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Pense Introduces New Corporate Blog

Penske Truck Leasing has introduced a new corporate blog called “Move Ahead.” It will serve as the official blog for Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Truck Rental, Penske Logistics and Penske Used Trucks.

The blog’s address is and it contains news, industry information, special promotions, transportation and supply chain industry insights, profiles, commentary, and useful tips for businesses and consumers.


300 Jobs Cut at CVS Caremark

Pharmacy chain operator CVS Caremark said recently they will eliminate 300 employees who work in customer support and other operations to reduce corporate costs.

The job cuts affect staffers across the country (not including store staff), but more than half are at the company’s customer support center at its headquarters in Woonsocket, R.I.


Toyo Seat Creates New Jobs in Kentucky

Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear recently met with Toyo Seat USA to announce the investment of more than $4.7 million and subsequently the creation of 33 new jobs.

“Kentucky is once again pleased to support the growth of one of our existing automotive suppliers,” said Beshear. “Toyo Seat is a longstanding corporate citizen and its presence and success not only provides valuable jobs for the Flemingsburg community, but helps to further enhance the Commonwealth’s position as a prime destination for automotive-related industries.”

Toyo Seat is a manufacturer of automotive seats and seat parts and has been operating in Flemingsburg, KY since 1995.


Zep acquires Niagara National

Zep Inc recently announced completion of the acquisition of the brands and assets of Atlanta GA-based Niagara National LLC. This acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings during Fiscal 2011.

“This acquisition emphasizes our commitment to provide customers with increased innovation, product, and service capability,” said John K Morgan, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Zep. “We are pleased to add the Niagara brand and innovative equipment offering to our existing product line, as we believe the combination will provide greater value to customers. We are also pleased that Ron Kirschner, president of Niagara, and the majority of their employees will remain with the company.”


Avon Closes Ohio Plant

Personal care products maker and seller Avon plans to close a plant in Springdale, Ohio, eliminating 400 jobs there. Job cuts are expected to continue through the middle of 2012.


Concert Group Logistics Appoints West Coast Sales Director

Concert Group Logistics (CGL), a Downers Grove, Illinois-based leader in transportation logistics, recently appointed Max Shook as West Coast Regional Sales Director.

“We are very excited to welcome Max back to the corporate team,” says Dominick Muzi, Vice President of Sales for CGL. “He has a proven track record with CGL, is highly experienced in the industry and is very motivated. I’m extremely confident he’ll provide outstanding results for our clients and offices in his new role as West Coast Regional Sales Director.”


Unilever to Acquire Parts of EVGA

Unilever and EVGA have formed an agreement in which Unilever will acquire EVGA’s ice cream brands (which include Scandal, Variete, and Karabola) and distribution network. EVGA will retain its production and warehousing facilities and will manufacture both the current EVGA and some of Unilever ice cream branded products for the Greek market and for export.


VersaCold Celebrates New DC Opening

VersaCold recently celebrated the opening of its newest distribution center at the Port of Tacoma Washington. More than 180 business partners, associates, customers, employees, port officials, and local government attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tacoma Mayor, Marilyn Strickland, and Don Johnson, president of the Port of Tacoma Commission, gave speeches offering their support and thanks to VersaCold as a new member of the business community.


GSI Commerce Opens Louisville Facility

GSI Commerce Inc. has recently opened a new facility in Louisville Kentucky. They will specialize in the customization of sports apparel such as jerseys, T-shirts, and fleece wear. The company provides online retail operations for entities such as the National Football League, NASCAR, the National Basketball Association and Dick’s Sporting Goods.


Scott Davis Joins Heil Trailer International

Scott Davis has joined Heil Trailer International as strategic sourcing manager, a newly created position. He will be working out of the Global Support Center in Athens, Tennessee. Davis previously worked for Denso Manufacturing as production control, procurement, and logistics supervisor.


Sikorsky Lay-off

Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies, laid off about 200 workers recently. Sikorsky, which manufactures both civilian and military helicopters, is the latest in a growing line of aviation companies including Cesna and Piper to lay off employees in a slumping market.


TMW Names New VP, Eastern Regional Sales

TMW Systems has named Mike Nalepka Vice-President, Eastern Regional Sales. With more than 20 years of experience in enterprise content management and transportation system sales, he most recently was Vice-President of fleet imaging solutions at DriverTech.


GreenRoad Hires New VP, Corporate & Strategic Sales

Thomas Ness has joined GreenRoad as Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Sales with more than 15 years of sales and customer experience in the telematics industry. He most recently served the past three years as vice-president of corporate and strategic sales at Trimble Navigation.


Baltek Creates New Jobs in High Point, NC

Baltek Inc. plans to invest $3.5 million for a new factory in High Point, N.C. that will create 68 new jobs.

“The consolidation and relocation of Baltek’s activities to High Point is of strategic significance to the business,” said Pierre Monéton, president of core materials of 3A Composites. High Point will provide us a solid basis from which we can continue to competitively serve our customer base into the future.”


Hyundai Creates Jobs in Alabama

Hyundai will create 1,000 new jobs from a Heavy Industries’ $90 million large transformer manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama.

“Landing a world-class company like Hyundai Heavy Industries and creating 1,000 jobs in Alabama just shows how our commitment to economic development at the state and local levels has paid off,” said Governor Bob Riley. “Company leaders recognized that the quality of our workforce will help their business prosper here.”


Rite Aid Closing Central NY Distribution Center

Rite Aid recently announced it is closing a distribution center in central New York next year that will result in 388 workers being laid off. The layoffs will begin in January and the facility will close by July. The company did say affected employees will be offered the chance to apply for 60 jobs at its distribution center outside of Syracuse.




Empire Foods Creates New Jobs in North Carolina

Empire Foods, a newly-formed food-processing company in North Carolina, plans to invest $2.5 million during the next five years for a packaging plant just outside of Halifax that will create over 200 jobs. The plant will make packaged fruit and vegetables that don’t need refrigeration. It will done using technology developed by North Carolina State University.


New Michelin Locator App for Blackberry

Michelin Americas Truck Tires is introducing a mobile dealer-locator application for Blackberry smart phones used in the United States and Canada. The new Michelin Blackberry application joins the existing Michelin ONCall emergency road service (ERS) and online dealer and service locator in Michelin’s “Wherever You Go” offering.

The Blackberry application provides the location of the nearest Michelin truck tire or service provider, as well as basic information about that location, all from the hand-held Blackberry device. Users can call ONCall ERS directly from the app or search for a provider by category, including emergency road service, travel plazas, on-site tire service, or MRT retread providers. The application can provide service providers based on the user’s current GPS location or an entered location. It also lets users call the service provider or save the provider’s information to their device’s contacts or address book.


Graybar Appoints David Bender as District VP, Seattle Operations

Graybar recently appointed David Bender as its District Vice President for the company’s Seattle regional operations. Bender will replace Ken Sparks who will be retiring after 42 years with the company. Sparks also serves as a member of Graybar’s Board of Directors and of its Audit Committee and will resign from both positions effective upon his retirement.

“On behalf of Graybar’s employees, shareholders and Board of Directors, we thank Ken Sparks for his many contributions to the company and we wish him all the best in retirement,” said Robert A. Reynolds, Jr., Graybar’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to have David Bender as our new Seattle district vice president and look forward to the impact his leadership will have on our business in this region.”


Dorada Poultry Moves to New Facility

Oklahoma City based Dorada Poultry has announced they will soon occupy the former 180,000-square-foot Tyson Foods facility in Ponca City OK. The plant is scheduled to become operational in mid-2011 and will provide chicken products to McDonald’s US restaurants and is expected to employ about 350 employees.

“We are proud to become members of the Ponca City business community and look forward to becoming a model of corporate citizenship,” said Ed Sanchez, Dorada Poultry chairman and chief executive officer. “With an anticipated economic impact of $7 million per year in payroll, we will make a major economic contribution to the region where our employees will live, work, and play.”