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Global Trading Resources joins Janel Group

Portland, Ore.-based Global Trading Resources, Inc., an international freight forwarding and customhouse brokerage, has joined Janel Group, a Lynbrook, N.Y.-based global integrated logistics solutions provider.

   Global Trading Resources, Inc. (GTRI) has joined Janel Group, a Lynbrook, N.Y.-based global integrated logistics solutions provider, the companies said in a joint press release.
   Portland, Ore.-based GTRI, which is an international freight forwarding and customhouse brokerage, will continue to function as an independent business unit. GTRI’s headquarters is remaining in Portland, and its current president, Patti Iverson-Summer, will continue on as president and will join Janel Group’s team of senior advisors.
   “I founded Global Trading Resources 24 years ago with a fundamental focus on getting to know our customers intimately so that we could anticipate, rather than simply respond to, their specific business needs,“ Iverson-Summer said. “In the course of growing the business, my mission has always has been to leverage the best resources for the benefit of our customers. In becoming acquainted with the Janel team, I became aware of the synergies in philosophy and culture of the companies, especially with respect to serving customers and attending to the needs of staff. I am excited now to partner with Janel for the long-term growth of our business in our fast-changing industry.”
  Janel Group President Karen Kenney said, “We are thrilled to welcome the GTRI team to the Janel family. Patti and the team are well-known in Portland and beyond for their industry knowledge and commitment to customers. In this respect and others, they are a perfect fit with Janel, and I look forward to the business we will build together.”