E.I. Kane Inc., a Baltimore-based general trucking and industrial moving firm, announced yesterday that it has purchased International Limousine Service Inc., one of the area's largest limousine companies.
The limousine company, founded 10 years ago by Remi Fogliarino, will operate under its present name as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kane, with Fogliarino remaining as president and general manager.
Eugene I. Kane, president of E. I. Kane, said the purchase is Kane's first venture into the passenger business. He said he decided to get into the limousine business when he became convinced that the "poorest" service was in the Washington-Baltimore area.
"A lot of them are just long black taxicabs," Kane said.
Kane said International Limousine has 22 limousines, which are in the process of major maintenance and renovation, 12 minibuses, some 20-passenger tour buses currently being used for sightseeing, and some 14-passenger buses that are designed for shuttle services for businesses and government.
International Limousines provides 24-hour service with its fleet of late-model luxury sedans and limousines. The company said yesterday it has launched a new "multilingual" service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Uniformed drivers fluent in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Russian, Chinese and English will meet planes 24 hours a day, the firm said.
Kane's other subsidiaries are Office Movers Inc. and Intermodal Transport Inc.