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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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Tuesday
Aug262008

Horizon Hires New VP

Horizon Line has hired Jacob M. Wegrzyn as senior vice president of their Puerto Rico services division.  Wegrzyn will oversee operational, sales and strategic activities for the Puerto Rico market.  He previously served as vice president, Puerto Rico and Caribbean service for New Penn Motor Express.

Monday
Aug252008

JCPenney Awards Schneider

JCPenney awarded Schneider national with the Supply Chain Provider of the Year for 2007 award recently at the annual Supplier Summit in Dallas. This award recognizes companies that excel in supply chain partnership with JCPenney business goals. “Being chosen as the recipient of JCPenney’s supply chain award is an incredible honor,” said Steve Matheys, Schneider National executive vice-president of sales, marketing and customer service. “Our drivers and customer service associates have been laser-focused on improving communication and delivering service excellence. It’s really gratifying to see their hard work paying dividends and customers taking note.”

Monday
Aug252008

Pilgrim Halts Production

One of the United State’s primary chicken processor’s will halt production at two of its facilities due to increased feed costs and an oversupply of chickens. The company will close its Clinton, Arkansas and Bossier City, Louisiana facilities, eliminating 600 jobs.

Tuesday
Aug192008

TLC Receives Award

Stephen M. Alberda and Pete Westerman both presented Total Logistic Control’s Holland Logistic Center with the President’s Safety Award. TLC is an 110,000 sq. ft. temperature freezer and cooler facility, which has remained accident-free for more than 27 years.

Monday
Aug182008

Goodyear Plans to Cut Costs

Goodyear plans to cut costs by expanding production in overseas markets and concentrate on increasing supply chain efficiencies. The company will shut down its tire manufacturing center in Somerton, Australia, to complete its goal reduction of approximately 25 million units of high-cost capacity as part of its 4-point cost savings plan.
Further, Goodyear will realign its supply chain to focus manufacturing in new markets, as well as restructure its U.S. facilities to assist in running them more efficiently. The Akron, Ohio-based firm will invest: $500 million to expand China production; $600 million to expand in Brazil and Chile; $600 million in Poland and Germany; and $700 million in the U.S. “Going forward, we anticipate capital investments totaling between $1 billion and $1.3 billion per year from 2008 to 2010,” said CEO Robert Keegan.
Monday
Aug182008

Nestle and Schneider National Team Up

Nestle, the nutrition, health, and wellness company has teamed up with Schneider National, one of the country’s leading truckload carriers, to move their products from their North American manufacturing plants to specific Nestle distribution facilities throughout the United States.

Tuesday
Aug122008

Bristlecone Honored as Leading Provider

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine named Bristlecone as a Supply and Demand Chain Executive 100 company for 2008. This is the second year in a row that Bristlecone has received this distinction. Bristlecone was chosen because of its leadership and innovation in supply and demand chain consulting. “We are delighted to be recognized by this esteemed publication as a supply chain management innovator,” said Ashok Santhanam, President and CEO of Bristlecone. “At Bristlecone we pride ourselves on providing cutting edge strategies and solutions to help our clients create agile and adaptable supply chains for strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive and constantly evolving marketplace.”

Monday
Aug112008

Fisher Joins Marquette University

Douglas A. Fisher, D.B.A., has been named director of the Center of Supply Chain Management, for Marquette University’s College of Business Administration. Fisher is a former instructor from Auburn University in Alabama and an associate at Cascade Consulting Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm based out of Eugene, Oregon. At Marquette, Fisher will teach in areas of operations and supply chain management, collaborate with students and local businesses to sustain internships, and administer center operations.

Monday
Aug112008

Andrews Transport Promotes Bliss

Andrews Transport LP, based in Fort Worth, Texas has promoted Mark Bliss to senior vice-president of quality and risk management.

Wednesday
Aug062008

BNSF Logistics Comes Out on Top

Inbound Logistics magazine’s readers named BNSF, LLC as one of the top logistics providers for a fifth consecutive year. More than 5,000 readers contributed in this year’s survey, placing votes for 325 individual companies. “BNSF Logistics provides the flexible and innovative supply chain solutions that companies large and small demand. Our readers recognized that BNSF Logistics is responsive to their needs, and offers strategic solutions designed to drive business process improvement and change,” stated Felecia Stratton, Editor of Inbound Logistics.

Wednesday
Aug062008

Hormel Breaks Ground

Hormel Foods Corporation started construction on a new production facility in Dubuque, Iowa. Hormel plans to open the facility by November 2009, which will be operated by its subsidiary Progressive Packaging LLC. “Iowa has been at the center of feeding this country and the world for more than a century, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the people of Iowa to deliver great-tasting, nutritious meals to consumers throughout our system,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods.

Tuesday
Aug052008

KLLM Transport Offers 24-hour Service

KLLM Transport Service, based out of Jackson, MS, has enhanced their company by providing a Logistics Services department. Logistics Services will make available 24-hour customer service and dispatch. Kirk Blankenship will serve as director.

Tuesday
Aug052008

Linebarger Named President

Tom Linebarger has been named president and chief operating office for Cummins Inc, based in Columbus, Indiana.


Friday
Aug012008

Penske Logistics' Big Lay Off

Penske Logistics will be laying off 146 employees at its Lockbourne transportation and distribution facility, effective August 31st. Penske Logistics recently lost a contract with Whirlpool Corp. and will now be succeeded by Kenco Logistic Services, headquartered in Tennessee. “It is our intention to hire as close to 100 percent of the employees as we can,” said Greg Boring, director of operations for Kenco.

Friday
Aug012008

Border Opens New Building

Border Cold Storage, headquartered in Pharr, Texas, opened a new building near the United States-Mexico border just north of the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge. The new facility is built on 16 acres of land, which will allow for continued growth.  The 50,000 sq ft building houses 10 cold rooms, a 13-door refrigerated dock, and a dry storage area.  The state-of-the art facility encompasses a carbon dioxide/ammonia refrigeration system and motion-sensor lighting, as well as radio frequency scanning, tracking, and online order entry.


Thursday
Jul172008

Leach Named Top Salesperson

Nationalease, based out of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, has named Chris Leach, area vice president in Atlanta, Georgia the top 2007 salesperson.

Thursday
Jul172008

Magellan Transport Opens New Office

Magellan Transport Logistics, headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, opened a branch office in Springfield.

Thursday
Jul172008

FFE Transportation Receives Award

FFE Transportation Services Inc. was named 2007’s Specialized Carrier of the Year by Landstar Global Logistics Inc. at a recent conference in Nashville, Tennessee.   This decision was based upon various components including on-time performance, equipment availability and condition, and customer responsiveness.

Thursday
Jul172008

Frozen Food Express Reduces Truck Speed

Frozen Food Express Industries Inc., a transportation company based out of Dallas, Texas has reduced the maximum speed of its truck fleet from 65 to 62 miles per hour. Frozen Foods made this change in order to lessen the impact of increasing gas prices.

“This is a decision we’ve been contemplating for quite some time, and we simply have to take some definitive action, as many other carriers have already done, to offset costs that are rising faster than our ability to deal with them,” said Russell Stubbs, senior vice president and chief operating officer.

“Independent studies have found that for each mile-per-hour that a truck reduces its average speed, we can expect a 1/10th of a mile increase in that truck’s average miles per gallon,” said Stubbs.”

Tuesday
Jun172008

A.O. Smith Receives C-TPAT Tier III Status

A.O. Smith Corporation has a received (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) C-TPAT Tier III status from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  This status is given to company’s who already have all-inclusive programs instilled in order to protect their facilities and supply chain from terrorists, smuggling, and narcotics.  “A. O. Smith was one of the first companies to voluntarily participate in the C-TPAT program when it began,” Paul W. Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corporation. “We believe that maintaining secure operations worldwide is important to the safety of our employees and contributes to the success of our business.”

“The CBP representatives found that all of our facilities had similar best practices when they conducted the validation audits in 2007,” Kathleen Neal, director-trade compliance for A. O. Smith, said. “Consistency counts when you are being considered for Tier III status.”  “In order to maintain our Tier III benefits, we must continue to maintain and improve our supply chain security practices,” Neal said.