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. 

Refrigeration is one of the cornerstone technologies of modern life. Without it, our lives as we know it today would not be possible, and that is certainly true for the producers of fresh fruits and vegetables who depend on interstate commerce to make their living. Cold Train of Overland Park, Kan., is dedicated to making sure growers and producers in the Pacific Northwest have access to refrigerated intermodal services to get their produce from the field to the store without spoiling, and President Steve Lawson says the company expects to continue growing to serve more customers as the transportation world shifts away from over-the-road trucking. 

Berico Fuels has heated homes in Greensboro, North Carolina for the past 90 years and plans to remain a household name by expanding its services and ensuring its customers have comfortable living environments well into the future.

“We have kept our namesake and brand in the community for 90 years,” Vice President of Operations Will Berry says. “Our services have been used by four generations of customers and hope that the tradition of using Berico is passed down to future generations.”

The Greensboro, N.C.- based company was founded in 1924 and began by selling coal to heat homes. Berico later began offering heating oil and kerosene to homeowners in Greensboro, High Point, Eden, Burlington and the surrounding areas in North Carolina. As the years passed, Berico acquired Carolina Fuels, Alamance Oil Co. and Gateco Oil Co. to offer additional services to residential and commercial customers in its service area. 

It is no secret that soil conditions vary from place to place. Those in need of concrete lifting and soil stabilization services need to know that their partner of choice has the experience and skills to tackle unique and complex situations. 

URETEK is one company that has developed a proven track record of performance. The company offers customers the most unique solutions for the most difficult concrete lifting and soil stabilization projects.

The company’s solutions cover a wide range of applications specifically designed to quickly and effectively lift and realign sunken concrete and stabilize weak soils, even those saturated with water.  It can rehabilitate customers’ facilities and infrastructure with solutions that are less disruptive and more cost effective, compared to ripping up and replacing concrete. 

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