(left to right) Sam Ogle, editor of Automotive Purchasing & Supply Chain Magazine, John Woods, executive vice president of sales for ProTrans, and Peter Wooding, CEO of Three6Zero.
Indianapolis-based ProTrans was selected as 3PL of the Year (an award for third party logistics companies) at the Automotive Global Awards North America 2017, held in April during the Automotive Leaders’ Summit in New Orleans. ProTrans reports:
“These awards reflect the enthusiasm for development and innovation across the whole industry. Encouraging and developing individuals through creativity of ideas, through adaptation and flexibility, through planning and pioneering new ways, through new thoughts and new ideas,” said Peter Wooding, CEO of Three6Zero who organized the awards.
“We are very proud to receive such a prestigious award within the industry. From the tiered suppliers to the OEM manufacturers, ProTrans continues our commitment to meeting the automotive industries’ challenges and delivering technological and cost-effective innovations.” said Shawn Masters, Chief Commercial Officer for ProTrans.
Masters further commented “Over the last year, to meet the specific business needs of our customers, ProTrans has enhanced its proprietary TMS platform, Optimiz, has committed to a new state of the art business intelligence platform and has expanded its North American footprint in strategic areas within North America. Again, thank you to Three6Zero, to our customers and to our employees for helping ProTrans win this exceptional award.”
Hoosiers don’t take lightly the title “Crossroads of America.”
It’s a moniker we’ve earned honestly: The state is in the heart of the Midwest and is one of the top manufacturing states in the country. Going hand-in-hand with manufacturing success are logistics and distribution, and the ability for Hoosier companies to move their goods efficiently and through cost-effective means.
We move products by sea, rail, over the road and through the air to national and global locations. More than 700 million tons of freight is moved annually in Indiana, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
As part of the ongoing Beyond the Bicentennial campaign, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce will release an open letter detailing the necessary policy positions for advancing the state’s Superior Infrastructure, as outlined in the Chamber’s long-range economic development plan Indiana Vision 2025. The letter, to be published on Sept. 27, will be the third in a series of four letters addressed to the major party gubernatorial candidates. Each letter details policies impacting the four drivers of Indiana Vision 2025. Additionally, the Indiana Logistics Summit will return to downtown Indianapolis on Nov. 16-17.
Keynote speaker Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr., United States Maritime Administrator, will address attendees on Nov. 17. Jaenichen was appointed to his position by President Obama in 2014 and is a retired career naval officer. He was a nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, and will be speaking about the National Maritime Transportation Strategy and Marine highway projects.
New to the summit will be a series of educational breakout sessions. These will feature speakers on topics such as: rail, air cargo, barge and trucking industries; going global; innovation; policy; and workforce.
Early discounted registration is open until Sept. 30 (though registration will continue after that date). Visit the web site at www.indianalogistics.com for more information and to register.
We get it: Logistics is a big deal in Indiana. And it’s much more than the “Crossroads of America” moniker.
Logistics plays a key role in several goals within Indiana Vision 2025, the Indiana Chamber’s long-range economic development action plan. The sector employs more than 300,000 people across the state.
Help take logistics to the next level by participating in the 11th Annual Indiana Logistics Summit on October 9-10, co-hosted by Ports of Indiana, Purdue University and Conexus Indiana.
"Asia to Indiana Nonstop" will feature insights from Gov. Pence and state business leaders with a focus on the new intermodal service that could reduce supply chains by a week (BizVoice magazine introduced this initiative earlier this year). Highlights include education sessions (learn strategies to reduce your supply chain costs and more), networking opportunities and an expo.
The event will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Learn more and register at www.indianalogistics.com.
I’m wrapping up the finishing touches on a March/April BizVoice article on logistics initiatives in Indiana, and it highlights the new Logistics Training and Education Center in Plainfield. Inside INdiana Business interviewed Vincennes University President Dick Helton about the development. See the video here:
Vincennes University is dedicating a new Logistics Training and Education Center today in Plainfield. The launch of the facility has been aided by a $500,000 grant from the town. In an interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, VU President Dick Helton talks about the role the center is playing in helping train the state’s logistics workforce.