Methods like strategic sourcing enable Pennsylvania-based Talen Energy to find savings and efficiencies in its supply chain.

When people think of a supply chain, they normally get images of the efforts involved to get a part to the right place, on time. But for Talen Energy, the supply chain also involves efforts to drive down demand, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Jim Schinski says.


Great Lakes Dredge & Dock leads in maritime dredging without compromising the safety of its people. By Stephanie Crets

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) Company provides marine dredging and engineering services that not only offer transportation resources for communities around the world – including North America’s largest cities and busiest ports – but also help shape the environment.

Founded in 1890, the company originally focused on the dredging and construction of Chicago’s river lock system and existing shoreline, and on executing work on major city landmarks such as Coney Island, Palm Beach and Atlantic City. Since then, GLDD has grown its service offerings and expanded its global presence well beyond the Chicago area.


Tervita benefits from value-add offered by its suppliers while it prepares for an improving commodity cycle. By Russ Gager

As a waste processing and management company for the Canadian oil and gas industry, Tervita is dependent on the price of oil even if it does not directly distribute it. “Our company has been very diligent the last few years to prepare ourselves for the ups and downs of the market,” declares Juan Herroz Betancourt, vice president of supply chain management and real estate. “We mitigate and manage every dollar wisely, and that is work our staff is used to doing and is doing a fantastic job with.”
    Tervita provides a “comprehensive array of solutions for customers in the oil and gas industry,” Herroz Betancourt explains. “We have strategically positioned waste management facilities across Canada that allow us to treat the waste that is created by the industry in a sustainable fashion.


SAW Engineering takes an open attitude to collaboration with customers and partners on its projects. By Alan Dorich

Whether a project is large or small, SAW Engineering Ltd. makes sure to always deliver a high level of performance, owner and President Stephen Weiderick says. “It’s important for me to show value, even if it is the smallest amount of work,” he says.
    This approach has paid off for the company, which earns the majority of its work through longtime relationships with customers. “My reputation for me is everything, so I have developed a very loyal client base,” Weiderick says. “I have clients that have been with me for 18 years.”


Shell’s Leandra Taylor is helping the company’s engineers understand the impacts their decisions have on the supply chain. By Tim O’Connor

Friends and family members know never to go shopping for a car or piece of furniture without Leandra Taylor. Saving money is an innate part of the 26-year-old’s personality. She spent the first 12 years of her life growing up in Indonesia, watching her mother and other relatives scout out the local market and talk shopkeepers down on price. “Deal-making is kind of engrained in their culture,” she says.
    Cost consciousness was a skill that served Taylor well as she began to seek out a career. She was accepted into the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston in 2009. During her sophomore year she took a mandated course in supply chain, and it instantly spoke to her nature as a deal finder. Within two weeks she decided to make a career of it and joined the college’s supply chain student organization, becoming president the following year. “Something in me lit up and I knew this was something I wanted to do,” she says.

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