American Axle & Manufacturing secures its place by working with suppliers in advanced and collaborative capacities. By Eric Slack

Founded in 1994 and built on decades of experience, American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has become a leading global Tier-1 automotive supplier. Thanks to highly engineered, advanced technology products, processes and systems, AAM now provides driveline and drivetrain systems and related components for light trucks, SUVs, passenger cars, crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Air Products and Chemicals is on the road to becoming the world’s best-performing industrial gas company. By Alan Dorich

Air Products is flexible when it comes to serving customers’ needs, Strategic Sourcing Manager Timothy Tulio says. “We have different methods of delivering our products,” he says, noting that this can often be through truck, rail or even through pipelines. “The need determines which is the best option for that particular customer.”

The company also will build a facility adjacent to a client’s location if they have a large demand for a particular product, Tulio adds. “We’ll develop a pipeline over into their facility,” he says.


Enhanced sourcing operations at 3M Canada are playing a big role in its efforts to contribute to 3M’s ongoing growth. By Eric Slack

The 3M name is synonymous with innovation. Best known for products such as Scotch tape, sandpaper, Post-it Notes, Filtrete filters and Meguiar’s car care products, the organization has impacted the lives of people around the globe. Today, the company’s presence extends into industries such as electronics, healthcare, manufacturing and more. In Canada, 3M Canada has been in business since its creation 1951 in Brantford, Ontario. Now, it is headquartered in London, Ontario, and an important piece of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M empire.

“3M Canada employs about 1,800 people across Canada, and I look after strategic sourcing and package engineering with a staff of 30 based in three locations in Ontario,” Manager of Strategic Sourcing Jeff van Geel says.


Jabil Circuit Inc. tackles complex supply chains by offering its customers better solutions than yesterday. By Janice Hoppe

As the third-largest manufacturing services provider in the world, Jabil Circuit Inc. works to continuously improve its network optimization tools and provide its customers with the right answers for their custom supply chain challenges. “Technology is always evolving and today we have an answer for custom supply chains, but it’s not good enough,” Global Supply Chain Vice President Joe McBeth says. “We want to keep making it better and better. Supply chain evolution, speed and the ability to keep up with change are really the new frontiers.”

James Golden and Bill Morean founded Jabil in 1966, merging their first names to create the company name. Jabil’s first major customer was in the auto industry. Jabil served as the manufacturing partner for multiple automotive customers, including Johnson Controls, Webasto and General Motors Co.

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Innovations in the supply chain are allowing ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. to take its services to the next level.
By Eric Slack

Founded in 1929 as a mothproofing company, ServiceMaster may be nearly 90 years old but it thinks more like a start-up. By challenging the way things have always been done, ServiceMaster is developing new innovations to protect and maintain homes and business. At its core, the company is committed to finding better ways to provide outstanding service and customer communication, where, when and how customers want it delivered.

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Topaz prepares for growth as it streamlines its supply chain and sets itself apart with a personal touch.
By Alan Dorich

After more than three decades, Topaz Lighting Corp. sets itself apart from competitors with a personal touch, Vice President of Supply Chain and Global Operations Brad Goodfriend says. “Other companies say the customer comes first – [but] at Topaz, we mean it,” he states.

“Customer-centricity is part of everything we do,” he continues. “When you call Topaz, you get that personalized service akin to a small company, although we continue to grow. We pride ourselves on having developed the reputation of being the easiest company to do business with within our industry.”


After more than 115 years, Sonoco provides packaging for some of the world’s most iconic brands.
By Alan Dorich

If you have ever admired the tall, spiral-wound paper canister that many stacked chips come in, or enjoyed the easy open and reclose features on a variety of snack foods, you have seen the work of Sonoco.

Based in Hartsville, S.C., the company provides consumer packaging, industrial products, protective solutions and display and packaging services for a broad range of clients in a wide range of industries. Sonoco’s history dates back to 1899, when it made paper cones to replace wooden cones for winding yarn in the textile industry, Director of Corporate Logistics Tim Myers says, noting that Sonoco has since grown into a $5 billion global packaging company with 330 locations in 35 countries. “We’re typically No. 1 or No. 2 in most markets that we serve.”


Sanden International (U.S.A.) Inc. implements a new supply chain strategy for a leaner and faster operation.
By Janice Hoppe

Sanden International (U.S.A.) Inc. (SIA) is transitioning to a pull supply chain strategy as its customers continue to minimize their inventory and demand reduced order cycles and lead times. “I think the bigger push in the automotive industry came after the 2009 ‘Lehman Shock,’” Vice President of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Jason Augustyn says. “The focus is now on lean inventory levels, and reducing production time and cycle time. That pressure has been very, very strong as we recovered in North America from post-Lehman shock.”

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