AFF Global Logistics, the Fife-based logistics group that focuses on ocean freight, acquired Alaskan Express this spring.

AFF will absorb the business operations of Alaskan Express, which has roughly two dozen employees at its Sumner headquarters, according to a news release.  The Alaskan Express segment of the business, which primarily forwards domestic freight, will continue to focus on its namesake state with the same personnel and services it currently offers.

“We are excited to welcome the talented Alaskan Express staff to the AFF team,” Craig Forbes, AFF’s vice president of Alaska operations, said in the release. “Alaskan Express has a strong reputation and joining forces was a logical choice that will benefit all of our customers.”

AFF, which specializes in “less-than-container-load freight shipments,” bills itself as the largest American domestic ocean freight company. With the acquisition, Alaskan Express will be able to access the larger operation’s global logistics network from its Alaska market.

“AFF is a great choice of partner, and will allow us to take advantage of the many synergies we share to deliver added value services to the customers of both companies,” Alaskan Express president Pete Schaul said.