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W.P. Carey & Co. recently purchased four manufacturing facilities from Best Brands Corporation for about $50 million. The facilities are located in Dallas, TX, Colton, CA, Bonner Springs, KS, and Eagan, MN, and each provide manufacturing, warehousing, and refrigerated warehousing functions. “Best Brands has focused on growth in our core product areas—cakes, laminated dough, muffins, and mixes,” said Scott Humphrey, chief executive officer of Best Brands. “The sale-leaseback financing with W. P. Carey was ideal as it allowed us to access the value tied up in a number of our key real estate assets and redeploy that capital in our core business.”
Total Logistics Control, an independent 3PL unit of Supervalu, has named Pete Westermann as their new president. Westermann will replace TLC’s long-serving president Bob Koerner. “I am privileged to be building upon a foundation of both leadership and accomplishment,” said Westermann, “I see a bright future ahead for TLC as we continue to focus our entire enterprise on improving our customers’ bottom lines.” Westermann brings over 20 years of industry leadership experience to this new role.
Reinhart FoodService, based out of La Crosse, Wisconsin plans to acquire Banta Foods, a distributor located in Springfield, Missouri. Banta currently has more than 200 employees and a sales total of $198 million in 2007, while Reinhart’s total sales were $3.087 billion that year.
Ann Lee, a former senior VP of Sonopress, joins Netflix as head of their supply chain development and replication department. “Anna will represent our company’s interests in the complex and dynamic intersection where we come together with studios and replicators,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, to whom Lee reports. “Her experience and technical expertise in the world of physical and digital media will be of great value to Netflix as we continue to drive change in the industry.”
Schneider National Inc. recently received three customer-service awards from Lowe’s Companies. Schneider was honored with the Outstanding Service Team Award, the Electronic Date Interface Award, and with a Silver Service Award for an on-time delivery record of 99.3%.
Central Freight Lines recently recognized Marvin Marshall for 15 years of safe driving. Marshall, who is a resident of Dallas, Texas, received a ring as well as a silver/gold award from the company for his accomplishment. Other drivers were also recognized by Central Freight Lines for achieving 4, 3, 2 and one year(s) of safe and accident free driving. “We’re extremely proud of Marvin and all of our drivers,” Teresa Schneider, Director of the Owner Operator Program, said. “Highway safety is an important issue impacting everyone and we extend a sincere and heartfelt congratulations to our drivers for continuing to make Central Freight Lines ones of the safest carriers in the country. Because we value our drivers and all those concerned, safety is an important focus of our everyday culture and will continue to be.”
Women In Trucking, a non-profit organization, totalling 1,000 members, celebrated its one-year anniversary. The organization was started in March 2007 to encourage employment of women in the trucking industry and to assist in promoting a more female-friendly environment for those already in the male-dominated field.
Hanson Logistics has added four 2008 Kenworth 800 linehaul tractors to its truck fleet. The addition of the new trucks will assist Hanson Logistics in quickly responding to their customer needs for regional moves using company equipment. The company’s Transportation Management Services provides more than 250 refrigerated, rail, and dry carriers.
Cavano Named Supply Chain Pro
CEO Kurt Cavano of TradeCard Inc has been named to the 2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know Listing. This award was presented to Cavano for helping clients build a 21st century supply chain. “The 21st century extended supply chain is enabled by technology, global support and innovative online financial services that allow trade partners to rapidly connect, transact and profit,” said Kurt Cavano, CEO of TradeCard Inc. “Companies that excel in the future will need to manage complex multi-level supply chain networks and control supply chain risk through better visibility and flexibility. TradeCard is a smart network that is already doing just that for more than 20,000 individual users in 45 countries.”
Schneider National Intermodal, based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is consolidating its primary rail providers and will focus moves with BNSF Railway in the West and CSX Intermodal in the East. “Our goal remains consistent: to provide a door-to-door ‘truck like’ experience for our customers,” said Bill Matheson, president of Schneider National Intermodal. “We have made it a priority to take intermodal and make it simple for our customers. In the end, this is going to save our customers significant time and money while increasing reliability.”
DHL has made an agreement with Walgreens to set up retail outlets in the drugstore chain’s stores all over the United States. “DHL Shipping Spots” will be staffed by Walgreens associates at photo counters, where they will weigh, label, and ship packages to domestic or international destinations. According to Walgreens marketing executive George Riedl, “The in-store service has fared well in test markets.” The Walgreens contract will include about 6,500 Walgreen stores by the end of 2008.
Nestle’ Prepared Foods Company will expand its frozen foods manufacturing center in Jonesboro, Arkansas by another 50,000 square feet, at an investment of more than $60 million. A new production line will be installed and a new bakery will be built that will allow pizza production for both Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine brands.
SEKO recently moved to a larger office in San Jaun, Puerto Rico, which is near the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. The office serves the entire island with import and export trade via air and ocean, and provides 20,000 square feet of warehouse space. “New dynamic industry sectors, a strong labor force and new construction have helped to sustain the overall growth of the economy in Puerto Rico. While there has been some economic uncertainty in Puerto Rico recently, we anticipate long-term economic growth to begin shortly, and are well-positioned to play a part in the further expansion of the various industry sectors it serves,” said William Wascher, president and chief executive officer of SEKO, whose global headquarters are situated in Itasca, Ill.
Kamble Company Transportation Services Inc., a full service transportation company, based out of Phoenix, Arizona, plans to move it’s Eastern Divisional office location in Amherst, Virginia to Lynchburg, Virginia. Kamble currently has offices in Arizona, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, California, Florida, and Missouri.
The Kroger Co., plans to transfer its Michigan products to a Delaware, Ohio warehouse facility by the end of March 2008. Kroger is a Cincinnati, Ohio based grocery store chain. The transfer is taking place due to plans to terminate a service agreement with SuperValu ALM Livonia, a Detroit-area warehouse. Its contract with the firm will end in early 2008.
ProBuild Holdings Inc., hired Paul J. Dodge for their new position of senior vice president of supply chain. Dodge was previously the senior vice president of purchasing and supply management at Centex Homes.“Because of ProBuild’s scale, national reach and technology infrastructure, we are uniquely positioned to provide tremendous benefits to both our customers and our vendor partners through efficient supply chain operations,” commented Myrick. “This is a key area of strategic focus for us moving forward. Paul’s leadership, experience and national builder perspective will help us to accomplish the goals we have set in this area of our business. We are delighted to welcome him to the ProBuild team.”