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Jan-Al Cases


Celebrating a Milestone: Having survived the deep economic downturn associated with the pandemic as well as a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery these past years, Jan Alejandro is grateful that he and his wife and business partner Muffie Alejandro are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their groundbreaking company Jan-Al Cases this year with great optimism about the future. In addition to providing durable, state of the art products for the music, aerospace, sports and medical industries, among many others, the owners of the one stop custom touring case, racks and design company have been recognized for their expertise and commitment to reducing the environmental footprint and their community involvement through charity work. They are also industry leaders in ATA 300 Cat I case design. The Alejandros met in Northern California where they ran a high-profile rehearsal studio. Jan, a veteran roadie for Jackson Browne, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Blondie and others, had worked in the instrument rental business with Muffie, who also worked for a prominent music manager and various record companies. Jan-Al Cases started humbly in their Silverlake garage before taking off after a move to the City of Commerce. Their manufacturing is currently based in a 10,000 square foot facility in East L.A. 

Serving Superstars, Indie Artists, Symphonies and More: In great demand over the years with superstar artists touring the globe and working musicians getting to their next club gig, the company has received numerous accolades for its stellar customer service and the manufacturing of durable, protective and long-lasting ATA touring cases for wardrobe, backline, racks, production, video screens, lighting and rigging, pro audio and tour supplies. In addition to classic artists like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Santana and Paul McCartney, their post-COVID clientele includes Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber. Their cases are also used by the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic and the Chicago, Houston, Dallas and San Diego Symphonies. Jan-Al has also developed sound isolation cases and special insulated radiant barrier cases that many symphonies are using to protect expensive instruments from extreme heat and cold conditions. Muffie’s current pet project is developing a more affordable line of cases for touring independent musicians on a budget.

A Family Business and Legacy: Despite Jan-Al’s enduring impact in various industries, Jan often refers to the company as an “independent mom and pop” independent contractor service. Most importantly, it is a family owned and run business that includes Alejandros’ adult son, Erich and daughter, Arlene. Jan and Muffie also consider their 30 loyal employees like a second family and are proud of the way their years with Jan-Al have helped them achieve the American dream. “Muffie and I are children of immigrant parents from Germany and the Philippines,” he says. “We’ve been able to make a good living, creating products with the help of many employees who have come from other countries, become U.S. citizens, bought houses and raised families with kids who have gone to good colleges and now have great jobs themselves. That’s as much a part of our legacy as being appreciated by people who use our products in the music world and other industries.”

Contact Jan-Al Cases 323-260-7212