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Arlington, VA (September 7, 2007) — PMMI announces the Packaging Industry Roundtable and Panel Discussion, hosted by PMMI’s Certified Trainer Program, for the Conference at PACK EXPO. The conference session will be at 11:00 a.m. on October 15, 2007 during PACK EXPO Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
During the conference session, panelists will discuss the vital importance of establishing best practices for training. Additionally, they will unveil a Request for Proposal (RFP) template that addresses training needs and communicates how training helps to reduce turn-over, downtime and inefficiency.
Whirpool Corporation shuts down its regional distribution center in Covington. Formerly known as the Maytag Corporation, the distribution center will unite with a facility in Carlisle. “The move, to be completed by Sept. 11, will displace about 80 workers, said Whirlpool spokeswoman Judy Lau.” “Hourly workers are being offered positions at the Sears distribution center under construction in the Covington Industrial Park, Lau said.”
Whirpool purchased the Maytag brand and company back in March 2006.
Key global logistics trends, industry challenges, and best practices related to how businesses are working to deliver greater supply chain speed, agility and reliability, will be discussed at the i2 Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITWO) and IBM Corporation (NYSE:IBM) Thought Leadership Series: Global Logistics, on Friday, Sept. 21 at the IBM Chicago Center. This one-day seminar will also highlight lessons learned from successful transportation management system and network optimization projects .
Driscoll’s category management team names Steve Trede as their new category development manager. Steve has over 25 years experience working in the produce industry with companies such as Del Monte and Desert Glory. Driscoll, a family-owned fresh berry company, works together with other retail companies to provide increased sales and productivity.
Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp, Providence Forge VA, has recognized six of its drivers for achieving one million accident-free miles: JERRY DAVIDSON, JEFF LOGAN, CHUCK MULLENS, PAUL PEYTON, AARON WILLS, and DAN WYFFELS.
David Jones and Terry Whitlock both join Blast-N-Clean of Albuquerque, New Mexico. David Jones was hired to fill the position of chief operating officer and Terry Whitlock as the executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Dairy Farmers of America intends to close its American cheese plant in Corona, CA and move its American cheese business from there and its plant in Zumbrota, MN to Green Bay WI-based Schreiber Foods.
As a result, more than 300 workers will be laid off in Corona, 70 in Minnesota, and 11 at the firm’s Kansas City headquarters. DFA plans to offer assistance for all laid-off employees.
IEC Electronics announced that Stephanie Martin has joined the Company as Vice President, Supply Chain. Ms. Martin brings 16 years of Supply Chain management experience in the contract electronics manufacturing industry to IEC.”We are pleased to add Stephanie to the IEC team,” said W. Barry Gilbert, IEC’s Chairman and CEO.
Lance Wyatt has joined ALTANA Inc, a member of the Nycomed Group, as Senior Director of Contracts and Logistics. Wyatt comes to ALTANA Inc from McKesson. Previously, he was employed by Safeway Stores, Inc. in the finance and category management areas. “Through his work with Fougera Cares, we have come to appreciate Lance’s commitment to the industry and its customers,” said Dave Klaum, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business Operations.
Transplace, one of the leading provider of logistics technology and transportation management services, recently announced its selection of LOG-NET, Inc., a leader in international web-based supply chain visibility and execution solutions, as a technology partner to support its international division. The integration of LOG-NET represents the next step in the evolution of the division. “As we began to develop an international deployment strategy, speed of deployment, international business differences and time to market were all key considerations,” said Roy Cashman, chief operations officer at Transplace.
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. said that it would streamline some field operations in the United States and Canada, invest in its supply chain and realign its work force to improve productivity.The largest bottler of PepsiCo Inc. drinks said it would record a pretax charge of $30 million to $40 million, or 9 cents to 12 cents per share, in the second half of the year for these moves.
Cole McKellar has been named director of new business development, exhibit transportation for Freeman. McKellar comes to Freeman with more than 12 years of business development, sales and marketing experience within transportation logistics, business strategy and supply chain management. He has previously worked with IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, USWeb/marchFIRST, JB Hunt Logistics/Transplace, and Gulf Coast Transport.
Agistix, the leading provider of Logistics Management Automation software, announced the appointment of Dale Carpenter as vice president of logistics. Dale will be responsible for the Agistix Service Center which handles all managed services, including programs such as Inbound Shipment Management Service, and Auction Shipment Management Service, as well as Professional Services. “Agistix is committed to excellence in logistics management,” stated David Fox, president and CEO of Agistix.
Penske Logistics has been selected as the lead logistics provider for Bombardier Transportation’s European operations. Under the agreement, Penske will help standardize and coordinate all European supply chain and logistics processes for Berlin, Germany-based Bombardier Transportation, which manufactures vehicles and equipment for the rail industry. Penske expects to begin providing lead logistics services to Bombardier in early 2008.
It is with great sadness that DSC Logistics has announced the death of James A. McIlrath, founder and chairman of Dry Storage Corporation, now DSC Logistics. Always active in industry and service organizations, McIlrath was a past chairman of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (and recipient of their Distinguished Service Award in 2003), a member of the Board of Directors of the Transportation Data Coordinating Committee in Washington, D.C., a director of the Illinois Association of Merchandise Warehousemen, a member of the International Federation of Public Warehouses Association, a director of the United Methodist Home, a member of the Board of Directors of The First State Bank and Trust of Park Ridge, Illinois, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Palm Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida.
A recent round of hefty fines for violation of U.S. trade laws is now getting the attention of import-export pros. Nearly $200 million in fines will have to be paid by ITT Corp., Chiquita Brands International and Baker Hughes Services International for various violations.
Metro Atlanta strengthened its position as a global logistics powerhouse with a recent announcement that Dick’s Sporting Goods is creating 484 jobs and investing $23 million over the next five years with a 657,200-square-foot distribution center in East Point. The Metro Atlanta Chamber played a significant role in bringing this project to Atlanta. Bob Pertierra, VP of logistics development, worked closely with Georgia Power, the Georgia Dept of Economic Development, and Atlanta Logistics Innovation Council members Bob Robers and Paul Roeser of Staubach.