Crowley Maritime is expanding its reach into the energy and oil market with its acquisition of Jarvis International Freight, a Houston-based freight forwarder.
Jarvis, an export packing and logistics company primarily serving the energy, oilfield and mining industries, will become a Crowley subsidiary and operate from its existing headquarters.
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"Our acquisition of Jarvis is a unique opportunity to extend our logistics services to new industries and geographic areas," said Tom Crowley Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley.
“Jarvis' already strong client relationships and specialized knowledge combined with our experience, facilities and capabilities will prove to be an even greater resource to customers in these industries."
Founded in 1984, Jarvis provides forwarding and logistics services in addition to engineering, procurement, construction support, and project management. Jarvis is also a Customs broker with bonded warehouse capabilities.
Ongoing projects expected to continue under Crowley include U.S. government export packing and freight forwarding of air and ocean shipments; drilling projects in Belize, Brazil and Madagascar; civil construction in Equatorial Guinea; and oilfield work in Algeria.
The acquisition is Crowley’s second in recent months in the logistics arena. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based maritime operator bought a logistics business in Puerto Rico last September.
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