MGP Ingredients Inc., received an $8 million dollar settlement after settling a patent-infringement lawsuit against Mars Inc. over ingredients in dog-chew treats. MGP is the United States largest supplier of wheat gluten. MGP sued Mars Inc, a Virginia based candymaker, two years ago for allegedly breaching a 2005 supply agreement for a formula with secret ingredients made by MGP.Mars, said it came up with a new formula for its Greenies dog chews. MGP said the formula wasn’t new, and said Mars used trade secrets and violated its patent for some of the ingredients, according to reporting by Bloomberg.
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Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has appointed Pablo Garcia as its senior vice president, worldwide sales. Based in Spain, Garcia was WFS’s senior vice president, business development, Europe. He previously held senior roles at American Airlines and SFS Spain. WFS handles more than 3.5 million tons of cargo in 107 airports worldwide each year.
Phoenix Industries LLP., which operates a multi-temperature foodgrade storage and distribution firm based in Winter Haven FL was purchased by Atlanticblue Group Inc., a real estate management organization based in Lake Wales FL. The new entity’s name is Phoenix Industries LLC and will include 300,000-square-foot warehouse on 14 acres. “All current Phoenix Industries employees are expected to remain with the company,” said Bruce Bachman, chief executive officer and general manager of Phoenix Industries.
Contract Freighters, a Joplin, Missouri based truckload carrier will be placed under the Con-way brand and known as Con-Way Truckload. Con-way Inc. acquired Contract Freighters last August. Conway, also owns Con-way Freight and Menlo Logistics. All three truckload operations will now operated under the same name.
Evans Oil Co, Monroe LA, has selected Dupre Transport LLC, Lafayette LA, as its logistics provider. This decision will aid in streamlining fuel distribution for approximately 150 retail service stations, including its company owned and operated locations, dealer-owned locations, and independent retail locations.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association named Robert A. Niblock, chairman and chief executive officer of Lowe’s Cos. Inc., their new chairman of its board of directors. Niblock will be taking the place of Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy Inc. Anderson has served as chairman since 2005 and will remain a member of the board. Gregg Steinhafel, president of Target Corp. has been named vice chairman.
Logistics software firm, Descartes Systems Group has purchased Minnesota based RouteView Technologies Inc. for about $3 million. RouteView provides map-based routing software by combining wireless/GPS and automated call-out technology for small and medium sized companies to manage their delivery operations.
American Airlines reports a decline for its cargo in December. American Airlines flew 179.6 million international and domestic system cargo ton-miles in December, down 5.8 percent compared to 190.7 million system cargo ton-miles carried in the same month in 2006. For the full year, American’s system cargo ton-miles declined 4.6 percent to 2.12 billion system cargo ton-miles.
Whirpool plans to open a new distribution center in central Ohio. The 90 acre facility will be operated by Penske Logistics, which will be one of the largest distribution centers in the area. The new development is the product of Whirlpool’s acquisition of Maytag Corp. for $1.8 billion in 2006.
For the third year in a row, Melton Truck Lines was awarded the Logistics Management’s Quest for Quality Award for their exceptional customer service and operational performance. Melton placed first as the number one, on-time performing carrier in the Industrial and Heavy-Haul Carriers category.
R. Steve Kinsey joins Flowers Foods Inc. as their new Chief Financial Officer. Kinsey has been with Flowers since 1989. Jimmy M. Woodward, their former CFO since 2000, stepped down due to “family” reasons. Woodward will still advise the company on financial and related matters.
BNSF Railway Co. presented Short-Line Achievement Awards to Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (owned by The Watco Cos. Inc), Otter Tail Valley Railroad (owned by RailAmerica Inc.), and Portland & Western Railroad (owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.). “These awards recognize the resourcefulness and achievements of three short lines that have gone beyond our expectations through innovation, determination and hard work to build new business for our railroads and new service products for our shared customers,” said BNSF Vice President of Network Development Pete Rickershauser in a prepared statement.
Eagle Global Logistics signed a lease for the Eastgate Distribution Center III in Lebanon, TN, just outside of Nashville. The Eastgate Distribution Center III is a 225,500 square foot warehouse which features 48 loading docks, all with levelators. Eagle Global Logistics, a nationwide provider of supply chain solutions for transportation services, logistics management, and information technology will move into the newly leased facility in November.
A.O. Smith will close its southern Kentucky facility and move production to Mexico because of a weak housing market. The closing of this facility will put more than 200 people out of a job. The facility, which opened in 1974, is used to make motors and parts for heating and air conditioning units. “This was an extremely difficult decision to make given the long history of the Scottsville plant and the dedication of our employees,” said Christopher L. Mapes, president of the company’s electrical products division. “However, the need to aggressively manage costs and address the challenging overcapacity issues we face necessitated this decision.”
Thermo Fisher Scientific attains Priority Solutions International, a third party logistics supplier that was formed in 2005 by Arsenal Capital. Thermo Fisher will incorporate the pharma-focused 3PL company to work in conjunction with its own biopharma services business. “This acquisition brings tremendous logistics expertise and an infrastructure to our existing outsourcing services that strengthens our ability to deliver pharmaceutical supplies,” said Marijn Dekkers, president and CEO of Waltham, Massachusetts based Thermo Fisher Scientific.
TurboTorch hires Paul Mueller as their new Marketing/Product/Sourcing Manager. He will be responsible for managing and developing marketing strategies for new product development, demonstration, and forecasting. TurboTorch, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, markets the most comprehensive line of air-fuel and oxy-fuel products and accessories of any manufacturer. TurboTorch specializes in torches and tips for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning professional worldwide.
Waste Industries USA Inc., out of Raleigh, N.C., reported a net income of $6.1 million on revenues of $86.1 million for second quarter 2007. Throughout the same period in 2006, the firm recorded a net income of $6.7 million on $82.6 million. For the six months of 2007, Waste Industries has a net income of $11.7 million on revenues of $167.4 million. During the first half of last year, the company posted a net income of $10.2 million on $161.7 in revenue.
“We are very pleased with our operating and financial results for the second quarter and year-to-date 2007,” said Jim Perry, president and CEO of Waste Industries, in a press release. “These results reflect our continued emphasis on strengthening routes in desired markets and our ability to reduce our disposal costs by internalizing more of our waste stream into our landfills.”
James W. LaRue joins Presstek, Inc. as their new vice president of worldwide manufacturing and supply chain. “Jim brings a history of operational excellence and seamless ERP implementations to Presstek,” said Jeff Jacobson, Presstek president and chief executive officer. “Jim’s considerable industry expertise with developing successful global supply chain and inventory control strategies will be an invaluable asset to Presstek as we continue to expand our presence internationally and deliver customer-focused solutions for the changing global demands of the graphic communications market.”Presstek, Inc. is a top performing manufacturer and marketer of high tech digital imaging solutions to the graphic arts and laser imaging markets.
Career publisher Vault Inc. (www.Vault.com) has just released its guide to the nation’s top consulting employers, and McKinsey & Company ranks first overall in prestige. This is McKinsey’s seventh consecutive year in the top spot.