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Central Freight Lines, Inc received the highest transportation safety award in the United States, the President’s Trophy for 2008. This award was presented to Central Freight Lines by the American Trucking Associations, Inc. Central Freight has received this award a total of fives times in the last 25 years.
Susan Chandler, Executive Director of Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council of ATA, indicated that Central was “… judged most outstanding on the basis of its safety record, programs and community outreach activities.”
The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Institute’s 2009 Private Fleet Management Institute in is a five-day intensive educational program offering courses on Fleet Finance, Operations, Legal, Regulatory and Safety Compliance, Human Resources, Maintenance and Equipment. This program will take place during the dates of January 17-21, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information and to register please call 703-683-1300 or visit NPTC’s website at www.nptc.org.
Express deliver services, DHL plans to discontinue its U.S. ground service, which will eliminate 9,500 jobs by early next year. DHL plans to concentrate on international shipping.
Steve W. Shelton, currently vice president of supply, planning, and sourcing at Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC, will take on a new role of a newly established department to be known as Logistics Supply Chain Management as of January 1, 2009. The new department will be a part of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.
Grainger, a leading U.S. industrial distributor, recently promoted Michael A. Pulick, to President of Customer Service, replacing Y.C. Chen, who will retire, but continue working in a special advisory role with the company. “Mike has a broad background in supply chain and customer service and a strong track record of success in our business,” “He was responsible for starting our product line expansion program in 2006 and has done an outstanding job leading our branch and customer service organization to new standards of customer satisfaction.” said Grainger President and Chief Executive Officer James T. Ryan
At the same time, D.G. Macpherson has been promoted to Senior Vice President of global supply chain. Ryan added, “D.G. has a broad background in production systems and continuous improvement. His contribution has already been felt in the United States, and as we continue to build out our supply chain internationally, having all of the distribution and sourcing operations working together will give us broader perspective and allow us to leverage our scale advantages.”
Tenneco, a US-based manufacturer of automotive emission control and ride control systems, recently hired Michael Charlton as its new vice president of global supply chain management and manufacturing. He will be replacing Alain Michaelis, who is leaving to take a position with Rolls Royce.
Greg Sherrill, Tenneco’s chairman and CEO said: “I am pleased to appoint Mike to this role given his extensive background in manufacturing and global purchasing experience. I look forward to his leadership in executing on our operational excellence and strategic growth plans.”
Hal Miller III has been appointed executive-vice president and Steven Tapscott has been named vice-president of sales and marketing at Transporters Inc., based out of Jackson, Mississippi.
Famous Dave’s of America, Inc., the franchised barbeque chain, recently hired Jeffrey Abramson as Vice President of Procurement and Logistics. Abramson joins Famous Dave’s with almost 20 years of experience in purchasing and supply chain management and has spent the last seven years as Vice President of Purchasing for BUCA, Inc. in Minneapolis.
“Jeff Abramson is a demonstrated ‘difference maker’ in the restaurant industry, and Famous Dave’s looks forward to drawing on his vast experience and his reputation for excellence in vendor relations,” said Christopher O’Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave’s.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies recently named David Beaver as their new senior vice president of worldwide supply chain management and chief procurement officer. Prior to joining Hitachi, Beaver worked for Seagate Technology where he served as the senior vice president of supply chain management. Beaver will work at Hitachi’s headquarters, located in San Jose, California.
“We are pleased to have David join the Hitachi executive team,” said Hiroaki Nakanishi, CEO if Hitachi GST. “His proven industry expertise will accelerate our business turnaround efforts as we focus on further streamlining our worldwide supply chain operations.”
Averitt Express, a logistics and supply chain provider, has teamed-up with Shoe Carnival. Based out of Evansville, Indiana, Shoe Carnival with use Averitt to move all of it’s shipments from its distribution center to over 300 stores nationwide.
“Averitt’s drivers are an extension of our team here at our distribution center,” said Shoe Carnival traffic manager Richard Hyland. “We were looking for someone who could help us go from the 300 or so stores we have now, to more than 700 in the future,” Hyland said. “We feel that with this relationship, we can experience long-term growth together.”
Jerry Devilbiss was recently hired byDayton Freight Lines Inc. to serve as account manager at its Dayton Service Center. Brian Spriggs will serve as their transportation coordinator in Central Dispatch at the corporate headquartersin Dayton, Ohio.
Scott Boyer has been appointed Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PLS Logistics Services. Boyer has over 15 years of experience in transportation and logistics sales. He has held previous roles at Caterpillar Logistics, Cendian Chemical Logistics, and Penske Logistics.
John Gallardo, PLS’ President and CEO stated, “We are very excited to have Scott as part of the PLS team. Scott has a proven track record of success at leading sales teams to meet and exceed business development objectives. Scott’s extensive experience with industrial clients and his role in helping implement logistics solutions for a wide array of clients should prove invaluable as PLS Logistics Services continues to aggressively expand its service and client portfolio.”
“I am excited to be joining the PLS organization,” Mr. Boyer notes. “I have been impressed by the strong service culture, industry leading reputation and strong track record of growth. I look forward to working with the senior leadership to further expand PLS’s role in the dynamic third party logistics industry in the years ahead.”
YRC Logistics laid off about 50 employees in St. Louis and about 150 in Edwardsville, Ill., as part of a change in service providers by one of its clients.
YRC Logistics COO John Carr said Monday that another service provider has offered jobs to all the laid-off employees. He declined to disclose the identities of the YRC Logistics customer and the other service provider.
Carr said this is a standard outsourcing arrangement when a change occurs in outsourcing partners.
YRC Worldwide has struggled since last year, reporting losses and laying off workers as it faces a slow economy and tries to speed up integration of two subsidiary trucking companies
YRC Worldwide will close a revenue management center in Topeka, Kansas and transfer more than half its 86 employees to its Overland Park headquarters.
The Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY will host the National Tank Truck Carriers Maintenance Seminar and Equipment Show from October 27-29. More information is available at tanktruck.org, or telephone 703-838-1960.
Stater Bros. Markets recently opened a new Refrigerated Distribution Center in San Bernardino, California. The new center is a 2.1 million-square-foot facility with temperature zones that range from 55 degrees F to –20 degrees F, a humidity-controlled produce room, two humidity-controlled floral rooms, energy-efficient air doors, and other technologies to contribute to a safe and productive operation.
OHL will expand its operations in Plainfield, Indiana, creating up to 120 new jobs as well as new training opportunities for its central Indiana workforce. OHL, one of the largest third-party logistics providers in the world, will invest more than $11.3 million at its 3.2 million square-foot Plainfield campus, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
“OHL joins the long list of companies such as FedEx, Ryder and Amazon.com that have found Indiana’s logistics infrastructure and workforce to be among the best in the nation,” said Governor Mitch Daniels.
OHL’s decision to expand in Indianapolis adds to Indiana’s growing transportation and logistics industry. Indiana is the fifth busiest state for commercial freight traffic in the U.S. with over 4,000 miles of mainline rail track and 11,000 highway miles.
The Warehouse Management Solutions Company 2009 Award by the European Institute of Transport Management has been awarded to HighJump Software.
“HighJump came to the attention of the Award’s Committee as a result of several recommendations from end-users who are members of the Institute,” said Patrick Sheedy, Media & PR Director, Institute of Transport Management. “It was not only the product, but the very high levels of satisfaction shown by these customers, and the company’s willingness and ability to grow that has suitably impressed the awards committee. By providing such easy to implement, flexible and functionally rich software solutions - on leading edge platforms and architecture, HighJump Software ensures the efficient control and optimization of the supply chain - with greater flexibility of choice.”
“HighJump Software is honored to receive this award,” said Timothy Campbell, President and CEO, HighJump Software. “The award is a testament to our high levels of customer satisfaction in the European market and underscores our strategic commitment to the region.”