W.J. Byrnes & Co. is proud to announce that it has joined Janel Group, a New York-based global provider of integrated logistics solutions with offices throughout the U.S. In addition to expanding Janel’s footprint with complementary offices, W.J. Byrnes brings the Janel team new industry competencies and veteran leadership. Customers and partners on both sides will benefit from the combined company’s capacities in the short-term, and will find long-term value in its association with a strong and growing global logistics partner.
“Founded in 1907, W.J. Byrnes is proud of its long history of service to customers, staff, industry, government and the international trade community,” said John A. Leitner, President and CEO of W.J. Byrnes. “Our mission has been to provide superior service to our customers and to make a positive contribution to the trade. As a U.S. Delegate to APEC, I have helped Byrnes customers understand and stay ahead of developments in the industry, and I look forward to making an even greater impact going forward. We at Byrnes are excited to join with Janel, whose people, like ours, understand that a personal connection with customers, providers and agencies makes all the difference.”
The Janel and Byrnes teams will collaborate closely on the next chapter of growth. In addition to cultural synergies, the companies will leverage a common operations platform, IT systems and a customer-facing web portal. Company-wide management, administrative support and world-class industry advisors will bolster an expanded set of product offerings and ensure that customers continue to receive best-in- class service and long-term value from the company’s logistics solutions.
W.J. Byrnes will continue to function as an independent business unit headquartered in San Francisco, CA. John Leitner will continue as President, joining Janel Group’s team of senior advisors. The W.J. Byrnes team will be newly empowered to support its existing customers with expanded capacities and to engage new customers at every location its now serves.
Brendan Killackey, President of Janel Group, added, “Founded over 100 years ago, W.J. Byrnes & Co. brings a deep understanding that we are here to serve the customer. The Janel team shares this commitment. Even in an industry fast-evolving in its technological methods, we know that stable value creation lies in solid, long-term relationships with our customers and partners. Janel is building a best-in- class company founded on that principle, and we are pleased to welcome the like-minded folks at Byrnes to continue on that mission together.”