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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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Monday
Nov052007

Eagle Global Logistics Leases Distribution Center

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.

Friday
Oct262007

A.O. Smith Corporation Closes Facility

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.”

Friday
Oct262007

Thermo Fisher Scientific Attains Priority Solutions International

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.

Friday
Oct122007

TurboTorch Announces New Hire

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.

Friday
Oct122007

Waste Industries Net Income Falls

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.”

Friday
Oct122007

LaRue Joins Presstek, Inc.

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.
Tuesday
Sep182007

McKinsey & Company Ranks #1

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.

Friday
Sep142007

FKI Logistex Opens Ultra-Modern Facility

FKI Logistex opened it’s brand new, ultra-modern, Technology & Education Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also referred to as “the TEC”, the facility will provide clients the opportunity to experiment using their own products on FKI equipment, such as functional automated sortation, conveying, automated storage and retrieval, and order fulfillment systems. “The TEC provides FKI Logistex customers with a state-of-the-art, technology-rich material handling environment to see the industry’s latest solutions in action,” says Legg. “Our goal is to develop lasting relationships built around the TEC, where customers continue to come back for education, testing, and training.”

 

Friday
Sep142007

PMMI Announces Conference Session in Vegas

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.

Wednesday
Sep122007

Whirpool Corporation Shuts Down Regional Distribution Center

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.

Wednesday
Sep122007

i2 to Co-Sponsor Thought Leadership Series Focused on Global Logistics

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 .

Wednesday
Sep122007

Driscoll Names New Category Manager

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.

Wednesday
Sep122007

Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corporation Recognizes Drivers

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.

Tuesday
Sep112007

Blast-N-Clean Announces Two New Hires

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.

Tuesday
Aug212007

DFA Plans to Transfer Operations

Dairy Farmers of America intends to close its American cheese plant in Corona, CA and move its American cheese business from there and its plant in Zumbrota, MN to Green Bay WI-based Schreiber Foods.

As a result, more than 300 workers will be laid off in Corona, 70 in Minnesota, and 11 at the firm’s Kansas City headquarters. DFA plans to offer assistance for all laid-off employees.

Monday
Aug202007

Stephanie Martin Joins IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics announced that Stephanie Martin has joined the Company as Vice President, Supply Chain. Ms. Martin brings 16 years of Supply Chain management experience in the contract electronics manufacturing industry to IEC.”We are pleased to add Stephanie to the IEC team,” said W. Barry Gilbert, IEC’s Chairman and CEO.

Monday
Aug132007

Lance Wyatt Joins ALTANA Inc

Lance Wyatt has joined ALTANA Inc, a member of the Nycomed Group, as Senior Director of Contracts and Logistics.  Wyatt comes to ALTANA Inc from McKesson. Previously, he was employed by Safeway Stores, Inc. in the finance and category management areas. “Through his work with Fougera Cares, we have come to appreciate Lance’s commitment to the industry and its customers,” said Dave Klaum, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business Operations.

Monday
Aug132007

Transplace Selects LOG-NET

Transplace, one of the leading provider of logistics technology and transportation management services, recently announced its selection of LOG-NET, Inc., a leader in international web-based supply chain visibility and execution solutions, as a technology partner to support its international division. The integration of LOG-NET represents the next step in the evolution of the division. “As we began to develop an international deployment strategy, speed of deployment, international business differences and time to market were all key considerations,” said Roy Cashman, chief operations officer at Transplace.

Monday
Aug132007

Pepsi Bottling to Realign Business

Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. said that it would streamline some field operations in the United States and Canada, invest in its supply chain and realign its work force to improve productivity.The largest bottler of PepsiCo Inc. drinks said it would record a pretax charge of $30 million to $40 million, or 9 cents to 12 cents per share, in the second half of the year for these moves.

Monday
Aug132007

Cole McKellar Named Director

Cole McKellar has been named director of new business development, exhibit transportation for Freeman. McKellar comes to Freeman with more than 12 years of business development, sales and marketing experience within transportation logistics, business strategy and supply chain management. He has previously worked with IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, USWeb/marchFIRST, JB Hunt Logistics/Transplace, and Gulf Coast Transport.