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WP Rawl Hires New Senior Quality Assurance Manager

WP Rawl, the largest grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the US, announced today that Nancy Shimabukuro has filled the position of senior quality assurance manager, effective immediately. Nancy Shimabukuro’s background is in quality assurance and she holds a master of science in food science from Clemson University. In her new position, she is responsible for managing the quality assurance and sanitation departments, and maintaining quality assurance and sanitation budgetary compliance.

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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.


Nexus Opens Bedford Park Distribution Center

Nexus Distribution has added a third warehouse to its Midwest region facilities. The new distribution center is located at Bedford Park, IL, and features 306,552 square feet and direct access to the adjacent CSX intermodal yard.


“The 6510 building gives us exclusive control of the land bridge, which is crucial to our unique ability to handle heavy-loaded containers,” said Nexus CEO Dean Hansen.


New Vine Restarts Operations

The 200 New Vine Logistics clients who unexpectedly lost their wine shipping and fulfillment services a little more than a week ago got good news on Friday. Inertia Beverage Group, also based in Napa, has agreed to take on New Vine’s debt, enabling the company to reopen.


“In order to address New Vine’s customer needs and allow for their systems and operations to get back online and shipments flowing immediately, IBG will provide interim cash funding to New Vine,” said Inertia Beverage Group President and CEO Ted Jansen.


“Operations are already gearing up and we are confident in the ability of New Vine’s operational team and employees to quickly respond.”


"Rolling Layoffs" at Caterpillar Logistics Services

Caterpillar Logistics Services will hold a series of “rolling layoffs” at 3 Lafayette locations, planned to begin August 24. 158 workers will be affected and the new work schedule may last for more than six months. The rolling layoffs have a defined period, such as one week per month, when employees will be laid off. But, the company said, a clearly defined return to work date is also scheduled. The use of rolling layoffs is intended to reduce the number of employees impacted by indefinite layoffs.


Schneider National Named CaseStack Green Carrier of the Year

Schneider National was recently named the CaseStack Green Carrier of the Year for its outstanding level of service while remaining the most “green” within Casestack’s frequently used carrier base.

“Schneider National has a long-standing commitment to operating the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry,” said Dan Van Alstine, senior vice president/general manager for Schneider National. “By being more fuel efficient, we’re lowering emissions and saving valuable natural resources. We’re also helping our customers meet their own sustainability goals. We’re proud to work with companies who share our commitment to social responsibility and are honored to receive this inaugural award from CaseStack.”

“This award is a direct result of Schneider’s superior reputation for reliability, quality and customer service,” said Dan Sanker, president and CEO of CaseStack. “We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them in 2009.”


BNSF Recognized for Service Excellence

Owens Corning recently named BNSF Railway Company as a recipient of their 2008 Global Logistics Carrier of the Year award for an intermodal railroad.


Owens Corning annually recognizes carriers of all types for their service on both inbound and outbound transportation service. In addition to service, award-winning carriers are living Owens Corning’s waste-free sustainability goal by their involvement with the SmartWay™ Transport Partnership and impressive safety record. SmartWay™ is a voluntary partnership between various freight industry sectors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.


SkyBitz Appoints New VP

SkyBitz has appointed Craig Montgomery as its new senior vice-president of marketing and business development. With more than 14 years of marketing and business development experience in high-technology sectors, he most recently was chief operations officer and senior vice-president of marketing for Seneca One Finance.


i2 Technologies:2009 Award Recipient

i2 Technologies has been named a 2009 award recipient of the Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.


“It’s an honor to receive two Hermes Platinum Awards recognizing the efforts of many i2 professionals, i2 customers, and special contributors who work on Supply Chain Leader,” said Beth Elkin, i2 senior marketing director. “Supply Chain Leader has been a valuable outlet for supply chain thought leaders to share their insight, innovative thinking and best-practice knowledge with business professionals around the world. It is satisfying to have their work recognized for both its quality and creativity.”


Exel Named "2008 Supplier of the Year"

Exel was rewarded the “2008 Supplier of the Year” award in the category of Goods and Services Operations from The Dannon Company. Dannon selected Exel’s Dayton, Ohio, site for the honor based on its improvements in quality, safety, cost, and overall performance in inventory accuracy and on-time shipping.


“We have tremendous respect for our business partners and are grateful for the contributions they make to our success,” said Paul Gardner, vice president of sourcing and supplier development for The Dannon Company. “Suppliers, such as Exel, that perform well help Dannon maintain its competitive advantages, boost innovation and improve our products’ time to market.”


“We’re honored to receive the 2008 Supplier of the Year award from Dannon,” said Scott Sureddin, president of Exel’s Consumer business unit. “The dedication, hard work and attention it took to earn this recognition is a reflection of the exceptional people on our Dayton, Ohio, operations team. With a relentless focus on the customer, these associates consistently demonstrate high performance levels and deliver value to Dannon.”


DSC Partners with Tata Tea

DSC Logistics has been selected as Lead Logistics Partner in the US to Tata Tea group, currently the world’s second largest tea company. DSC will offer them supply chain and logistics support and will also deliver logistics support for Empirical Group. DSC worked collaboratively with Tata Tea group to design a Supply Chain network that will integrate multiple business units.


Littlefuse Honors TTI

TTI, Inc. has been announced first time winner of the Distributor of the Year Award from Littelfuse. The award was presented at the annual Electronics Distribution Show and Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Recognized as the world leader in circuit protection products, Littelfuse and TTI began its partnership in 2004.


Michael Knight, Vice President Corporate Product Management and Supplier Marketing for TTI, commented on the achievement, “This is a product area that we have been aggressively investing in and it is extremely gratifying to achieve recognition from the leader in this field. With the excellent chemistry between Littelfuse and TTI, I am certain that we will have more Littelfuse Distributor of the Year Awards in the future.”


Executive Change at Alcoa

Tim D. Myers has been named president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, with responsibility for forged wheels and aluminum structures. He succeeds Kevin B. Kramer, who has been appointed president, growth initiatives. Myers had been vice-president and general manager, commercial vehicle wheels, accountable for Alcoa truck wheel plants worldwide and subassembly and logistics sites in North America.


Drop in Diesel Fuel Price

The average price of diesel fuel nationwide dropped for the first time in eight weeks, decreasing 0.8 cents to $2.608 a gallon, according to US Department of Energy information.


Public Refrigerated Warehousing & Distribution Directory 

Updated for 2009, the annual directory is a compilation of public refrigerated warehouses (PRWs) throughout North America that offer or arrange some type of transportation service. This list is arranged geographically by state and includes Canada. Listings include address, phone, and a comprehensive list of services offered. Access


2009 Material Handling and Logistics Conference

The 2009 Material Handling and Logistics Conference will be held September 13-16 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Park City, Utah. This conference is a three-day educational event offering more than 60 classes, interactive workshops, roundtables and panel discussions addressing supply chain strategy, best practices, emerging technologies, innovative thinking and focus groups. It will focus on supply chain practices to immediately impact and improve performance.


TTI Awarded "Distributor of the Year"

TTI, Inc. has been awarded the distinguished Distributor of the Year Award from passives component manufacturer KEMET Corporation for the fifth consecutive year.


Michael Knight, TTI Vice President Corporate Product Management and Supplier Marketing, said, “Though TTI has long been KEMET’s largest distributor, the criteria for the Distributor of the Year award is extremely comprehensive, and is based on much more than total sales. The length of our relationship combined with the effort required to achieve this recognition makes this award extremely meaningful to all of the employees of TTI North America.”


YRC Asking For $1 Billion in Bailout Funds

YRC, the nation’s largest publicly traded trucking company will ask for $1 billion in aid from the federal bailout fund. If approved, YRC would become the first trucking company to get help from the bailout fund, but analysts say the chance of YRC getting any bailout money is slim.


YRC has laid off thousands of workers, asked remaining workers to take sizable pay cuts and made other tough decisions to remain competitive as the trucking industry suffers from the worst demand in decades.


The company has reached an agreement with its banking group that will allow it to keep it within the terms of its debt. Creditors have once before given a lifeline to YRC, allowing it to pay back debt slowly through asset sales and other means.