn Care, Moore Business Forms, and Sherwin-Williams Paints. In 1969, Joseph’s son and current CEO, Carl Savarino, began working for SME.
In 1972 the company reached beyond Buffalo and Niagara Falls to encompass all of Western New York, including Rochester, Jamestown, and Erie, Pennsylvania.
In the 1980s, the company became more competitive and diversified. They expanded operations into New England, along the East Coast, and south to the Carolinas.
A New Generation
In 1987, with the retirement of both Joseph and Vincent, Carl Savarino takes over as President of SME. SME is officially passed into the hands of the third generation.
How We’ve Grown
In 1994, General Motors was looking for warehousing to support its manufacturing business in Western New York. SME jumped at the opportunity, purchasing a 180,000-square-foot facility. Today warehousing has grown to more than 1,000,000 square feet of warehousing space in two Buffalo locations.
The need to diversify and embrace the globalization of business allowed Carl to rethink the company’s business model. He found that globalization itself offered an opportunity and expanded into domestic and international airfreight. “We had to diversify and change the nature of our business,” Carl explains, “not only nationally, but also internationally and globally.”
As a result, in 2000 the company entered the airfreight business. From there, SME was able to make the natural leap into the international business with international freight forwarding.
In 2005, SME solidified its international business by purchasing a local company called G&W International Freight Forwarding. “That acquisition put us in the global arena,” said Carl. “At that point, we changed our name from Speed Motor Express to Speed Global Services (SGS), which better reflects the type of business we are today.”
What’s in our Future?
Speed Global Services looks to continue expanding its operations around the globe. Today SGS’s strives to continue its success in international freight forwarding, warehousing, U.S. Customs services and North American distribution. SGS focuses on strengthening relationships with current clients, and continue to attract new business while sticking to the core values that began with Carl’s grandfather Carmelo.
We will strive for constant improvement in the company, and ourselves by challenging conventional thinking and embracing technology. We will always move ahead proactively pursuing solutions that deliver improved results.
We will strive to exceed every customer’s expectations.
“Speed Global Services is correctly positioned and located exactly where it should be, right at the transportation hub of North America, exactly where my grandfather started it back in 1913.”
— Carl Savarino, CEO of Speed Global Services
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From Our Customers …
My organization's relationship with Speed Global Services has been great for many years. Speed has proven time and again to be able to get the job done accurately, cost-effectively, and on time -- all while providing world-class customer service.
We have great confidence in the products Speed provides which has allowed us to continue to filter more and more of our business through Speed. Evolving from being our customs broker and FTL partner to the surplus warehouse and most recently a distribution warehouse for two of the largest projects in company history. The team at Speed is top of the line and seems to always find a solution to suit our needs.
Thanks and you are great to work with, you make it much easier than I ever thought it could be. You are the Girl!!!! 🙂
First Continental International (NJ) Inc.
Thank you very much for your confirmation call, Debbie. I LOVE your web-based inventory/release online system … very efficient!
Our driver did an outstanding job! Called every step of the way, was extremely nice and professional.”
Thank you for staying on top of these deliveries … and for the help with the four carton courier delivery Speed did for M&T Bank late last night and after-hours. Wegmans and M&T rely on us to take care of their needs when the need arises … this good service goes a long way to give them the confidence that we will be there when necessary because of a business situation they encounter. Your help here and with the First Niagara BITB deliveries make both of us invaluable partners for these important WNY clients. Thanks for a job well done.
It is my pleasure to let you know how pleased Holistic Blend is with Speed Global. Since we started using your services, we have been thrilled with your customer service, organizational qualities, and quick delivery. We highly recommend your services and look forward to a long and mutually amicable relationship in the future.
Grand River Hardwoods
I have worked with many logistics company throughout my many years in flooring and import/export business, your people are by the far the best and most caring that I have seen to date. Let them know I appreciate their work, thanks.
Wild Eye Designs
Speed Global Services has been a partner with Wild Eye Designs Inc. since 2008. Since partnering with Speed Global Service, or SGS, they continue to accommodate, communicate, and hold themselves accountable to the same standards we set out initially. Speed Global Services provides a full range of expertise in freight forwarding and warehouse logistics. SGS has been accommodating to us on many levels, most specifically in streamlining out the seasonal fluctuation of workload. During our busy seasons, SGS has always been accommodating in ensuring that our standards in shipping are upheld.
Clik-Clik Systems Inc.
Our experience with Speed Global Services has been an asset to the growth of our company. We enjoy the working relationship because they focus on three important elements: ACCURACY, EFFICIENCY, and CUSTOMER SERVICE. It is their customer service that puts us on the same team with the same goals – so that we can focus on product development and sales … while they do the rest! So glad we were introduced to Speed Global Services.
Victor Insulators, Inc.
I would like to take the time to thank everyone at Speed for helping us with our most recent shipping challenge. The shipment delivering to Turkey, TX (Yes I SAID TURKEY) is listed as a penalty job. Throughout the process of manufacturing the product for this purchase order, it was never once mentioned to me that penalties would be assessed for every day that this material was late. Not only did the staff at Speed ensure Victor that the material would be delivered on time and save Victor from lost revenue, they found a way to help us on a second shipment by consolidating and delivering to over five hundred miles from the first stop. It only took the Speed Global Team about an hour to come up with a resolution for Victor. I will not mention the exact savings that were generated, but I can tell you that it had a considerable positive impact on both of these projects. I can’t thank Speed Global enough for handling this and many other logistical challenges that our customers seem to continuously task us with. It does not go unnoticed. Thank you!