New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS) – with more than 12 million cubic feet of refrigerated space among its four facilities in New Orleans; Charleston, S.C.; and Houston – is the oldest cold storage company in North America with 127 years of experience under its belt. Focused on temperature and time-sensitive food products, NOCS continues to thrive by maintaining tight relationships with its clients and simplifying the complex import/export process. 

“There are many challenges in our business,” General Sales Manager Jim Henderson explains. “There are fluctuations in product demand and changes in the food regulations in different countries. We have to be nimble and flexible to react quickly to those changes and come up with solutions for our clients.”

Just like in the United States, Canada’s transportation industry is feeling the sting of the driver shortage. The natural attrition resulting from an aging workforce has yet to be filled by an influx of younger workers. Margaret Hogg, owner and general manager of JG Drapeau, says the industry should look to a viable half of the workforce that it is currently ignoring. 

“The driver shortage challenge is something we’re all going through,” Hogg says. “We are trying to recruit more women. There is an organization called Women with Drive, organized by Trucking HR Canada, that is trying to recruit more women.”

If something has wheels, the odds are that it needs tires. And, if something needs tires, the odds are that Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. has whatever it needs to keep those tires on the road. Vice President of Manufacturing Brian Hayes says one of the primary reasons the company has been successful for more than 75 years is that it has a nearly limitless scope of tire-related products and services. “We sell everything from a wheelbarrow tire all the way up to the largest mining tires,” he says. 

The company was founded in 1936 by Robert M. Purcell, who opened the first location in Washington, Mo. Fifteen years later, he opened the company’s second location in Granite City, Ill., and the third location in DeSoto, Mo., followed in 1964. Today, Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. has more than 65 locations that stretch from Pennsylvania to Nevada, and it is the third-largest independent commercial tire dealership in North America. 

For Perry Ellis International, variety – in its brand portfolio as well as its supply and shipping base – is truly the spice of life. “Our strength is in our sourcing capabilities, design capabilities and the array of brands we can offer to customers and consumers,” Executive Vice President Joseph Roisman says. “Our diverse multi-channel distribution model is what has enabled the company to be successful.” The company’s brands can be found in regional, national and international department stores, national and regional chain stores, mass merchants and specialty stores throughout North America as well as in Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, the company says.

Perry Ellis International’s retail partners include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kohl’s, Walmart and J.C. Penney. The company also operates 67 branded stores and outlets and offers products online. “During the recession, the luxury market suffered, but also being in mid-tier and department stores helped us, as we were able to shift from one market segment to another,” Roisman adds. 

Now is an exciting time for Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing Co. as it rolls out an assortment of new and exciting off-road products for worldwide customer satisfaction. 

Honda of South Carolina had been producing about 100,000 all-terrain vehicles per year. In 2014, it is slated to produce 125,000, says Brian Newman, president of Honda of South Carolina. The increased production is the result of Honda of South Carolina adding side-by-side vehicles to its manufacturing lines in June 2013. These one-, two-, three- or four-person four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles are produced as either recreational or utility models.

Since incorporating in 1997, Honda of South Carolina has produced more than 2.5 million ATVs, with 70 percent sold in the United States and 30 percent exported to several countries. 

Goggin Warehousing doesn’t have the luxury of picking and choosing customers that fit into a narrow niche, though surely it would make the full-service 3PL’s job much easier. However, as the company continues on an aggressive path to grow as a regional provider, Goggin Warehousing has learned that having the flexibility to mesh with a variety of needs is the best route to take. 

“We’ve always been very successful with many different types of logistical projects and one of the things we do really well is warehousing,” President Keith Bellenfant says. “We started with one facility in 1998 and our founder/chairman Tommy Hodges and CEO Jack Coop have done an outstanding job of growing the company to 23 warehouses by providing a framework and structure that has allowed for a model of growth. We’ve always been a great local warehousing company to many communities, and now we’re trying to extend our role and become more of a regional solutions provider that will help expand our scope and range of business.” 

Frozen Food Express (FFE) can trace its beginnings to 1948, when it started as a refrigerated less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier with operations in Texas and the Midwest. Between 1971 and the mid-1990s, the company went public, made several acquisitions and got into full truckload (FTL) operations. But over the past year, the company has gone through a transition.

In July 2013, Duff Brothers Capital acquired FFE and took it private. Duff Brothers also owns KLLM Transport Services, one of the largest refrigerated carriers in the U.S. Based out of Jackson, Miss., KLLM’s focus is FTL operations. FFE has temperature-controlled warehouses around the country and is based in Dallas. “We merged our full truckload operations with KLLM’s and kept LTL operations under FFE,” President and CEO Russell Stubbs says. 

“We now have approximately 1,000 trucks,” he adds. “We’re the only temperature-controlled LTL that can directly serve all of the lower 48 states.”

When industrial business owners and warehouse managers consider their expenses, one big-ticket item often flies beneath the radar: lighting. “A lot of executives don’t notice their lighting operating expenses and are surprised how much it costs them,” Contemporary Energy Solutions owner Tony Vlastelica says. “It can be significant.”

Contemporary Energy Solutions has completed lighting projects for more than 400 clients since the company started in 2011. It is known for helping clients eliminate waste from their operations and improve their bottom line. Clients save money on energy bills with more efficient lights while optimizing their workspaces with better lighting for worker safety. 

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