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Choice Logistics Hires Global Leaders; Positioned for Growth

Choice Logistics, the leading provider of enterprise-grade supply-chain solutions, today announced the hiring of seven senior leaders from blue-chip corporations. Each strategic hire was for a different position and each resides in a different global market.

“Over the last 6 months Choice has been aggressively hiring the best supply-chain professionals in the business,” said Michael Katz, CEO of Choice Logistics. “I felt this was newsworthy because these hires dramatically enhance our capabilities and are leading directly to new business opportunities.”

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Planned Executive Changes at OAKLEAF

OAKLEAF, a leading provider of sustainable waste logistics and recycling solutions, has announced that Steve Preston has been named Chief Executive Officer and will take over day-to-day business operations of the company immediately. OAKLEAF founder, Jim Barnes, has assumed his new role as OAKLEAF’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.

OAKLEAF was recently named to this year’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing, privately held companies in America. Preston commented, “I am pleased to be part of such a dynamic, forward-thinking organization. We’re very proud of this recognition of the value we bring to our customers as demonstrated by our growth.”


Mark Jackson Joins ATC as Business Development Director

ATC Logistics & Electronics (ATCLE) has added Mark Jackson as its newest business development director. Mark will focus on identifying and securing new business opportunities throughout California as the company pursues continued growth.

“Expanding our sales focus to California, with its wealth of technology companies, presents a tremendous opportunity for ATCLE, and clearly signals our emphasis on growth in strategic markets,” said Antony Francis, president of ATCLE. “Mark’s exceptional background in supply chain management, honed in both corporate and military environments, gives him tremendous credibility in presenting the value proposition of ATCLE to prospective customers. Having a professional with his expansive skill set on our team is a significant asset to our organization.”


Tempur-Pedic Selects Optiant's PowerChain for Inventory & Supply Chain Optimization

Tempur-Pedic has selected Optiant’s PowerChain inventory and supply chain optimization suite in order to achieve both strategic and tactical goals within its supply chain operations.

“Optiant is proud to work with industry leaders as we deliver multi-echelon inventory optimization and supply chain network design solutions. We respect Tempur-Pedic’s leadership in the consumer products industry and look forward to a great collaborative relationship,” said Fred Lizza, Optiant President and CEO.


OAKLEAF Announces New Chief Sales Officer

OAKLEAF, leading provider of sustainable waste logistics and recycling solutions, recently announced the hiring of John LaMancuso as Chief Sales Officer. LaMancuso has a wealth of executive sales and management experience including a successful tenure with Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP). Most recently he served as Senior Vice President of Sales for the Major Accounts Division in Parsippany, NJ.

“We are excited to have someone with an established track record of success joining our team,” says Jim Barnes, OAKLEAF CEO. “John brings exactly the kind of leadership and determination OAKLEAF was founded upon.”


Unilever Expands to Covington, TN

Unilever will be expanding its plant in Covington, Tennessee during the first quarter of 2010. The consumer product company plans an investment of about $100 million that will create around 275 new jobs.


Kimberly-Clark Acquires I-Flow

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, best known for products like Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, will acquire I-Flow Corporation, a maker of drug delivery systems, for $276 million. The addition of I-Flow’s products will significantly enhance Kimberly-Clark’s health care unit.


Schneider Hosts Carrier Recognition Conference

Schneider Logistics recently hosted its seventh annual Carrier Recognition Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Representatives from over 140 carriers attended this year’s event. The conference’s highlight came when 19 transportation companies were honored with Schneider Logistics’ Carrier of the Year award.

2009 Schneider Logistics Carrier of the Year winners include:

Standard Forwarding Company, Inc. (East Moline, Ill.); AAA Cooper Transportation (Dothan, Ala.); T C & Sons Trucking, LLC (Wolcott, Conn.): Ryan Transportation, Inc. (Livonia, Mich.); JB Hunt Transport, Inc. (Lowell, Ark.); Ottaway Motor Express, LTD (Woodstock, Ontario); Go To Transport, Inc. (Bay City, Mich.); Triple Crown Services Company (Fort Wayne, Ind.); TST Overland Express (Mississauga, Ontario); Pitt Ohio Express (Pittsburgh, Penn.); Vitran (Indianapolis, Ind.); Con-Way Freight Inc. (Ann Arbor, Mich.); Thompson Transportation Services Inc. (Sharpsburg, Ky.); A D Transport Express (Canton, Mich.); Venture Express Inc. (LaVergne, Tenn.); Merchants Forwarding Co. (Melvindale, Mich.); Black Horse Carriers Inc. (Carol Stream, Ill.); Heartland Express (North Liberty, Iowa) and Tom Hassel Transport Inc. (Point Pleasant, N.J.).


BravoSolution Named to Supply & Demand Executive 100

BravoSolution, the international leader in Supply Management software and services, has been named to the annual Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 for its contributions to helping businesses weather the current economic downturn and position for strength in the turnaround.

“With the economic downturn, companies have been forced to look hard at every supply chain decision and make tougher choices,” said Andrew Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “BravoSolution’s track record in helping customers successfully navigate those decisions in supply management demonstrates the kind of innovation and value that is the hallmark of our S&DCE 100.”

“We are honored that Andy and his team recognize BravoSolution and our customers for the bottom-line value delivered every day through strategic supply management,” said Nader Sabbaghian, CEO of BravoSolution. “Our solutions are perfect for this time – when bold steps can strengthen supply chains, reduce costs and ultimately position companies for healthy growth as the global economy improves.”


Penske Logistics Honored with Supplier Excellence Award by Eastman Chemical

Penske Logistics has been announced as a recipient of Eastman Chemical Company’s Supplier Excellence Award for a second consecutive year. Penske Logistics provides Eastman Chemical with supply chain optimization solutions including dedicated contract carriage and inbound freight management.

“We appreciate the formal recognition of our value to Eastman Chemical in receiving the Supplier Excellence Award,” said Vince Hartnett, President of Penske Logistics. “It validates the hard work of our associates working side-by-side with the Eastman team to consistently deliver high-value service to Eastman’s transportation network. Penske continues to post extremely high drayage move performance, low driver turnover and a strong safety record.”


TLC Chosen as Great Supply Chain Partner

SupplyChainBrain’s 7th Annual 100 Great Supply Chain Partners Program is the result of a six-month on-line poll in which supply chain professionals are asked to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.

Brad Berger, Group President & Publisher stated, “In 2009, we received more than 2,700 nominations from small and large companies covering scores of different industries. More than 500 vendors of every conceivable type of supply chain activity were nominated - from very specialized technologies, to a wide range of third-party logistics, transportation and consulting services. The 100 companies that received the most qualified nominations are represented on this year’s list which is published within the July issue of SupplyChainBrain’s magazine and on for the remainder of 2009.”


GM Appoints New Global Supply Chief

General Motors has appointed an executive, Bob Socia from the Shanghai General Motors unit, as its new global supply chief. Socia succeeds Bo Andersson as vice president for global purchasing and supply chain.

Socia’s “diverse experience leading operations in Europe, South Africa and China” prepares him to step into his new role, Chief Executive Officer Fritz Henderson said in a recent statement.


Executives Named CSCMP 2009-2010 Board of Directors

CSCMP Chair, Robert Silverman has named chairs to 2009-2010 board of directors.

Some of those elected were:

Robert B. Silverman, vice president, IT business systems for Tommy Hilfiger USA, Inc., was elected to the office of Chair.

Roger W. Woody, executive lecturer and director supply chain management external development for the School of Business at the University of Kansas, and founding partner of Performance Consultants, LLC, was named to the office of Immediate Past Chair.

Keith Turner, general manager, alumina and bauxite sales for ALCOA, Inc. and a 15-plus year CSCMP member, was elected to the office of Board Chair Elect.

Nancy W. Nix, executive director, EMBA Program and associate professor of supply chain practice at the MJ Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU), was elected to the office of Board Vice-Chair.

Others include Rick Jackson, Remko van Hoek, Chris Moberg, Susan Oaks, Sarah Giffin, and Rick Blasgen.


Penske Closes Albany Plant

Penske Logistics has announced the closing of its plant in Albany. The plant will shut down Dec. 23, and will eliminate 81 jobs. Most of the laid-off workers are truck drivers, while about 10 people are administrative and office workers.

Penske spokesperson Randy Ryerson this morning said the company was forced to close the plant after losing a contract with George Weston Bakeries, for which it had provided delivery services since 1997.


Schneider to Close 2 Operating Centers

Schneider National will close operating centers in Seville, OH and Green Bay, WI on November 17, 2009. The two facilities are the least-utilized within the company’s network of national driver facilities. A total of 105 Green Bay and Seville associate roles will be eliminated due to these closings.

Company support for affected associates includes severance packages, career transition services, and an extended employee assistance program. In addition, Schneider will host job fairs in Seville and Green Bay to introduce affected associates to area employers. Associates will have opportunities to apply for any other available Schneider job openings for which they are qualified.


CityMade Joins ThirstMonger for Expansion

CityMade Inc., a gift packager and logistics firm has planed to expand its logistics business by securing a one-year contract with ThirstMonger to process and fulfill orders made through, a Web site that sells beverages online. As part of the agreement, CityMade will store ThirstMonger products in its Tonawanda warehouse, from which it will process, pack and ship orders to customers. CityMade has similar agreements in place with partners such as Wegmans Food Markets Inc.


Xpedx Names New EVP

Steve Bowden has been named executive vice president of marketing and sales for Xpedx in Loveland. Bowden joined the company in 2006 as vice president of the stores division. He will continue in this role as he assumes responsibility for sales and marketing for the company’s printing, packaging and facility supplies businesses, as well as the company’s national accounts and enterprises solutions divisions.


Shaw Industries Closes Georgia Plant

Shaw Industries, a carpet manufacturer, will close its third plant in Georgia this year, eliminating 430 jobs. This is also the fifth location nationwide to be shuttered in 2009. The company cites declining demand as a result of the housing slump as the reason for the move.


Miller promoted to CEO of ICON-SCM

ICON-SCM recently announced the promotion of J. Spencer Miller to president and CEO. Miller has been with the company since 2002 and combines company knowledge with extensive supply chain industry expertise. In his new role, Miller will be focusing on strategic growth, ongoing customer service excellence and market expansion.

“Spencer has been a strategic asset to ICON-SCM since joining the company,” said Michael Keppler, founder and chairman of ICON-SCM. “His career-long focus on the supply chain industry combined with his deep appreciation and understanding of our customers and employees made him the right choice to help us take ICON-SCM to its next level.”


Illinois Based Firms Appear in Inc. Magazine

Appearing on Inc. magazine’s “5,000 fastest-growing firms” list are Dawson Logistics of Danville, Midwest Underground Technology Inc. of Champaign, Isotech Laboratories of Champaign, Taylor Studios of Rantoul and Hutchcraft Van Service of Urbana.

All five of the listed companies are based in East Central Illinois and have made the list in previous years, with Dawson, Midwest Underground and Hutchcraft appearing in both 2007 and 2008, Isotech surfacing for the first time in 2008 and Taylor returning to the list after a year’s absence.

Dropping off the list this year was Scitec Inc., which recently announced it is moving its warehouse operation in Champaign to Colorado Springs, Colorado.


New Regional Sales Managers at Continental Tire

Mike Leigner has been recently appointed the new regional sales manager at Continental Tire North America for the southern region of the United States in the commercial vehicle tire division. In addition, Scott Pall has taken over as district sales manager for the division’s northern US region, and Adam Willis is the new district sales manager for the division’s Midwest region.