The story of LEMAN
With the beginning of international container transportation in the late 1960’s the possibility to move goods overseas to the US Midwest became reality. Up to this time goods and products were shipped on conventional vessels through the Great Lakes from April to December, when the locks in the St. Lawrence seaway were not frozen. Alternatively, the major East Coast ports were utilized in the winter months causing regularly delays and severe damage to the freight.
With the help of ‘Loom of Denmark’ and their subsidiary ‘Racine Import Company’, Paul Lehmann International Transport System A/S (now LEMAN A/S) started a consolidated container service from Denmark to Racine, Wisconsin servicing a handful of importers in the US Midwest, also known for being home to the largest Danish community in the USA.
As the service evolved and grew, LEMAN bravely decided to establish a wholly owned US subsidiary and the vision of LEMAN USA was born. Today, 50 years later LEMAN USA is a well-recognized international logistics provider and a market leader in consolidated ocean freight from Denmark and the Nordics to the USA.
On June 3rd 1971, Steen Sanderhoff touched down at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to commence a 6 month assignment with the aim of opening LEMAN’s US subsidiary. His mission was to establish the necessary infrastructure to provide quality freight forwarding services and build and enhance the limited services already in place through the partnership with Racine Import Company.
LEMAN USA started its activities by leasing an office space at 3000 Wolfs Street in Racine Wisconsin, which would also become home for Steen. With the support of an additional person, and wearing many hats, the customer base started to grow and the service capabilities expanded continuously.
Ebbe Rostgaard & Steen Sanderhoff