Industry Announcements

  • Kollmorgen will exhibit its motion solutions for food and beverage manufacturers in booth B8016 of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), Jan. 26 - 28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Throughout the show, Kollmorgen will demonstrate its AKMH Hygienic Servo Motor and enhancements, including the vented connector option, which allows the motor to equalize pressure through the connector assembly.

    More information here. (December 23, 2015) | permalink
  • I.D. Systems Inc., a provider of wireless solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things, has received an order through its strategic channel partner, Southeast Industrial Equipment Inc. (SIE), to supply its PowerFleet wireless industrial Vehicle Management System (VMS).

    SIE will deploy 175 units of I.D. Systems' next-generation VMS, VAC4, at a multi-building distribution facility in Mexico for a global provider of household appliances. I.D. Systems will remotely host the system and provide service and support over a three-year period. The installation will mark the second deployment of I.D. Systems' PowerFleet solution for the end customer.

    More information here. (December 23, 2015) | permalink
  • QuestaWeb Inc. a provider of web-based, integrated global trade management (GTM) solutions, has opened two satellite offices, one in St. Louis and the other in Mobile, Ala. The expansion reflects the need to support a growing customer base, many of which are situated in Midwestern and Southeastern locations across the United States.

    The St. Louis operation is headed by Eric Dalby, while Brooke Helton manages the Mobile locale.

    More information here. (December 23, 2015) | permalink
  • Innovel Solutions, a subsidiary of Sears, Roebuck & Co., has selected Storage Solutions Inc. to provide reduction management services to its former retail distribution center facilities in Forest Park, Ga.; Groveport, Ohio; and Sparks, Nev. Storage Solutions will be liquidating all identified material handling equipment, pick modules, and inventory racking at each facility. This project will be completed in phases by May of 2016.

    More information here. (December 23, 2015) | permalink
  • Jim Ragland has joined RoadOne IntermodaLogistics as area director, Central Region. Mike Clemons moves into the role of vice president of sales at the company.

    More information here. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • Top executives from three Class 1 railroads will be speaking at the 246th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) on January 13-14, 2016 in Lombard, Ill.

    Speakers from Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and the BNSF are just one facet of the timely and topical agenda MARS has put together for its annual Winter Meeting.

    The program line-up features expert perspectives on the overall North American economy, transportation capacity horizon, rail market, rail equipment and shop capacity, and the 2016 legislative outlook from Washington, D.C.

    More information here. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • ProTrans' Detroit Center (Belleville, Mich.) has moved to the new energy efficient Brownstown Business Center-North facility in Brownstown, Mich. Providing approximately 80,000 square feet, the Energy Star facility features 24 dock doors, generous trailer parking and excellent access to I-75. ProTrans' Detroit offers transportation, warehousing/inventory solutions and ProMex border processing.

    More information here. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • Forte, a Swisslog company, has added Senior Consultant Patrick Murray to its expanding team. Murray is responsible for producing sensible solutions for FORTE customers at every stage of their material handling operations.

    Murray leverages more than 18 years of industry experience in his role at Forte. Previously, he directed manufacturing and distribution strategies for clients such as Turtle Wax, GE Energy Rentals, GE Industrial Systems, Life Fitness, Parrot USA, Wellements LLC, Volta River Authority, and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) - Europe. Murray served as a U.S. Army officer, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University and continued education at the U.S. Army Finance School. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • Forte, a Swisslog company, has added Senior Consultant Kevin Robers to its expanding team.

    Roberts brings more than 35 years of supply chain management design experience to his new role, having served clients such as General Dynamics Corporation, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Honeywell, HP, United Natural Foods Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Verizon Communications and Williams-Sonoma. Roberts' experience and knowledge of automation solutions include high-speed sortation and conveyor networks, automated storage/retrieval systems, integrated software and controls requirements, and directed picking. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering at Northeastern University. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • Forte, a Swisslog company,has added Jim McNerney as a principal sales executive to its leading warehouse automation and warehouse execution software sales team.

    McNerney draws on his 28-plus years of experience in supply chain management, enterprise legacy and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Most recently, he was the principal and co-founder of New Course LLC, a systems integration firm primarily focused on helping companies effectively deploy warehouse management solutions. He was also the principal and co-founder of ESYNC, a supply chain consulting and systems integration company that won numerous industry awards.
    He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • Redwood Logistics, a logistics provider, has partnered with Walgreens, a Redwood Multimodal customer, to organize a drive to collect and donate kits containing personal essentials to the Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS). The LPCS works to help out the homeless around Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    More information here. (December 19, 2015) | permalink
  • Hermes, a provider of end-to-end e-commerce services for fashion and lifestyle brands, is expanding its delivery resources to meet the significant increase in parcel volumes across Europe during the holiday season. Expansions include increased staff and vehicle numbers and Saturday deliveries in certain countries. U.S. retailers targeting European markets this season can leverage BorderGuru, Hermes' cross-border e-commerce solution for retailers that makes it as easy to sell and ship products internationally as domestically. To ensure delivery by Christmas Eve, BorderGuru's U.S. cutoff times are Dec. 17 for deliveries to Europe, Australia, and Canada, and Dec. 16 for deliveries to the rest of the world.

    More information here. (December 18, 2015) | permalink
  • Dayton Freight Lines, Inc., a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announced two managerial promotions. Justin Sharkey has been promoted to Region One special projects manager, and Kevin Kueffner has been promoted to service center manager at the company's Dayton, Ohio, facility. (December 18, 2015) | permalink
  • Caster Concepts Inc. ( has created the first motorized industrial caster.

    The Drive Caster integrates an electric motor with an industrial caster to create a single unit that can be easily added to carts, racks, or just about anything that rolls on casters. With a mere flip of a switch, operators can effortlessly move heavy loads without fear of injury.

    More information here. (December 18, 2015) | permalink
  • Crown Equipment Corp., one of the world's largest material handling companies, announced an enhanced relationship with Universal Technical Institute (UTI), which will augment and facilitate UTI's electrical and hydraulic technical training relevant to material handling equipment technology nationwide. UTI is a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Crown Equipment will be the preferred partner for material handling equipment, such as forklifts, work assist vehicles and pallet trucks, at all 12 UTI campuses across the country.

    More information here. (December 18, 2015) | permalink
  • U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Kuwait will have a chance to connect with home this holiday season thanks to the hundreds of fresh-cut Christmas trees, along with thousands of holiday letters, menorahs, decorations, and gifts that DHL Express will deliver to them from the U.S. For 12 consecutive years, DHL Express has teamed up with the New York community for Operation Holiday Cheer, a program that helps U.S. troops celebrate the holidays while serving abroad. (December 17, 2015) | permalink
  • DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, conducted the third training module of its Corporate Automotive Logistics Academy 4.0 (CALA 4.0) in Detroit, Michigan on Dec. 3, 2015. This was the first time the program was held in the United States, but the second time it was held in the Americas.The modular training program CALA 4.0 is a platform for knowledge transfer and management developed in close cooperation with BVL Campus, the educational branch of the global supply chain experts of BVL International.

    During the previous CALA 4.0 event held in Sao Paulo, 40 attendees were present who shared key learnings and best practices. Another CALA 4.0 module took place last week in Pune, India, and the next training module will be conducted in Germany in the first half of 2016.

    More information here. (December 17, 2015) | permalink
  • Choptank Transport, a third-party logistics company, has started construction on a new 11,000 square-foot expansion of its headquarters in Preston, Md., which will allow them to hire an additional 130 people in the next two years. This is its third expansion at this location within the last decade. The new space will mirror the existing facility, with large open spaces to preserve the collaborative environment that is part of the company culture.

    In addition to the construction, Choptank has acquired 4,000 square feet of additional office space by purchasing another pre-existing building on Main Street in Preston within a few miles of the main offices.

    More information here. (December 17, 2015) | permalink
  • Lista announces its newly revitalized Arlink 8000 modular workstation offering a Definite Positioning System, companion storage, electrostatic control, and more. Updates include:
    • New column trim profile designed to increase internal capacity for wire and utility management and hide unsightly wires and hoses
    • New paint and trim color options
    • High-quality LED overhead lights with exceptional color rendering index
    • New light bracket design creating more headroom over the bench top
    • LED undershelf lights with multiple mounting options

    More information here. (December 17, 2015) | permalink
  • Port Manatee is advancing a trade initiative with Honduras following participation in a strategic Enterprise Florida economic opportunity mission spearheaded by Florida's commerce secretary.

    More information here. (December 17, 2015) | permalink

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