Like most power and communications companies serving the northeastern United States, Verizon had much to do following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy. The company, one of the nation’s largest communications providers, worked not only to keep its networks running during and after the storm, but also to repair extensively damaged communications infrastructure in severely affected parts of New Jersey and New York.

Alagasco may have celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2012, but the company is far from stuck in the past. The natural gas distributor based in Alabama continues to push for innovative ways to serve its customers, including switching to new technology to read meters and supplying fuel for natural gas vehicles (NGV) of all kinds throughout the state.

ArrowStream believes that supply chain and logistics are best optimized by planning ahead. The company’s solutions have integrated transportation and logistics into a single view of the supply chain. ArrowStream’s software oversees the flow through the supply chain, helping customers manage inventory and logistics costs.

It’s no surprise that one of the 50 best-managed companies in Canada, which started as a family owned operation, happens to be one of the most successful businesses in the nation as well.

As one of North America’s fastest-growing fuel logistics companies, 4Refuel Canada LP manages nearly 1 billion liters of fuel annually and is growing at an average rate of 26 percent every year. Founded in 1995 by Jack Lee in Langley, British Columbia, the company has led the direct-to-equipment refueling market for more than 15 years and ranks among Canada’s largest fuel buyers.

Alwyn Smith, president of the U.S. division of Barloworld Handling – the world’s largest independent Hyster lift truck dealer – says the globally recognized and respected brand of its parent company, Barloworld, is one of Handling’s key strengths. The parent firm is headquartered in Sandton, South Africa, and has operations in Europe, the United States and the rest of Africa. “Our ability to leverage resources from an international network of Barloworld companies, all focused on service and solutions for the customer, allows Handling to deliver unmatched value to our clients,” he says.

There are many reasons that lead to a company’s longevity, and for Trinity Transport, its employees 

are the company’s driving force. Celebrating its 30th anniversary

this year, Vice President of Agent Division Billy Banning credits the firm’s success to his father’s vision.

“Ed Banning laid out the foundation for a company that believed in and is empowered by its people,” Billy Banning says.

“That is the main reason why we are here today. People have always been our most valuable asset.”

Automated Distribution Systems’ (ADS) mission statement is: “We treat our customer’s business as our own,” a doctrine the company has proven with its actions as well as words. The Gaffney, S.C./Edison, N.J.-based warehousing and distribution company partners with its customers to save them money and improve service, most notably on all four wall costs and improving speed to market. In addition, ADS’s strict quality achieves 99.85 percent accuracy, it says.

Since its inception in the early 1980s, LTW Intralogistics has maintained a focus on innovation, providing user-friendly stacker cranes to the automated material handling market worldwide. Due to its commitment to quality and meeting the changing needs of its customers, the company has grown to serve customers in more than 30 countries.

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