A privately held, family operated business founded in 1973, TFC Recycling has grown from its humble beginnings as Tidewater Fibre Corp. to become Virginia’s largest residential curbside recycler. Today, the company says it provides recycling services for more than 700,000 households in six of Virginia’s largest cities, and it has more than 4,000 commercial customers in Virginia and North Carolina. 

The company is headquartered in Chesapeake, Va., and employs more than 350 people. It also serves greater Richmond from its office in Chester, Va., and it also works from another location in Newport News, Va.

A few years ago, Smart Warehousing began putting the puzzle pieces together around an idea revolutionary to the logistics and warehousing industry: franchising. The foundation for Smart Warehousing’s franchising concept, however, has been well in play since it was founded in 2002. 

The Kansas-based company has grown its warehouse business one client at a time and operates multiple sites in the state. The company is preparing to consolidate some of those facilities into a 570,000-square-foot distribution center at the new  Logistics Park Kansas City center owned by BNSF in Edgerton, Kan.  As the company has grown, it put roots down on both coasts – first in Ontario, Calif., and another in Orlando, Fla. It then began spreading into other Midwest states, such as Missouri, Indiana, Texas and Minnesota. The company has strategically grown in three major ways. A third of its business comes from organic growth, another third via acquisitions and another third by strategically opening up original locations in new markets. 

Some companies like to grow quickly, but not Henningsen Cold Storage Co. Instead, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tony Lucarelli says, the firm prefers to grow at a nice, steady pace and not bite off more than it can chew in its work. 

“The business model has worked for us in terms of stability,” he says. “It’s a measured approach to our growth.”

Based in Hillsboro, Ore., Henningsen offers warehousing and transportation management services to frozen and refrigerated food manufacturing companies. Founder Waldemar F. Henningsen Sr. started the company in 1923 in the Pacific Northwest under the name the Northwestern Ice & Cold Storage Co.

In 1973, Henningsen’s grandson, Michael E. Henningsen, reorganized the company under its current name. Five years later, it built a state-of-the-art warehouse in Twin Falls, Idaho, with plans to build a large customer base in the frozen food industry. Its Twin Falls location is now its largest operation, with more than 12 million cubic feet of frozen storage space.  

The rise of more stringent regulations in the trucking industry is forcing fleet operations to make important calls, so it’s vital they have the data to make those decisions. PeopleNet, an onboard computing and carrier fleet communications provider for the past 19 years, has partnered with trucking operations to give them the tools they need to make crucial choices. 

MTC Logistics is positioning itself to become the premier handler of international temperature-controlled cargo by building a state-of-the-art distribution center at its headquarters in Baltimore. 

“We had been looking for quite some time for the right location and with the closure of the former General Motors assembly plant, a brownfield site was made available to us and it was actually tailor-made for what we wanted to do,” President Brooks Royster says. “We selected this location in order to facilitate the movement of temperature-controlled international cargo through the Port of Baltimore for our customers – both import and export.” 

After 55 years as a McDonald’s franchisee, Caspers Co. knows the importance of giving customers what they want. 

“McDonald’s has always responded to the guests and what their needs are,” Vice President of Community Relations Bob Conigliaro says. “They’re not going to eat something just because we put [it] on the menu.”

For instance, McDonald’s menu evolved according to customer demand. This includes the transition to trans-fat-free cooking oil, healthy fruit smoothies, a wider variety of chicken products, oatmeal and egg white options at breakfast, premium salads and fruit and yogurt parfaits for the health-conscious. “Those will evolve,” Conigliaro says, predicting that more changes will come.

There are many logistics companies, but Legacy Transportation Services sets itself apart from others by concentrating on its relationships with clients, co-founder and President John Migliozzi says. “Excellence in client services has always been our top priority,” he says. 

“There’s a lot of people with trucks out there, but it’s how you help the clients solve their logistics and shipping challenges [that matters],” he says. “We provide comprehensive solutions.” Based in San Jose, Calif., Legacy provides transportation, warehousing, crating, mobile exhibit and rigging services. 

Times were challenging when Kevin Williamson took the reins of RJW Group from his father, Ron. The recession was in full swing when Williamson took control of the company, and one of the first things he had to do was make layoffs. However, as a result of Kevin’s leadership, things have turned around quickly, and not only has Williamson been able to hire again, but the company has grown at a rate of nearly 30 percent for each of the last three years.

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