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New Jersey Company Acquires Regal Limousine

Lexi Tucker
Posted on December 19, 2018
Jonathan Wilner, president of HLS (photo: HLS)
Jonathan Wilner, president of HLS (photo: HLS)

EDISON, N.J. — A. Harrington Limousine Service (HLS) has acquired Regal Limousine of South Amboy. The deal closed Oct. 31 as an outright company purchse with no broker.

Through this acquisition, Harrington's fleet increased from 42 to 53 vehicles, including Lincoln Town Cars, Chrysler 300s, Chevy Suburbans, Ford minibuses, and vans.

Both companies have been family owned and operated for decades and tout their relationships with and utmost service to their clientele.

“I look forward to providing a new home and an overall elevated experience for Regal’s customers under our safeguard,” HLS President Jonathan Wilner said.

The procurement allows HLS to expand its services, which feature uniformed chauffeurs, a reservations team, 24/7/365 dispatching, worldwide availability, GPS tracking of all vehicles, email and text confirmations, and an online booking portal that enables passengers to create new or modify reservations, receive confirmations, and obtain ride receipts – all in real time. Passengers will also have more access to interact with their chauffeurs and a wider variety of vehicles to choose from.

In 1984, Robert Duffy was set to marry his fiancée, Paula. Instead of reserving a limousine for their wedding day, Robert decided to buy one for himself and his bride-to-be, establishing Regal Limousine Service, which they’ve run for over 30 years. Regal has offered a wide range of services in corporate and leisure transportation to greater Central New Jersey and New York.

“I have seen the industry go from zero to where it is today, and Harrington is going to take it to the next level,” says Robert Duffy, owner and operator of Regal Limousines. Duffy wanted to make sure his clients would be taken care of after his retirement, and will have no role after the acquisition.

Harrington Limousines’ history dates to 1923, when Alex Wilner founded Wilner’s Livery Service, Inc., a blend of personal chauffeur service and funeral livery. Alex’s son, David, joined the family business and they grew Wilner’s Livery Service into New Jersey’s largest funeral livery. Later, Staten Island Funeral Livery was acquired, and in 1974, David bought Harrington Limousine Service (HLS).

Today, HLS is in its 95th year and David’s son, Jonathan, is at the helm of what is now one of the “nation’s oldest chauffeured-driven services” under continuous family ownership. "We saw a company with great potential and great clients we felt could benefit from the additional services we could provide," Wilner says.

For now, Regal will stay uner its current website for a year and then be absorbed into Harrington. The company serves EWR, JFK, LGA, PHL, Teterboro, Morristown, Allaire, and Trenton-Mercer airports.

Source: Press release / Lexi Tucker/LCT

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