Industry Announcements

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  • Adopting a family through the United Way's 100 Neediest Cases program has been a tradition at Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS) for the last several years. Each year, BHS selects one of the cases to adopt, and depending on the needs of the family selected, the entire BHS staff gives monetary or in-kind donations to support the needy family. This year's donation was $1,200.

    More information here. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • Sean Martschinke, formerly a product manager and marketing assistant for Tornado Industries, has been promoted. He is now the marketing manager at Tornado.

    Tornado is a manufacturer of professional floor care equipment as well as other cleaning tools and products.

    Martschinke, who has been with the company for nearly 10 years, is also a CIMS ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) and a graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • Crown Equipment Corp., one of the world's largest material handling companies, recently extended its legacy of design excellence by winning its 14th GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Honoring the Crown GPC order picker with QuickPick Remote technology, the award program's jury recognized Crown for its dedication to design that challenges traditional thinking. Crown's approach to design focuses on ideas for improving lift truck operator productivity and safety, based on a thorough understanding of the operator-forklift relationship.

    More information here. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • Weber Logistics, a third-party logistics company serving the Western U.S., has appointed logistics industry veteran, Dan Frank, as its new president, responsible for all company activities.

    Frank has held logistics and sales leadership roles for domestic and international companies during a 25-year career in supply chain management. Prior to Weber, he was vice president for Western Region Sales and Operations for OHL International, a large global logistics provider.

    More information here. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • John Kelly has joined Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology solutions, as president of its Canadian division and will report to Transplace President and Chief Commercial Officer George Abernathy.

    See more here. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • FTR's Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for November 2014, at a reading of -3.2, continued to reflect the easing of capacity tightness combined with a significant drop in fuel prices. While capacity conditions improved in 2014Q4, from the critical stage earlier in the year, it is still a negative factor along with rising rates that will continue to impact shippers throughout 2015. With fuel pricing continuing to drop in early 2015, FTR expects the SCI to hit positive territory to start off 2015 before moving lower and then remaining in negative territory indefinitely, barring a recession.

    More information here. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • D.L. Neu has been awarded a contract by Marshall Retail Group (MRG), America's largest independent specialty retailer in the casino resort marketplace, to provide an automated order fulfillment system. The order fulfillment system features a newly engineered "Shuffle Sorter" which automatically routes inbound Put-To-Light totes to the appropriate lanes. It will be implemented at MRG's new distribution center in Las Vegas.

    MRG was challenged with the amount of space available as well as the amount of labor required for their growing operation. MRG worked with D.L. Neu to develop a solution that utilized new space, streamlined flow and reduced travel times.

    More information here. (January 23, 2015) | permalink
  • The German Design Council recently awarded material handling company Crown Equipment its German Design Award 2015 in the "Industry, Materials and Health Care" category in honor of the company's semi-automated QuickPick Remote order-picking system. In doing so, the Council acknowledged the well-designed concept behind the technology that combines a Crown low-level order picker with a remote-control glove. The awards ceremony will take place in Frankfurt am Main in February 2015.

    More information here. (January 21, 2015) | permalink
  • U.S. Venture has promoted Bill Renz to general manager for its newly created U.S. Gain division, which manages the GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) brand. Prior to becoming its own division, GAIN Clean Fuel was managed by U.S. Oil, another corporate division of U.S. Venture.

    In his new role, Renz will continue to focus on U.S. Gain's expansion efforts across North America. He will provide strategic oversight to U.S. Gain's plans to build and operate more than 100 GAIN stations within the next two years and is responsible for overseeing U.S. Gain's sales, operations, and engineering functions.

    Renz has worked for U.S. Venture since 2012 and led their efforts to establish the GAIN Clean Fuel brand.

    More information here. (January 21, 2015) | permalink
  • Elemica, a supply chain operating network provider for the process industries, offers ten top initiatives in the journey of supply chain excellence. The initiatives are listed on Elemica's website.
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  • Unishippers Global Logistics LLC, a small package and freight shipping reseller, announced the names of its 2014 Carrier of the Year Award winners during its annual donvention on Jan. 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

    • The 2014 National LTL Carrier Partner of the Year was presented to YRC Freight
    • The 2014 Multi-Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year was presented to Estes
    • The 2014 Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year was presented to A Duie Pyle
    • The 2014 Strategic Partner of the Year Award was presented to UPS Freight
    • The 2014 Platinum Partner of the Year Award was presented to AAA Cooper
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    • Penske Truck Leasing has added the company's 18th North America truck collision repair center in the Philadelphia suburb of Fairless Hills, Pa. Located at 225 Newbold Rd., it is Penske's second repair center in the Keystone State.

      More information here. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • U.S. Venture Inc. a distributor and marketer of energy, automotive, and lubricant products in North America, has established a separate corporate division for its compressed natural gas (CNG) business. The new division, called U.S. Gain, will encompass all operations related to its expanding CNG network for commercial fleet operators and shippers in North America. The network is marketed under the GAIN Clean Fuel brand which has 39 sites operational or underway with a target of 100 locations in the next two years.

      GAIN Clean Fuel was originally managed within the U.S. Oil division whose principal focus is petroleum and biofuel distribution, trading, and terminal operations.

      More information here. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • CLX Logistics LLC, is now an active partner in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Program. Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Program is a public-private initiative between the EPA, large and small trucking companies, rail carriers, logistics companies, commercial manufacturers, retailers, and other federal and state agencies to improve fuel efficiency and the environmental performance (reduction of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution) of the goods moved through supply chains. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • Barcoding Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide mobility solutions, has added Chase Sowden, supply chain architect, to its team. A Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 20 years of experience, Sowden will help Barcoding create and deliver holistic, end-to-end solutions that add value to clients' supply chains. In this position, he is tasked with analyzing how to improve Barcoding's current and potential clients' operations with a blend of mobile technologies.

      In addition to Sowden, Barcoding has hired Kenneth Robinson as a support specialist. An IT professional with more than 10 years of customer service experience, Robinson will enhance Barcoding's Professional Services Division.

      More information here. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • LLamasoft, a provider of supply chain design solutions, will be broadcasting two webcasts for the first quarter of 2015 to provide insight into the technology and organizational best practices used by global companies to create Supply Chain Design Centers of Excellence

      The first, "Elevating Supply Chain Design from a Project to a Differentiating Business Process" will be hosted by senior vice president of customer success, John Ames at 11 a.m. ET on January 20.

      LLamasoft co-founder and executive vice president, Toby Brzoznowski will host the second, ‚??Agility and Collaboration: Supply Chain Design in the Cloud‚?? at 11:00 a.m. ET on Feb. 24.

      More information here. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • Asendia USA, a provider of international mail and parcel services, has formed a partnership with ShipStation, a web-based shipping software that is built to help online retailers manage, organize, and process their orders, while fulfilling and shipping them quickly and easily.

      More information here. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • Cloverleaf Cold Storage has recently completed upgrades to the rail siding servicing at its Benson, NC, warehouse. This investment dovetails perfectly with the increased interest throughout the industry for additional capacity to handle diverted export traffic due to West Coast port slowdowns. Cloverleaf regularly handles over a quarter of a billion pounds per year of refrigerated rail freight at 15 facilities throughout the central and eastern United States. Cloverleaf's four southeastern warehouses are all rail served and are strategically located to provide access to all of the regions deepwater ports, including Norfolk, Charleston, Wilmington, and Savannah. (January 20, 2015) | permalink
    • Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able Inc. has named Michael (Mike) J. Gardner its new president & CEO.

      Prior to joining Kane, Gardner was chief development officer for Exel Logistics, where he oversaw strategy, mergers and acquisitions, sales, marketing, integrated logistics design, solutions, sustainability, and innovation. Mike has more than 30 years of industry experience with Distribution Centers Inc., GATX Logistics, and APL Logistics.

      More information here. (January 15, 2015) | permalink
    • Material handling company Crown Equipment Corp. recently completed construction of a new office building at its global headquarters in New Bremen, Ohio. The 44,400-square-foot building is located on the site of the historic Boesel Opera House, which was damaged by a fire in February 2012 that destroyed the interior of the building.

      The new facility houses members of the company's marketing, sales, service, and branch operations teams. Crown incorporated a number of features of the original building that were not significantly damaged by the fire, including much of the exterior framework and ceiling beams. The lobby of the new building also features the original floor from an historic New Bremen hotel.

      More information here. (January 15, 2015) | permalink

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