Company: JGB Enterprises Inc.
CEO (and founder): Jay G. Bernhardt
Headcount (as of early April): 240
Average Employee Age: 41
Total Warehouse Sq. Ft.: 260,000
“Customers are really pleased that we’re going the extra
mile to manage their products and be there as a solution if
something is due for inspection,” Starrantino says.
Adding its Williston branch in 2014 and Houston
branch in Q3 2016, JGB’s physical presence now extends
more than halfway across the country. Besides its Liverpool headquarters just north of Syracuse, the company’s
other locations are in Buffalo, NY; Charlotte, NC and St.
“For a company our size, we have less branches than
others in the industry,” Zywicki says. “It’s always been our
philosophy to do as much as we can out of corporate,
and then develop strategic branches as necessary. We’re
out there touching the market nationwide from here in
The Williston branch — in the Bakken Shell oil region
— is dependent on the oil and gas market, so oil’s relative
stability over the last 11 months and the U.S. oil rig count
more than doubling since May 2016 bodes well for it. In
Houston, JGB says it’s pleased with results from customers
in construction and new engineered pumping solutions.
The Houston branch also serves as logistic support for the
company as a whole, helping move product from upstate
New York down to southeast Texas.
JGB doesn’t have any immediate plans to expand
further, but is always looking for opportunities.
“Right now I want to keep developing Houston, but my
eyes are always open for a strategic acquisition,” Star-
rantino says. “There’s no solid plans, but I continue to vet
On top of all that, JGB is celebrating its 40-year anni-
versary throughout 2017.
Whether it’s supporting the U.S. military, retailers, contractors or customers who just want a top-notch garden
hose, JGB Enterprises is poised for continued growth as it
enters its fifth decade.
“The future for JGB is bright,” says chief financial
officer Matthew DeKay. “While industrial distribution, in
general, suffered the past few years, JGB never missed
a beat. Our ability to quickly transition from servicing
different markets based on the global environment has
allowed us to consistently outperform our peers.”
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“Our purchasing department
promotes right-shoring, emphasizing
strategic partnerships domestic and
international to ensure competitive
advantages on quality, efficiency
and innovation. A thorough
vetting of prospective suppliers is
a key element. We at JGB visit our
suppliers often, even contracting
third party-origin engineers to
preserve our interests. This is a key
element which most distributors
cannot attest to. These practice have
proven effective, allowing JGB to
navigate the global market with
— Ryan Thurston, JGB Enterprises