Our Story

Our history began in July 1956 when Portuguese immigrant Julio Simões founded Transportadora Julio Simões Ltda. (currently JSL) by acquiring his first truck to transport produce from the city of Mogi das Cruzes to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, he started to provide transportation services to the pulp and paper industry. In 1970, the Company made its first acquisition, Transcofer, a company that was three times larger, and in 1972, JSL already had a fleet of 42 trucks. With hard work and dedication, the financial institutions’ trust and committed professionals focused on delighting clients, the Company experienced a major growth cycle throughout the 1970s.

In 1981, 14-year old Fernando Antônio Simões, Mr. Simões’ youngest son, began to serve at JSL. He worked in several areas, and in 1986, became Chief Operating Officer. Two years later, he took over the Company’s commercial area. In the late 1980s, the Group started its diversification process by providing light vehicle leasing and bus charter services for the transportation of employees. With credibility, an excellent delivery track record and focus on the clients’ needs, JSL was able to take advantage of the great industry outsourcing cycle.

In the early 1990s, Fernando was managing the Company together with his father and continued the business diversification process in order to create more value for clients, building loyalty, differentiating the Company from its competitors and reducing client concentration and the Company’s dependence on specific activities and segments.

After the turn of the millennium, the Company expanded its services, adding forestry operations and cargo handling within its clients’ industrial units. All these changes enabled JSL to become the market leader in its segment in 2001, a position it has maintained ever since. In 2006, the Julio Simões Institute was established to undertake and improve all social initiatives that used to be developed by our founder and his wife for the benefit of the communities where we operate.

In 2010, in order to strengthen the Company’s governance, solidity and differentiation, we held the IPO in the Novo Mercado segment, B3’s highest corporate governance level. This milestone was part of the Company’s strategic plan and was aimed at raising more funds to support its business growth cycle, help the Company continue as a going concern and increase the confidence of the clients that entrust the execution of strategic activities to the Company.

In July 2011, JSL acquired Rodoviário Schio, the largest temperature-controlled food transportation and storage company in Brazil, expanding its portfolio of logistics services.

In July 2020, SIMPAR replaced JSL as the holding company, consolidating the equity interests and the corporate team in order to direct, monitor and control the subsidiaries’ business plans, develop new businesses and operating segments and ensure the alignment of the values, culture and management model.

In August 2020, JSL acquired 75% of the shares issued by Fadel. It was established in 2001 and is among the 20 largest companies in the sectors of beverage, food, consumer goods and e-commerce in Brazil.

Also in August, JSL also acquired 100% of Transmoreno. The company was established in 1978 and engages in car carrier transportation and automotive logistics services, with two major car dealerships in its client portfolio.

Both acquisitions are subject to the usual approval processes for this type of transaction. As a result, JSL is now more diversified and consolidated its position as the largest and most integrated logistics services platform in Brazil, with a comprehensive portfolio of relevant clients, recognized expertise in management, an excellent delivery track record, synergies and cross-selling.

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