Brett Wood has been named vice president of marketing, product planning and dealer development for Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Wood, who has been with the lift-truck maker for 16 years, most recently served as national product development, strategic planning and marketing services manager. He will now be responsible for all aspects of product and strategic planning, marketing, dealer development and market representation.
Bulldog Technologies, a company that provides wireless security solutions and sensor networks, says that its RoadBOSS GTS and YardBOSS products are ready for deployment in Mexico. As part of the deployment, Bulldog and its Mexican partners successfully integrated their chip-resident software with local wireless carriers, negotiated airtime contracts, and integrated the RoadBOSS messaging service into the reseller's existing Automated Vehicle Locator software and the local geographic mapping engine.
TGW-ERMANCO has opened a new 70,000-square-foot Assembly and Technology Center near company headquarters in Spring Lake, Mich. The new facility will facilitate the assembly of the company's ULC Unit Load Conveyors and will house The Technology Center and The Conveyor Institute, which offer instruction on TGW-ERMANCO's carton and tote and unit load technologies, using actual operating systems for demonstrations.
IBM has acquired Viacore Inc., a company that provides business process solutions for real-time supply chain visibility. The purchase expands IBM's capabilities for supply chain optimization and management services.
Mark Cywilko has been named president of Carrier Transicold, which makes
temperature control units for trucks, trailers and containers. Cywilko succeeds Ted Amyuni, who was recently named president of Carrier's newly created Refrigeration business unit.
ClearOrbit, which supplies real-time supply chain execution and collaboration software solutions, has acquired the assets of privately held eBoomerang Inc. Based in San Jose, Calif., eBoomerang offers a suite of returns management applications that track, manage and process returns in real time from a secure Web-based platform.
Robert Reynolds has been elected chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors' board of directors. Reynolds is chairman/president/CEO of Graybar Electric Co. of St. Louis, Mo. Other newly elected officers include chairman-elect Raymon York of Ewing Irrigation Products, Phoenix, Ariz.; first vice chairman C.S. "Chip" Hornsby of Ferguson Enterprises, Newport News, Va.; second vice chairman Randy Lindberg of United Natural Foods, Yorba Linda, Calif.; secretary Robert Taylor of Do It Best Corp., Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Dirk Van Dongen, the group's president and CEO.
CNF Inc., a $4.2 billion freight transportation and logistics company, will ask its shareholders to approve a name change when they meet this month. If approved, the new name would be Con-way Inc. (CNW would be the new ticker symbol for the company's publicly traded stock). The new corporate identity is designed to bring the company's operations under a single master name. The company is also examining options for bringing its Menlo Worldwide Logistics division under the Con-way corporate brand.
TrenStar Inc., a mobile asset management company, has appointed Edward Flaherty chief financial officer. Flaherty, who brings more than 25 years of management and financial experience to the company, will be responsible for overseeing all of TrenStar's global finance and accounting functions. He will also lead human resources and compliance functions.
SEKO, which provides global freight forwarding and logistics solutions, has appointed Joseph Burger as director of import services. Burger will assume all import compliance responsibilities and will be the corporate license holder based in Chicago.
YRC Regional Transportation has named Steven Gast president and CEO of its subsidiary New Penn Motor Express, based in Lebanon, Pa. Gast, who has been with New Penn since 1997, previously served as vice president of corporate planning and vice president of finance and administration.
The University of Arkansas has named Russell Meller the James M. and Marie Hefley professor of logistics and entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. Meller will also direct the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution, which is supported by the National Science Foundation and consists of eight universities and more than 30 industrial and government members. Prior to this appointment, Meller was a professor at Virginia Tech.