Crowley, founded in 1892, is a privately-held, U.S.-owned and operated logistics, government, marine and energy solutions company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Services are provided worldwide by four primary business units – Crowley Logistics, Crowley (Government) Solutions, Crowley Shipping and Crowley Fuels.
Crowley was founded when Thomas Crowley — the grandfather of current chairman and CEO Thomas B. Crowley Jr. — purchased an 18-foot Whitehall rowboat to provide transportation of personnel and supplies to and from ships anchored on San Francisco Bay. Expanding geographically and into new lines of business over the years, the company has grown to more than 6,300 employees worldwide with annual revenues of more than $2.5 billion.
Crowley owns, operates and/or manages a fleet of more than 200 vessels, consisting of RO/RO (roll-on-roll-off) vessels, LO/LO (lift-on-lift-off) vessels, articulated tug-barges (ATBs), LNG-powered container/roll-on, roll-off ships (ConRos) and multipurpose tugboats and barges. Land-based facilities and equipment include port terminals, warehouses, tank farms, gas stations, office buildings, trucks, trailers, containers, chassis, cranes and other specialized vehicles.
Crowley Holdings Inc., which serves as a holding company for business lines and subsidiaries, was put in place in 2008. The company is wholly and privately owned by the Crowley family and Crowley employees.