Logistics software firm, Descartes Systems Group has purchased Minnesota based RouteView Technologies Inc. for about $3 million. RouteView provides map-based routing software by combining wireless/GPS and automated call-out technology for small and medium sized companies to manage their delivery operations.
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American Airlines reports a decline for its cargo in December. American Airlines flew 179.6 million international and domestic system cargo ton-miles in December, down 5.8 percent compared to 190.7 million system cargo ton-miles carried in the same month in 2006. For the full year, American’s system cargo ton-miles declined 4.6 percent to 2.12 billion system cargo ton-miles.
Whirpool plans to open a new distribution center in central Ohio. The 90 acre facility will be operated by Penske Logistics, which will be one of the largest distribution centers in the area. The new development is the product of Whirlpool’s acquisition of Maytag Corp. for $1.8 billion in 2006.
For the third year in a row, Melton Truck Lines was awarded the Logistics Management’s Quest for Quality Award for their exceptional customer service and operational performance. Melton placed first as the number one, on-time performing carrier in the Industrial and Heavy-Haul Carriers category.
R. Steve Kinsey joins Flowers Foods Inc. as their new Chief Financial Officer. Kinsey has been with Flowers since 1989. Jimmy M. Woodward, their former CFO since 2000, stepped down due to “family” reasons. Woodward will still advise the company on financial and related matters.
BNSF Railway Co. presented Short-Line Achievement Awards to Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (owned by The Watco Cos. Inc), Otter Tail Valley Railroad (owned by RailAmerica Inc.), and Portland & Western Railroad (owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.). “These awards recognize the resourcefulness and achievements of three short lines that have gone beyond our expectations through innovation, determination and hard work to build new business for our railroads and new service products for our shared customers,” said BNSF Vice President of Network Development Pete Rickershauser in a prepared statement.
Eagle Global Logistics signed a lease for the Eastgate Distribution Center III in Lebanon, TN, just outside of Nashville. The Eastgate Distribution Center III is a 225,500 square foot warehouse which features 48 loading docks, all with levelators. Eagle Global Logistics, a nationwide provider of supply chain solutions for transportation services, logistics management, and information technology will move into the newly leased facility in November.
A.O. Smith will close its southern Kentucky facility and move production to Mexico because of a weak housing market. The closing of this facility will put more than 200 people out of a job. The facility, which opened in 1974, is used to make motors and parts for heating and air conditioning units. “This was an extremely difficult decision to make given the long history of the Scottsville plant and the dedication of our employees,” said Christopher L. Mapes, president of the company’s electrical products division. “However, the need to aggressively manage costs and address the challenging overcapacity issues we face necessitated this decision.”
Thermo Fisher Scientific attains Priority Solutions International, a third party logistics supplier that was formed in 2005 by Arsenal Capital. Thermo Fisher will incorporate the pharma-focused 3PL company to work in conjunction with its own biopharma services business. “This acquisition brings tremendous logistics expertise and an infrastructure to our existing outsourcing services that strengthens our ability to deliver pharmaceutical supplies,” said Marijn Dekkers, president and CEO of Waltham, Massachusetts based Thermo Fisher Scientific.
TurboTorch hires Paul Mueller as their new Marketing/Product/Sourcing Manager. He will be responsible for managing and developing marketing strategies for new product development, demonstration, and forecasting. TurboTorch, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, markets the most comprehensive line of air-fuel and oxy-fuel products and accessories of any manufacturer. TurboTorch specializes in torches and tips for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning professional worldwide.
Waste Industries USA Inc., out of Raleigh, N.C., reported a net income of $6.1 million on revenues of $86.1 million for second quarter 2007. Throughout the same period in 2006, the firm recorded a net income of $6.7 million on $82.6 million. For the six months of 2007, Waste Industries has a net income of $11.7 million on revenues of $167.4 million. During the first half of last year, the company posted a net income of $10.2 million on $161.7 in revenue.
“We are very pleased with our operating and financial results for the second quarter and year-to-date 2007,” said Jim Perry, president and CEO of Waste Industries, in a press release. “These results reflect our continued emphasis on strengthening routes in desired markets and our ability to reduce our disposal costs by internalizing more of our waste stream into our landfills.”
James W. LaRue joins Presstek, Inc. as their new vice president of worldwide manufacturing and supply chain. “Jim brings a history of operational excellence and seamless ERP implementations to Presstek,” said Jeff Jacobson, Presstek president and chief executive officer. “Jim’s considerable industry expertise with developing successful global supply chain and inventory control strategies will be an invaluable asset to Presstek as we continue to expand our presence internationally and deliver customer-focused solutions for the changing global demands of the graphic communications market.”Presstek, Inc. is a top performing manufacturer and marketer of high tech digital imaging solutions to the graphic arts and laser imaging markets.
Career publisher Vault Inc. (www.Vault.com) has just released its guide to the nation’s top consulting employers, and McKinsey & Company ranks first overall in prestige. This is McKinsey’s seventh consecutive year in the top spot.
Arlington, VA (September 7, 2007) — PMMI announces the Packaging Industry Roundtable and Panel Discussion, hosted by PMMI’s Certified Trainer Program, for the Conference at PACK EXPO. The conference session will be at 11:00 a.m. on October 15, 2007 during PACK EXPO Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
During the conference session, panelists will discuss the vital importance of establishing best practices for training. Additionally, they will unveil a Request for Proposal (RFP) template that addresses training needs and communicates how training helps to reduce turn-over, downtime and inefficiency.
Whirpool Corporation shuts down its regional distribution center in Covington. Formerly known as the Maytag Corporation, the distribution center will unite with a facility in Carlisle. “The move, to be completed by Sept. 11, will displace about 80 workers, said Whirlpool spokeswoman Judy Lau.” “Hourly workers are being offered positions at the Sears distribution center under construction in the Covington Industrial Park, Lau said.”
Whirpool purchased the Maytag brand and company back in March 2006.
Key global logistics trends, industry challenges, and best practices related to how businesses are working to deliver greater supply chain speed, agility and reliability, will be discussed at the i2 Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITWO) and IBM Corporation (NYSE:IBM) Thought Leadership Series: Global Logistics, on Friday, Sept. 21 at the IBM Chicago Center. This one-day seminar will also highlight lessons learned from successful transportation management system and network optimization projects .
Driscoll’s category management team names Steve Trede as their new category development manager. Steve has over 25 years experience working in the produce industry with companies such as Del Monte and Desert Glory. Driscoll, a family-owned fresh berry company, works together with other retail companies to provide increased sales and productivity.
Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp, Providence Forge VA, has recognized six of its drivers for achieving one million accident-free miles: JERRY DAVIDSON, JEFF LOGAN, CHUCK MULLENS, PAUL PEYTON, AARON WILLS, and DAN WYFFELS.
David Jones and Terry Whitlock both join Blast-N-Clean of Albuquerque, New Mexico. David Jones was hired to fill the position of chief operating officer and Terry Whitlock as the executive vice president of sales and marketing.