When going through an economic or market crisis, product diversity is often key to helping businesses survive. Such has been the case at
JGB Enterprises — a Liverpool, NY-based distributor of
hoses and accessories to the military, commercial, and
now, retail markets.
Two areas have especially helped the company not
only get by, but continue to succeed during an industrial
recession that has plagued the industrial supply sector
since late 2014 — an emphasis on manufactured hose assemblies and an expansion into retail. Both have enabled
JGB to sustain revenue and overall growth, while many
industrial hose distributors have struggled with the downturn in oil and gas customer markets.
At No. 50 on Industrial Distribution’s 2016 Big 50 List,
JGB’s reputation for its more than $17 million in inven-
tory and product selection is well-established. But right
now, the company is making a major push on the supply
side. JGB has made a multi-million dollar investment into
inventory and capital equipment for manufacturing and
distributing hose assemblies.
The company calls itself “the category king of hose
assembly” and has dedicated 200,000 square feet of
facility space across five buildings in Liverpool to back up
“That’s where we’re going in the future,” says com-
pany president Bob Zywicki. “Even our good competitors
recognize us as being the leader in those hose assemblies.
We’re a master fabricator of hose assemblies and we’ll
continue to enhance our presence there.”
“We’re like a little sprawling campus over a couple
blocks,” Starrantino adds about the hose assembly division.
Today, the company is able to same-day ship hundreds
of hoses of all varieties, including pressure wash, frack,
water suction, large diameter dewatering, liquid propane,
jackhammer and many more. In addition, JGB’s logistics
team and freight partners can make deliveries through-
out the U.S. to most locations within two days.
JGB’s assembly production team works in two shifts
to meet orders that cater to end users in areas such as
Assembly, Retail Expansion Boost Hose Distributor
By Mike Hockett
JGB Enterprises’ executive vice president Steve Starrantino, president Bob Zywicki, CFO Matt DeKay,
purchasing manager Ryan Thurston and national inside sales manager Pete Delvecchio brave a major
March snowstorm aside the company’s sign at its headquarters in Liverpool, NY. (JGB Photo)