The Hinckley Co. has announced that James P. McManus will become its president and chief executive officer. McManus graduated from Yale University and Harvard Business School. He previously worked in corporate finance with Lehman Brothers and for McKinsey & Co., an international management consulting firm. Ralph Willard, Hinckley’s chairman of the board announced in a recent statement that “ The Hinckley Company is proud of its growth and in the past few years has developed a very strong management team. Under the energetic new leadership headed by Jim McManus, the company has a bright future consistent with its distinguished heritage. We very much look forward to Jim taking the helm and maintaining the positioning of excellence Hinckley so much enjoys.”
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Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd., (Hitachi Power Tools) has made new appointments to its c-level management structure. Hiro Yumoto was named chief executive officer of North American business and Steve Karaga was appointed as the company’s chief operating officer of the power tool division in North America. Since 1997, Yumoto had served as general manager for Hitachi Power Tools in Canada. Karaga previously served as executive VP/Director since 1996.
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, has commenced its new five billion yen (US$41 million) expanded facility at the Kansai International Airport. The DHL Kansai International Airport Gateway is the largest facility operated by an international express company at the airport. The event was directed by Scott Price, CEO, DHL Express – Asia Pacific, and Atsushi Murayama, President of Kansai International Airport Co. Ltd, as well as senior executives from both of the companies.
G&K Services, Inc. recently revealed a new strategic agreement with Dockers San Francisco. Under the agreement, G&K will now represent Dockers apparel as part of its direct sale and rental apparel offering for the uniform industry. G&K will market and sell Dockers apparel as part of its uniform direct sale offering to large national customers. The company also said that over the coming year, G&K will expand the offering of Dockers apparel to its direct sale catalog and rental customers.
Menlo Worldwide, a global provider of logistic services, recently announced it has expanded in North Carolina by opening a distribution and logistics facility in Duplin County, which will create 30 new jobs. The thirty new jobs will encompass a variety of logistics and distribution services, such as receiving, inventory control, shipping, order fulfillment, crating and packing, warehouse management and customer service. “Menlo Worldwide’s decision to expand in North Carolina reflects our commitment to build a business-friendly environment that encourages companies to grow and expand,” said Gov. Mike Easley in a press release.
Business infrastructure software provider Software AG recently confirmed the successful acquisition of business integration and optimization software company webMethods for USD 546 million in what can only be described as one of the largest pure software deals in the history of the European IT industry. “This merger is a partnership for growth that fully capitalizes on the unique and complementary strengths of each company,” said David Mitchell, president and CEO, webMethods, Inc. According to both companies, the new merger is set to create a new global leader in business infrastructure software with over 4,000 enterprise customers worldwide making it one of the largest independent players in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) markets.
Sloan Valve Company, manufacturer of water-efficient commercial plumbing systems, has appointed Steven Rodgers as the company’s vice president, supply chain operations.
Deposco, the industry’s leading authority in on-demand supply chain technology and solution delivery, announced that the company has launched Deposco Supply Chain Workbench. Developed to help companies rapidly achieve supply chain excellence, Deposco Supply Chain Workbench adds significant new capabilities for supply chain professionals that offer greater value when seeking to streamline their supply chain processes.
Supply-chain management software-as-a-service company Datacraft Solutions Inc. has raised a $4 million Series A round of financing. http://www.datacraftsolutions.com
Datatrac Corporation has again expanded the scope of its complete solution for transportation service providers. Through a strategic partnership with Atlanta-based Wintao Global Technologies, Datatrac now offers integrated warehouse management capabilities to complement its industry leading technology offering. Consisting of six components designed to integrate into a customized solution, WMSimple easily connects all of the points in the logistics chain. “Warehousing is becoming an integral part of their service offering and they need the tools to manage this new component of the business. Our partnership with Wintao ensures that Datatrac customers will have the tools they need to be successful as their businesses evolve.” said Garland Duvall, Chief Executive Officer of Datatrac Corporation.
At an awards ceremony in November in Columbus, Ohio, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company presented Pat Jenkins, director of national accounts for Integra Logistics (www.integralogistics.com), with the highly coveted Intermodal Carrier of the Year 2006 Award. “Scotts is loyal to our logistics service providers,” said David Gardner, transportation manager for ScottsMiracle-Gro.
EGL Eagle Global Logistics, a leading provider of personalized supply chain solutions, has recently been awarded a three-year contract by Huntsman, a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. As part of the new warehousing and distribution contract to launch today, EGL will operate and manage a facility in Qianhaiwan, Shekou District, Shenzhen, where Huntsman products and materials will be distributed to more than 10 satellite hubs across the Asia Pacific region. Representatives from EGL and Huntsman, including Marc Deshamps, Huntsman Vice President, Global Supply Chain; Vittoorio Favati, EGL President Asia Pacific; and Rick Lee, EGL President of Logistics Asia Pacific were in attendance for the ceremony.
Business applications vendor SAP AG is making another acquisition aimed at filling out its product portfolio to better meet the needs of chief financial officers. The company announced late last night plans to buy U.S. corporate performance management software company OutlookSoft Corp. for an undisclosed sum. SAP hopes to complete the purchase of privately held OutlookSoft within the next 30 days, according to Sanjay Poonen, senior vice president and general manager of analytics at SAP. A year ago, SAP bought compliance software vendor Virsa Systems and established a governance, risk and compliance management unit. Then, in February, SAP acquired analytics software company Pilot Software.
Dean Warehouse, one of New England’s largest warehousing, logistics, and transportation companies, has launched a new division, Dean SupplyChain Management (DSM). The new division creates customized solutions for any logistics and transportation need, coordinating and managing freight domestically and internationally. DSM leverages the Dean Integration System, an online RFbased tracking system that allows Dean’s customers to track their inventory throughout the supply chain. Whether providing longhaul transportation or securing warehouse space, DSM is designed to handle virtually any distribution challenge nationally or globally to produce measurable bottom-line results.
Cleveland rocks! Averitt Express has expanded its presence in Cleveland, with the opening of a new facility there. The carrier has also announced that it has shaved a day off transit times from Cleveland to key destinations in the South. Averitt is now offering next-day service from Cleveland to Louisville, Memphis, and Nashville, and second-day service to Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Orlando. Averitt has been providing transportation service in Cleveland for 11 years. The opening of the service center has added 10 dedicated doors to Averitt’s operations in the Ohio city.