JBS 2016 Year in Review

So many accomplishments and changes highlight the year 2016 that will go down as one of the top 3 in JBS’ 30 year history (The other 2 are 1986 when Sam & I founded the company and 2012 when we moved into Naperville from Glendale Heights).

Celebrating our 30th year in business, our newly formed social committee (Elvia, Steve, Emilie, Kathy, Joe, Lucy and Penny) was responsible for organizing 2 main functions:  The first was to celebrate our actual anniversary date of June 1st with a company-wide luncheon and picture taking (Christmas card).  We actually closed down our operations for a couple hours that day (1st time ever) to make sure everyone was able to celebrate together.

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The second main function was our year end Christmas Dinner Party at Eaglebrook Resort.  A heavy snowstorm didn’t dampen our celebration as many of the party-goers took advantage of available hotel rooms and partied well into the night.

2016 was a challenging year for our business as well.  We needed to replace a couple good warehouse customers who had moved their operations out of the Chicago area. Combined with a sluggish economy, our usual annual growth was going to be difficult. We needed to refocus our business strategy and look for an alternative to expand.  That is when the opportunity of combining operations with Koch Logistics presented itself.  For the later part of the year, I was focused on due diligence merger planning while Sam recovered from his surgery. It was a bittersweet moment when we finalized the strategic partnership in November.

After 30 years JBS now has a new partner; Koch Logistics a division of Stan Koch Trucking of Minneapolis. The new JBS will allow both companies to share best practices and resources that enhance mutual success.

I anticipate an exciting transitional year in 2017. We have plans to:

  • Update our brokerage TMS program
  • Expand our local cartage operation
  • Acquire long term warehousing opportunities that would mean acquiring more space!

With our continued enthusiasm and teamwork, I look forward to the next 30 years!

To all of our employees, vendors, and customers, we say Thank You for your hard work, dedication, and loyalty and hope that the New Year brings you many blessings and good cheer!

Alec A Gizzi

JBS Logistics & Warehousing, Inc

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Press Release

Koch Logistics, an operating division of Stan Koch and Sons Trucking, Inc. is excited to announce that it has purchased JBS Logistics and its affiliated companies as of December 1, 2016.

Founded in 1978 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Koch and its operating companies and divisions provide a variety of transportation services including over the road long-haul trucking, local cartage services, dedicated fleet services, tractor and trailer leasing services and warehousing. Koch Logistics provides full service third-party logistics services including truckload, partial truckload, LTL, expedited, small package and international NVO services.

JBS Logistics and its affiliated companies are based in Naperville, IL and have been in business for over 30 years. JBS is a full service logistics provider with services that include warehouse storage and fulfillment, local cartage, as well as nationwide truckload and partial truckload delivery.

The new entity “JBS Logistics and Warehousing, Inc.” will be managed by one of the previous owners and President of JBS, Alec Gizzi. Mr. Gizzi commented “Sam DiMaio, the other previous shareholder of JBS, and I determined that JBS had reached a point that necessitated partnering with a larger entity to ensure our growth for the next 30 years. Koch’s culture and core values are the same as ours and we felt they were an excellent choice to partner with. I am excited for the growth opportunities that exist for JBS Logistics and Warehousing, Inc. and our dedicated employees”

Jeff Faust of Koch Logistics commented “Alec and Sam have built a very successful operation that we believe is an excellent addition to the portfolio of companies which Koch operates. We are very excited to have them join us and look forward to the continued success and growth of the new JBS Logistics and Warehousing, Inc.”.

Any questions related to above should be directed to Alec Gizzi, Executive Vice President of JBS Logistics and Warehousing Inc. at 630-672-7540 or Jeff Faust, Vice President and General Manager of Koch Logistics at 651-999-8512.

TURNING THE PAGE

Exactly 30 1/2 years ago today on June 1, 1986, Sam & I first opened the doors of JBS (then called JBS Warehousing and Distribution).  We were excited but scared. We immediately found ourselves in debt (each of us with a $10,000 home equity loan) to fund the first few months.  Maybe we were too young (some would say stupid) to realize the path of hard work and sleepless nights we had in front of us, but for the next 366 months we made it work.  It included pouring profits back and increasing our debt so the company could hire great people, purchase new trucks/trailers, invest in IT systems, and buy warehouse equipment which were all required to ensure growth.  I can honestly say we made it work.  We have built successful relationships with great customers and good vendors based on a solid foundation of honesty, integrity, and good old-fashion hard work.

This morning we (JBS) turn the page onto a new chapter.  With it comes the same feelings of excitement I had back in June of ’86 when Sam & I started the new business, but this time I am not so scared.  It is because this time I have many people who will be helping from the beginning and we already have a solid foundation of customers and vendors. And although no one will ever replace Sam who is the best partner anyone could ever hope for, JBS will be able to combine our opportunities with the resources of our new partner Koch Logistics.  A Koch/JBS partnership will provide the solutions required to compete in today’s rapidly changing transportation industry.  Together we will be able to grow our warehouse operations as more and more companies look to outsource their supply-chain distribution.  Together we will continue to grow as a team.

December 1, 2016:  Excited – yes.  Scared – not so much this time.

Alec A. Gizzi, CTB