Benchmarks – July/August 2009

by Array

Monaghan, Ireland-based Combilift Ltd has manufactured its 10,000th four-way forklift, and the landmark vehicle has found a home in Canada. The 11-year-old company recently delivered a 20,000-lb-capacity forklift to wood products producer Weyerhaeuser’s Parallam Mill on Annacis Island, near Vancouver, British Columbia. Weyerhaeuser now operates 130 Combilifts at sites in North America.

The Canadian Pallet Council (CPC) recently honoured two members with its annual awards.

Shawn Lacey, vice-president of logistics and distribution at Metro Ontario Inc, won the 2009 Bernard Brunet Award for Excellence in Pallet Management. Lacey earned the award for his leadership and support as a member of the CPC’s executive committee. Diane Lalonde, returnable transport items technician at Provigo Inc, earned the Les Smith Award for Excellence in Pallet Administration for her work promoting both the CPC and its CTSWEB tracking system in Quebec.

The awards were handed out at the CPC’s annual general meeting in June.

The National Transportation Brokers Association has honoured 10 trucking carriers for excellent service. Polaris Transportation Group received the most overall votes from the association’s membership, earning it the Platinum award. The company also topped the LTL category, followed by Transport N Service and Aberstar Fast Freight Ltd. Forbes Hewlett Transport won the Truckload category, followed by Able Trucking, KBD Transportation and Prouse Trucking. In the Flatbed category, Legacy Express came out on top, followed by Brian Pite Freight and Muskoka Transport.

The Distribution Business Management Association (DBMA), a US-based not-for-profit association dedicated to best practices in distribution and supply chain, has awarded Chiquita Brands International its 2009 Circle of Excellence award, its highest recognition, for environmental protection and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Chiquita earned the honour for its ongoing green efforts, which include reducing its transportation-related carbon emissions throughout North America and maintaining the Chiquita Nature and Community Project, a nature reserve in Costa Rica.