Associated Material Handling Industries, a Carol Stream, Ill.-based distributor of material handling equipment and storage systems, is extending its reach into the Midwest. The company is building a new 30,000-squarefoot office and warehouse facility in the Ameriplex Business Center in Marion County, Ind.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has appointed Douglas Duncan, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight, as its new chairman. He succeeds James Staley, president and CEO of YRC Regional Transportation. ATRI is a non-profit research organization for the trucking industry.
Intelligrated has received a patent for technology incorporated into its IntelliSort sliding shoe sorter. The shoe design on the sorter accommodates either 20- or 30-degree angles. Diverting at a 30-degree angle saves on floor space, as the sorter occupies a smaller footprint. The contacting surface of the shoes also features a unique shape and contours that improve reliability and reduce jams.
Juliet Johansson has been appointed vice president of marketing, Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder System. In this new role, Johansson will be responsible for developing strategies and products for Ryder's largest business segment, which includes a fleet of more than 145,000 vehicles.
ORBIS Corp. has hired Deb Pitman as director of supply chain management, with responsibility for everything from sourcing and scheduling to materials management and customer support. ORBIS supplies plastic material handling containers, pallets and other packaging products.
ABF Freight System has appointed four of its executives as senior vice presidents. Chris Baltz has been named senior vice president of yield management and strategic development. Wes Kemp is senior vice president of operations. Roy Slagle is now senior vice president of sales and marketing, while Judy Reynolds has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Arkansas Best Corp., the parent company to ABF Freight.
FKI Logistex has promoted three senior managers in the company's North American Manufacturing Systems unit. Ken Thouvenot is now the vice president of project management and engineering. Thouvenot, a 10-year veteran of FKI, had been vice president of project management and marketing. Also promoted were Matt Wicks to director of systems engineering, and Brett Felton to the new role of international sales manager.