Technicians are a vital component of DISH Network’s operation because they are the face of the company and interact with customers daily. Because of that, the company is in an unending pursuit of perfection within its operations, which includes its fleet. 

“We are spending a lot of time getting heavily integrated with drivers and what they need and how they interface with the vehicle,” Fleet Manager Abe Stephenson says. 

Everyone has seen it: smelly, noisy trucks idling, while workers run equipment off the engine, burning up fuel. 

Illinois utility ComEd is working to dramatically reduce those scenarios. After all, as a deliverer of electricity, it has access to a lot of cheaper, non-petroleum energy. But it’s also motivated by a sense of good environmental stewardship, which the company engages in across its departments.

ComEd Fleet Services has partnered with Odyne, a maker of hybrid utility and commercial vehicles and trucks, to build a step van that allows electrical power to flow when the engine is off to operate equipment for underground utility crews.

Cash-Wa Distributing may be in the food business, but transportation is just as vital to its operations. As a broadline food distributor with operations dating back to 1934, Cash-Wa covers an 11-state area including all of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa and parts of Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Serving its customers not only involves having the right items in stock but getting them to the right places at the right times and in a safe manner, which is where transportation comes into play. 

US AutoLogistics is working behind the scenes of brightly lit car dealerships in the southeastern United States to ensure car buyers can take a new model out for a spin and breathe in that new car smell before making a final purchase. 

The Houston-based company was formed in January 2013 after the consolidation of GST Transport Systems and Alaplex AutoTransport. GST Transport Systems began in 1980 as Gulf States Toyota Trucking with 10 trailers based in Houston and delivered Toyota products to dealers across Texas. By 1990, the company became GST Transport Systems and increased its fleet size to 30 trailers and expanded by delivering Lexus products to dealers in Louisiana. 

Over the years, GST Transport Systems expanded its fleet and delivery area to include Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Alaplex AutoTransport began working with GST Transport Systems in 2011 to increase its presence in the Southeast. Alaplex AutoTransport operated 84 trailers and delivered Honda and Mercedes-Benz products.

Larry Silvi Sr. started out in 1947 with a small sand and gravel plant located behind his farmhouse. Within a few years, he was supplying the concrete for foundation slabs at a new housing development by Bill Levitt, called Levittown, now Philadelphia’s largest suburb. Business was brisk, with all the veterans back from World War II settling down to raise baby-boomer kids.

Today, his sons Larry Jr. and John Silvi run a large, regional, vertically integrated material supply company with divisions in mining, concrete, cement and real estate. Their Pennsylvania-based Silvi Group Companies owns more than 1,000 acres of land used for stone quarries, one of the largest sea terminals on the East Coast and the world’s largest cement blending and processing domes. Those domes have a capacity of 130,000 tons and can offload a ship at a rate of 525 tons an hour.

And they’re doing the kinds of jobs their father couldn’t have imagined. Those include a continuous 12-hour pour of 7,000 yards of concrete for a one-acre, four-foot-thick foundation of a Hindu monument in Robbinsville, N.J., in October 2013.

The Port of Galveston has a long and storied history that dates back to the days before Texas was part of the United States. The oldest port in the Gulf of Mexico west of New Orleans, the path to its current status began in 1825 when the Congress of Mexico made Galveston a provisional port and customs entry point. Today, the port’s facilities cover more than 850 acres and it is one of the leading cargo and cruising hubs in the country.

“We don’t receive taxpayer support and are run like an enterprise with revenue derived primarily from dockage of ships and charging for cargo that moves across our docks,” Port Director Mike Mierzwa says. “About 40 percent of our revenue is derived from cruise business.”

Next year, the Port of Liverpool will be celebrating its 300th anniversary, but instead of receiving a gift, it will be giving one specially suited to the logistics industry with the opening of the Liverpool2 terminal. This newest addition will join the Port of Liverpool along with a strategic network of port and logistics infrastructure owned and operated by U.K.-based Peel Ports Group. Over the years, Peel Ports has acquired an eclectic mix of ports and marine-based companies and offers affiliated logistics services, making it what it describes as more than just a ports company, but a customer-centric logistics solutions company. 

Today, the group is comprised of seven statutory harbor authorities: Peel Ports comprising Glasgow, Hunterston Heysham, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheerness, Chatham and operations in Belfast and Dublin. Within this group it operates two concession container terminals and a short-sea intra-Europe feeder line called BG Freight Line. The group also owns two engineering, fabrication and shipbuilding companies, Cammell Laird and A&P Marine. 

AIM Global Logistics thrives by providing diverse transportation and logistics solutions. “We can move anything from point A to point B, whether via truck, ocean, air or rail,” says Angelica Garcia-Dunn, president, founder and CEO. AIM ships anything weighing from a pound to more than 1 million pounds and everything in between, Garcia-Dunn says.

AIM has moved 10 oil rigs from Texas, Oklahoma, California and the Rocky Mountains region to Mexico in the past five months. It handles all aspects of these massive projects, including obtaining the proper cranes, trucks and ships. AIM also ensures all proper permits are obtained by working closely with customs officials.

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