A Crowning achievement. Crown Equipment Corp. has received an IDEA Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America for its ST/SX 3000 Stacker Series of electric lift trucks. Crown was one of only 20 companies chosen to receive a Gold Award from a field of nearly 1,700 entries. One of the vehicle's key design features is the X10 handle, which houses the primary controls for lifting, travel, and the horn. The IDEA Awards recognize innovation, design, business applications, and environmental sustainability.
Entrepreneurial spirit. Chris Cole, CEO of Intelligrated, and Jim McCarthy, the company's president and COO, were selected as finalists for the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Manufacturing category. The award honors entrepreneurs for building their companies, their inspiration to others, and their leadership and achievement. Cole and McCarthy were among 31 finalists representing 25 companies.
Continuous improvement. Vascor, a joint venture between APL Logistics and Fujitrans Corp. Japan, has been given a Logistics Improvement Special Award from Hino Motors, one of Japan's largest truck manufacturers. The annual award recognizes kaizengenerated cost improvements. Vascor provides Hino with third-party logistics services, including order management, inbound transportation consolidation, and returnable-container management.
Blame it on Rio. DHL Exel Supply Chain has received Brazil's Volvo Logistics Award, which recognizes logistics companies for providing high levels of service. Recipients are determined by a survey of logistics professionals from 1,000 of Brazil's top companies. The survey was conducted by the Center for Logistics Studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Brazilian technology magazine.
Thought for food. The Food Marketing Institute has recognized Jim Rogers, president and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, with this year's Donald H. McManus Association Executive Award. The award recognizes his leadership in public affairs within the food retailing industry.
Safe at home. The Kentucky Department of Labor has presented Clark Material Handling Co. with the Governor's Safety & Health Award for safety performance at its Aftermarket Parts Distribution Center in Louisville, Ky. The facility's employees have achieved a record of 1,727 consecutive working days without a lost-time accident.
Growing fast. Dawson Logistics, a Danville, Ill.-based provider of customized supply chain logistics services, has been named to Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. The company has experienced a three-year growth rate of more than 700 percent.