U.S. Foodservice, a Columbia, Maryland based company, plans to close its Mesquite, Texas plant in March 2008. The termination of 138 jobs will begin on March 14 and will conclude by about March 28, when the plant will be closed permanently. The foodservice distributor is also currently closing a plant in Fairfield, Ohio and eliminating 148 positions.
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Optilogistics, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia hired Joseph R. Russo Jr. as sales director. He will be in charge of worldwide business development for their new OptiLedge unit-load system for the transport of unitized products.
The Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), “Global Supply Chain Management” program will be held March 3rd - 7th, 2008 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA. For further information please phone 404-894-2362 or access www.pe.gatech.edu/.
The Multimodal Hazardous Materials Transportation Training seminar conducted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is scheduled March 4-5 at the Marriott Hotel (Hobby Airport), 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston TX. Subjects on the program include hazmat basics, safety and compliance, and hazmat essentials. For more information, telephone 800-228-9290 and 713-943-7979, or visit the PHMSA Web site at phmsa.dot.gov.
Coastal Transport Logistics LLC has hired Phil Taylor and Lonnie Blair as regional sales managers. Taylor comes to Coastal with more than 30 years experience in sales and operations. He was most recently the owner of Crown Transport in Rock Hill, S.C. Blair has more than 20 years of transportation experience, most recently associated with Pacer International and Taylor Truck Line. Coastal Transport Logistics services the eastern United States with more than 600 tractors and 1,100 trailers.
Mack Trucks of Lehigh, PA has named Matthew Walsh as vice president of exports for its International Operations business. Walsh joined Mack in 1996 and, most recently, was the firm’s director of international parts sales, logistics and CKD operations. “The export component of Mack’s International Operations business has grown rapidly in the past several years,” said Frank Meehan, Mack’s senior vice president of international operations, in a press release. “Matt has played a major role in the recent success of our export activities, and he will help us continue this impressive growth.”
CEVA Logistics has hired Peter Dew as their group chief information officer. He will be responsible for establishing and implementing the company’s global information technology strategy. Dew was CIO of the Linde Group and before that group director, information management at BOC. He will join CEVA at its corporate head office in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, on April 1.
MGP Ingredients Inc., received an $8 million dollar settlement after settling a patent-infringement lawsuit against Mars Inc. over ingredients in dog-chew treats. MGP is the United States largest supplier of wheat gluten. MGP sued Mars Inc, a Virginia based candymaker, two years ago for allegedly breaching a 2005 supply agreement for a formula with secret ingredients made by MGP.Mars, said it came up with a new formula for its Greenies dog chews. MGP said the formula wasn’t new, and said Mars used trade secrets and violated its patent for some of the ingredients, according to reporting by Bloomberg.
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has appointed Pablo Garcia as its senior vice president, worldwide sales. Based in Spain, Garcia was WFS’s senior vice president, business development, Europe. He previously held senior roles at American Airlines and SFS Spain. WFS handles more than 3.5 million tons of cargo in 107 airports worldwide each year.
Phoenix Industries LLP., which operates a multi-temperature foodgrade storage and distribution firm based in Winter Haven FL was purchased by Atlanticblue Group Inc., a real estate management organization based in Lake Wales FL. The new entity’s name is Phoenix Industries LLC and will include 300,000-square-foot warehouse on 14 acres. “All current Phoenix Industries employees are expected to remain with the company,” said Bruce Bachman, chief executive officer and general manager of Phoenix Industries.
Contract Freighters, a Joplin, Missouri based truckload carrier will be placed under the Con-way brand and known as Con-Way Truckload. Con-way Inc. acquired Contract Freighters last August. Conway, also owns Con-way Freight and Menlo Logistics. All three truckload operations will now operated under the same name.
Evans Oil Co, Monroe LA, has selected Dupre Transport LLC, Lafayette LA, as its logistics provider. This decision will aid in streamlining fuel distribution for approximately 150 retail service stations, including its company owned and operated locations, dealer-owned locations, and independent retail locations.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association named Robert A. Niblock, chairman and chief executive officer of Lowe’s Cos. Inc., their new chairman of its board of directors. Niblock will be taking the place of Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy Inc. Anderson has served as chairman since 2005 and will remain a member of the board. Gregg Steinhafel, president of Target Corp. has been named vice chairman.
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.
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.