It takes a lot of expertise to successfully design a complicated piece of machinery like a lift truck, and Crown Equipment Corp. knows how important this knowledge is. “Award-winning design does not happen by accident,” it declares.

“Crown does thorough research into how operators and businesses use lift trucks, examining every component to assure our forklifts deliver optimal productive use,” Crown states. “This process results in an line of IC and electric lift trucks that have earned the reputation for unsurpassed quality, ergonomics and serviceability.” 

For many supply chain managers, the products they are responsible for do not lose their value in a few days. But for those in the foodservice industry, the freshness of their products is paramount. So working with distribution experts to provide products and ingredients to more than 100 locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica and Dubai needs to be a reliable strategy for Cosí Vice President of Supply Chain Jennifer Silveira.

Established in 1889, Bernhardt Furniture Co. has been in business for 125 years. This makes the company among the country’s largest family owned furniture operations and a leading diversified global furniture manufacturer. And the only thing old about Bernhardt Furniture is its age. The company continually wins awards for product design excellence and it sets standards in environmental sustainability, having earned the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s environmental excellence award for corporate performance. With this reputation and 125 years of tradition in quality, it’s important that the supply chain keeps up. 

Each of the 13 building material supply companies that make up US LBM Holdings LLC are given a great deal of flexibility when it comes to serving customers.  These companies operate their own fleet and distribution centers while partnering with select suppliers based on customer brand preferences.

“We think allowing this flexibility drives creativity and innovation. It also gives us the opportunity to share best practices that work at one company and can be adopted by others,” EVP Supply Chain Randy Aardema says.

Formed in 2009 by LT Gibson with the acquisition of three professional builder supply companies, US LBM Holdings has become the fastest growing building material distribution company in the United States.  The company currently consists of 13 business divisions with more than 70 locations serving 11 states in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Western United States.  US LBM is actively adding acquisitions and new green field locations for current divisions. 

For the management, production and logistics experts at Madden, the sky is the limit.

Madden was founded by Joe Madden in 1957 as a printing company, President Sean Madden explains. Brothers Joe and John Madden transformed their printing into more than a commodity service with their unique and innovative ways to approach customers. “They spent a lot of time simplifying complex processes with lots of elements such as multipage books, binders, manuals and typesetting columns,” Sean Madden says. “They built solutions to integrate these processes and eliminate redundant steps. They applied these techniques for a variety of production needs, especially for high-output pages for training manuals.”

Serving companies in the military, aerospace, medical and industrial sectors, IEC Electronics Corp. understands its products must be “absolutely, positively perfect and on-time,” according to its tagline. But this is no marketing gimmick; IEC is dedicated to delivering only the best electronic manufacturing services because it knows what’s on the line for its customers.

“The markets we deal in are high reliability, mission-critical or life-threatening,” Director of Supply Chain Tiger Biletnikoff explains. “We can’t afford to have anything other than the highest level of quality. Our tagline is how we run our business, day in and day out. There is no other way to run our business successfully.”

HID Global has always been on the forefront of technology in its field. The company provides the industry’s most extensive portfolio of readers, cards, controllers and software to create, manage and use secure identities. HID Global’s open platform supports multiple credential technologies and offers the greatest degree of flexibility and choice in secure access control. 

The company’s worldwide presence supports more than 100 countries and its skills in engineering and manufacturing made it an industry leader, but its supply chain operations were in need of a boost in scalability. Although the company has continued to grow, both organically and through acquisition, supply chain operations was feeling the impact of not keeping pace. For the past two years, HID Global has been focused on upgrading its supply chain. 

Based out of corporate headquarters in Houston and Dubai, Halliburton has been in operation for nearly a century. Founded in 1919, it is now one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the global energy industry. With more than 80,000 employees and working in more than 80 countries, Halliburton serves the upstream oil and natural gas industry all the way from locating hydrocarbons to optimizing production through the life of the field.

Today, the company offers one of the deepest portfolios of products, services and integrated solutions for oil and gas exploration, development and production. Its business is structured to include 13 product service lines (PSLs), which oversee the company’s strategy, technology development, process development, people development and capital allocation. To ensure future success, Halliburton has worked to strengthen its position in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres with several major operating regions, and by adding to its manufacturing capacity, moving closer to key markets, and helping to reduce the costs of moving materials, products, tools and people.

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