April 2019

A Ground Beef Processor Focused on Sustainability and Innovation

A Ground Beef Processor Focused on Sustainability and Innovation

Jensen Meat Company

Jensen Meat Company has been a processor of high-quality ground beef products for over 60 years, servicing the retail, food service distribution, restaurant, and school markets. It produces quick frozen and fresh ground beef patties in a variety of shapes, sizes, and fat-to-lean ratios and it partners with a wide range of food distributors.
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Jensen was founded in 1958 by Reggie Jensen, and it was later taken over by Bob Jensen who transformed the company into a grinding operation. The company had previously been in the business of processing and packaging lamb, veal, beef, pork, and fish. However, for the last 28 years, Jensen has focused its attention on ground beef products. Under the leadership of its current CEO, Abel Olivera, the Jensen Team has made the company what it is today.

At the Heart of the Food Industry

At the Heart of the Food Industry

Ford Brothers

Ford Brothers has been a part of the Western New York food industry for many years. The company is celebrating its seventy-fifth year in business, and this landmark anniversary coincides with record growth. The company’s success is not down to one particular product or decision but is based on the diversity and skill of everyone involved.
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The company was founded by Elmer Ford and his sons and then expanded when they took over the business. This development included a slaughterhouse which was built to be the biggest operation in New York State at that time.

A Commitment to Caring for the Land

A Commitment to Caring for the Land

Okray Family Farms

Rainfall doubled in Wisconsin over the past two years. While the rain was pouring down in massive sheets in Wisconsin, fires were blazing across much of California. These changes in climate are impacting the flora and fauna across the U.S. Climate change remains the number one threat to global food systems.
So how is your food supply being impacted by climate change?
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The EPA released a report in 2017 outlining the major challenges that will be faced by all food industries, including agriculture. Migrating pests, changing rainfall levels, plant health and threats to non-food supply species such as bees and butterflies are challenges all farmers must take on. Meanwhile, those in the business of food supply like brokers, supermarkets and transportation providers should be doing everything they can to support farms that are making tangible efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Shaking Up Success in the Ready to Drink Market

Shaking Up Success in the Ready to Drink Market

Black Fly Beverage Co.

When an entrepreneurial husband and wife teamed up to get the first distillery licence granted in 100 years in Ontario, big things – and awesome beverages – were bound to happen. Here’s to good drinking right out of the bottle!
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Vodka cranberry, tequila margarita, Long Island iced tea – we all have our favourite cocktails! And while it’s great to unwind with one, we don’t always have the gumption to put together the ingredients to make one, or want to take the time to go out to a bar for a drink.

A Rising Star in the Automotive Industry

A Rising Star in the Automotive Industry

Xfinity Freight Systems

Xfinity Freight Systems Inc. is a domestic and international automotive transportation and logistics company operating out of Warren, Michigan. The company serves clients across several countries, transporting automotive freight via ground to and from suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. Clientele includes automakers General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the ‘big three’ of the automotive industry.
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Xfinity employs over 120 employees and independent contractors at its headquarters in Michigan and an additional location in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe, in positions ranging from drivers and dispatchers to safety directors, billing coordinators, and key managers. The company has also expanded its operations into Europe and Canada, as well as opening its own repair and maintenance shops – Fleet Pro Truck Repair – on top of fulfilling the logistical needs of customers.

Modern Logistics for Modern Needs

Modern Logistics for Modern Needs

Star Cartage

Star Cartage is a transport, supply chain, and logistics company, hailing from Toledo, Ohio. Customer care and attention to detail are vital, but its true strength lies in its ability to know what the client needs before they do. We spoke with its Chief Executive Officer Dennis Rutherford and Chief Operating Officer Joe Collins.
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Star Cartage is in its third generation of family ownership. Dennis’ father started the business in Toledo, Ohio in 1976 as a small operation with four trucks. Being in a family business has its rewards and drawbacks. “The advantage is that we can all count on each other. The disadvantage is that we can never leave it alone. It is with us whether we are on vacation, or at holiday dinners, but that is how small businesses are built. Each generation has been involved from a young age being a major participant in the business,” says Dennis.

An Advanced Fleet Servicing the Health Science and Automotive Industries

An Advanced Fleet Servicing the Health Science and Automotive Industries

Pegasus Transportation provides a vast array of logistics services, specializing in Just In Time, temperature-sensitive deliveries. The two founders, Dan Lockard and Gary Hanke, had expertise in separate fields and their connections allowed the company to specialize in both the automotive and pharmaceutical industries when it was incorporated in December of 1987.
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In 2015, Lockard and Hanke developed a succession plan and searched for a partner with similar values to theirs. In March 2015, Pegasus Transportation was acquired by CRST International, a freight company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. CRST has eight operating companies, and it prides itself on its ability to serve niche markets, which is one of the reasons it acquired Pegasus.

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Lavalle Transportation (LTI)

The idea of the truck driver has reached a level of romanticism in modern culture: a hard-working fleet of men and women who drive through the night from one end of the country to the other, hauling the necessities of life along with them. While our culture and media tend to amplify the truth of those we admire there is no denying that the workforce behind Lavalle Transportation (LTI) strives to meet the expectations of a demanding public.
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Originally launched in 1994, LTI began its life as a car carrier, transporting automobiles around the country. Founders Randy LaValley and Bill Lavallee made it a point to go above and beyond in meeting the expectations of their customers, and the company, which started with just one truck, quickly expanded its fleet and its service offering. Through steady growth and re-investing in itself, LTI built The LTI Group of companies to offer a holistic, turnkey suite of logistics services to its many clients.

Going the Extra Mile with Innovation

Going the Extra Mile with Innovation

Innovative Transportation Services

Innovative Transportation Services (ITS) is an asset-based transportation provider based in Buffalo, New York. ITS is a subsidiary of Sonwil Logistics, which has been serving western New York State and the surrounding area for over 35 years. Taking pride in its core value of innovation, ITS doesn’t shy away from new technology, even if it means being among the first users.
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“We want to a leading edge transportation provider, and that’s why we are willing to take the risk of being an early adopter when it comes to CNG power, or specialized equipment such as heavy permitted trailers and electric trucks. We want customers to feel like they are working with a forward-thinking, progressive company and not just another diesel truck out there on the road,” says Bill Loupée, Vice President.

Focusing on People

Focusing on People

ICAT Logistics

Now in its 26th year of business, ICAT Logistics has grown from a small outfit into a global player and top Baltimore-area workplace. ICAT Logistics has a total of 18 locations around the United States with several partners located in Asia. The global logistics solutions provider focuses on people: serving clients by turning their problems into solutions, while supporting and developing their teams internally.
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“One of the reasons that we have had consistent growth is that we have been adding the right people to the team,” says Nicole Reed, Marketing Supervisor. “When we hire, we figure out what the person’s greatest strengths are and apply them to the job role so they can thrive in their position. We also onboard growth-oriented agencies. Our ICAT agencies are our partners and are committed to the ICAT model. We provide a great customer experience that not only retains and grows our customer base, but creates a word-of-mouth scenario so our current customers will tell others about the service we provide.”

On-Time Delivery with Safety Top of Mind

On-Time Delivery with Safety Top of Mind

Gemini Transport

Professional truck drivers leave their egos at home and treat the road and those on it with respect, courtesy, and with safety in mind every time. This safety-mindedness and professionalism are the guiding principles that Gemini Transport has adopted for its drivers. The national freight trucking business, with headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, was founded by Goran Petkovich, who started out with two trucks as a general freight trucking company in 2002.
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“Over time, he grew his fleet gradually,” says Leo Caushi, Gemini’s operations manager. “Goran maintains a motto of being a family oriented company … He’s very involved with our day-to-day operations to make sure that our service is top-notch,” he continues. “He considers his employees as part of his extended family.”

Three Generations of Innovation and Integrity

Three Generations of Innovation and Integrity

Fraley & Schilling

American trucking company Fraley & Schilling Inc. (F&S) has worked with its suppliers to create a combination of trucking and hauling equipment that allows the company to take full advantage of the amount of payload it can move, which usually amounts to “ten to fifteen percent more than the average trucking company can handle,” says Executive Vice President Ryan Schilling. He believes that the key to the company’s growth has been forming its identity as “the premier lightweight fleet in America.”
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Fraley & Schilling Inc. was founded in 1955 by Jack Fraley and Earl Schilling. Earl’s farming background led him into the trucking business, which expanded slowly over the following decades. The company began by hauling tractors for agricultural equipment manufacturer Massey Ferguson.

Embracing Change

Embracing Change

Classic Freight Transport is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia but operates across the U.S. and Canada. In an industry where time is of the essence and the stakes are high, this firm has carved out a place for itself as the preferred supplier of many of North America’s finest manufacturers.
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Classic Freight Transport is out to do all it can to uphold ethical business practices and top-notch customer care. Its services include flat deck trucking, intermodal transport, and controlled, round-the-clock warehousing facilities that offer overhead cranes and a fleet of forklifts, boom trucks, and integrated systems to optimize efficiency. It also engages in freight brokerage with a multitude of service options to suit every possible cargo and freight need. Furthermore, in February Classic launched a new van operation to move product for customers from Atlantic Canada throughout North America.

Keeping Our World Moving

Keeping Our World Moving

Muñoz Trucking

In our fast-paced, next-day-delivery world, we rarely stop to think of the colossal logistical apparatus at work. Trucks carry the vast majority of this freight, hauling seventy-one percent of all U.S. domestic tonnage in 2016 according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). In the border city of El Paso, Texas, Muñoz Trucking is working hard to ensure its trucks and drivers keep moving and keep our economy going.
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Like many companies, what would become Muñoz Trucking, Inc. began with one person, Angel Muñoz. Working as a truck driver for over thirty years, he dreamed of one day owning his own company. After he passed away in 1980, his son, Juan Pablo Muñoz, founded the company in 1995 in his father’s memory, and his sister Dolores later joined him in the enterprise. To this day, Muñoz trucks are emblazoned with the label ‘Angel’s Dream.’

Aerodynamic and Environmentally Friendly

Aerodynamic and Environmentally Friendly

Eco Flaps

I had no idea going into this interview with CFO Darron Ming and National Accounts Sales Representative Asa Hazelwood that mudflaps were so relevant to safety on our highways. Eco Flaps, based in Brentwood, Tennessee, is on a mission to save lives and make Class A vehicles on the road more environmentally sound and cost-efficient for drivers and trucking companies.
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The story of Eco Flaps is about what one person can accomplish with an idea. The company began with Barry Anderson, who was a truck driver before going on to become an owner/operator and having drivers work under him. He drove a tanker trailer and worked for Praxair and Linde, working in Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Team that Keeps on Truckin’

The Team that Keeps on Truckin’

Hearn Trucking

Hearn Trucking LLC is a Texas-based, award-winning truckload and transportation services provider. The company offers bulk sand and cement hauling as well as refrigerated trucking and flatbed services, and has grown through reputation, performance, safety and long-standing relationships with both its drivers and customers.
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The company was founded in 1987 by Jack Hearn Jr., the third generation in a long family tradition of trucking. With one truck and plenty of determination, the operation continued to build relationships with customers, as well as grow its fleet size and team of drivers. As of 2007, its offices, truck yard and shop were relocated to a new location in Weatherford, Texas where it is proudly headquartered.

Where Not a Minute is Wasted

Where Not a Minute is Wasted

FW Logistics

American manufacturers, especially those in the food industry, know how hard it can be to fine-tune supply chain management. Finding logistics partners with enough space to use for overflow services can also be easier said than done, and high-quality, food-grade qualified storage can also be hard to come by.
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Chosen as one of 2018’s top one hundred third-party logistics (3PL) providers by Inbound Logistics, FW Logistics is a partner that allows manufacturers to do what they do best, while its experts attend to warehousing, fulfillment, and more.

A Tough Act to Follow

A Tough Act to Follow

CLN Worldwide

Global operators in mid and emerging markets know that their very existence depends on effective supply chain management, and CLN Worldwide is an international authority in the field of freight forwarding, with an impressive list of loyal customers that stand testimony to its long-term commitment to excellence. This company gets multi-modal import and export right, underwritten by the global giant Lloyd’s of London.
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CLN Worldwide’s international reach and over 180 partner offices in more than ninety-five countries across the globe, means that there are few places that this company does not have access. It is, therefore, no wonder that the company is greatly favored for its unique services that add significant value to its customers’ operations in the form of time and financial savings. Not to mention sparing them the hassle of dealing with transportation challenges, Customs, and regulatory bureaucracy.

Keeping Strong in Washington State

Keeping Strong in Washington State

Bekins Northwest

Washington State-based Bekins Northwest offers residential, commercial, and international moving, as well as supplemental services. The company, founded in 1903, is the official mover of the Seattle Seahawks and continues to offer superior service for all its clients.
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Although much remains the same, quite a lot has changed at Bekins Northwest since Business in Focus profiled the firm in September 2016. Perhaps the biggest change is the firm’s size. It now has locations in almost a dozen cities – up from eight in 2016 – and a new corporate headquarters and main distribution warehouse in Tacoma.

Making Opportunities a Reality for America’s Veterans

Making Opportunities a Reality for America’s Veterans

FASTPORT

FASTPORT is a technology company that helps former service members and military family members find careers across America. The company was created to make the transition to civilian life as smooth as possible by supporting veterans through their job search and helping them find their best economic opportunity.
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An American military service member is seated on a plane among civilians and tourists and reflects on his past decade of service. Like so many before him, he has spent years abroad supporting combat and non-combat troops alike. He has picked up pieces of a new language, immersed himself in a new culture, solved complex problems under intense pressure, and bonded with the people he now calls his brothers and sisters.

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