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Ash Dais Joins Hanson Logistics as Manager of Chicago Consolidation Center

Jeff Frazier Promoted to Regional Vice President
Ash Dais has joined Hanson Logistics as General Manager of the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center. Dais fills the position opened by the promotion of Jeff Frazier to Regional Vice President – Indiana. … More

Hanson Logistics Expands Sustainability Effort with LED Retrofit Project

Logansport and Lafayette Warehouse Facilities, Chicago Consolidation Center Expansion, Will Feature Energy-Saving Lighting Fixtures
Hanson Logistics has announced plans for a large-scale industrial lighting retrofit project that will drastically reduce electrical power consumption and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. … More

Hanson Logistics Implements Infor10 SCE for Greater Customer Inventory Visibility, Order Traceability, and Productivity

Infor10 Supply Chain Execution Provides Enhanced Transparency to Facilitate Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, today announced the company is implementing Infor10 Supply Chain Execution (Infor10 SCE) system as a key component in Hanson’s warehousing best practices. … More

Hanson Logistics Begins Chicago Expansion for Growing Velocities™ MVC

New Customer Demand Behind Addition of 12,000 Pallet Positions to Chicago Consolidation Center
The decision to make east of Chicago the domicile for Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program has been validated once again, as Hanson Logistics announced today the Phase 3 expansion of the company’s temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center. … More

Chris Hughes and Bob Koerner Named to Hanson Logistics Board of Directors


Officials at Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature controlled supply chain services, have announced the appointment of Chris Hughes and Bob Koerner to the Board of Directors of the growing third-party logistics company. … More

Michigan Agricultural Growers’ Solution to All Cold Storage Needs


When it comes to capturing the flavor of Michigan’s agricultural products, Hanson Logistics’ deep freeze is the answer for berries, cherries, apples, carrots, peas and many other crops. … More

Hanson Logistics to Invest $2MM in Decatur Fruit Processing Facility


Hanson Logistics announced a $2,000,000 expansion to the company’s Decatur, Michigan facility used for cold storage, mixing and packaging by Dole Packaged Foods. … More

The Frozen Chosen: Hanson Gears Up for Capacity Demand With Expanded Facility and Transportation Services


With refrigerated transportation indexes pointing to pending capacity restraints and Chicago area warehousing needing additional deep frozen, high-turn space, Hanson Logistics announced it has taken several key steps in its single-source marketing program. … More

Hanson Logistics Named 2010 Top 85 3PLs by Food Logistics


Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of third party temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today the company has been named to Food Logistics’ 2010 Top 85 3PLs. Food Logistics, which focuses on the movement of product through the food supply chain, announced the fifth-annual listing of the Top 85 3PLs in its July/August 2010 issue. … More

Hanson Logistics To Expand Chicago Consolidation Center


Hanson Logistics announced today the company is expanding its temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center, located in Hobart, Indiana. The Phase II expansion is due in large part to the growth of the Hanson Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program, launched in 2008. … More

Hanson Logistics Welcomes Omaha Steaks To The Chicago Consolidation Center

Premier Gourmet Foods Brand Calls on Hanson For Midwest Store Door Delivery
Hanson Logistics, a leader in temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today that Omaha Steaks is now utilizing Hanson Logistics for distribution of inventory to support twenty-one of their retail stores in the greater Midwest market region. … More

Hanson Logistics Named 2009 Top 70 3PLs by Food Logistics


Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of third party temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today the company has been named to Food Logistics’ 2009 Top 70 3PLs. Food Logistics, which focuses on the movement of product through the food supply chain, announced the fourth-annual listing of the Top 70 3PLs in its July/August 2009 issue. … More

Larkin Named Vice President of Business Development


Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today the appointment of Blake R. Larkin to the company’s management team as Vice President of Business Development. Larkin is a seasoned executive with an extensive background in all aspects of supply chain design and management. … More

St. Joseph, Mich., March 31, 2014

Ash Dais Joins Hanson Logistics as Manager of Chicago Consolidation Center

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Officials at Hanson Logistics announced today that Ash Dais has joined the company as General Manager of the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center. Dais fills the position opened by the promotion of Jeff Frazier to Regional Vice President – Indiana.

Dais is a veteran of the temperature-controlled supply chain services industry with an extensive background in all aspects of supply chain management. His 15 years in the industry includes positions at Total Logistics Control (TLC), as Senior Logistics Supervisor for Con Agra Operation in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Ash has worked as an Inventory Control Manager, Systems Applications Manager rising to Operations Manager, and then as Distribution Center Manager at Ryder Integrated Logistics - Sara Lee Operation in Macon, Georgia.

Dais will be responsible for managing all warehouse activities, costs, operations and forecasts, as well as customer communications and inter-company department communications. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Dais offers expertise in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry with a proficiency in Lean/Six Sigma and “continuous cost improvement”.

Previous facility manager Jeff Frazier joined the company in 2003 and has been instrumental in the success of Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center, from design phase and construction to the oversight of two expansions. Jeff will take on the responsibility of overseeing all three (3) of our Indiana facilities (Hobart, Lafayette, Logansport).

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St. Joseph, Mich., 05.14.2013

Hanson Logistics Expands Sustainability Effort with LED Retrofit Project

Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, has announced plans for a large-scale industrial lighting retrofit project that will drastically reduce electrical power consumption and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The metal halide lighting that is traditionally used in refrigerated warehouses is being replaced in Hanson’s Logansport and Lafayette, Indiana facilities with state-of-the-art Orion Energy Systems LED fixtures. These solid-state fixtures emit a natural white light and their re-strike time is immediate. In addition to reducing electrical power consumption, LED lights allow for a reduction in the number of fixtures without compromising quality and brightness of light. Savings will also be achieved by the virtually zero maintenance or replacement costs for LED bulbs or ballasts for up to 20 years.

The Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center is currently undergoing a 100,000 sq. ft. expansion that will increase the facility’s total storage capacity to 11,000,000 cu. ft. This expansion, slated for completion in the third quarter of 2013, will also feature Orion’s LED lighting fixtures.

“The temperature-controlled supply chain is energy intensive, requiring refrigerated trucks and facilities,” said Hanson President Andrew B. Janson. “Our investment in the latest refrigeration technology, together with LED retrofitting, is part of our ongoing effort to reduce energy while still assuring utmost food safety.”

The switch to LED lighting fixtures is a part of Hanson’s long-term sustainability initiative. By working with Orion Energy Systems, Hanson will achieve maximum electricity savings while maintaining safe levels of lighting. This increased efficiency will drastically decrease Hanson’s kilowatt hours (kWH), saving energy and significantly contributing to environmental sustainability.

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St. Joseph, Mich., 04.17.2013

Hanson Logistics Implements Infor10 SCE for Greater Customer Inventory Visibility, Order Traceability, and Productivity

Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, today announced the company is implementing Infor10 Supply Chain Execution (Infor10 SCE) system as a key component in Hanson’s warehousing best practices. Infor10 SCE enhances warehousing efficiency, inventory and order transparency, while also facilitating compliance with safety regulations regarding food product storage and handling.

News Points

  • Hanson Logistics will utilize the warehouse management, labor management, and 3PL billing functionality of Infor10 SCE to enable product traceability, proactively meeting the increasingly stringent USDA and FDA tracking regulations.
  • Infor10 SCE provides greater visibility into inventory and operations, enabling faster and more informed business decisions with regard to inventory management, as well as improved shipment accuracy.
  • ION Event Management will send automatic, real-time event notifications detailing status changes of stored items, facilitating enhanced customer service through more open, instant communication.
  • Hanson Logistics’ network-wide implementation of the Infor10 SCE, began with the company’s flagship Chicago Consolidation Center and will continue through the company’s other Michigan and Indiana facilities.

“This is a strategic step in our mission to be the Midwest leader in food logistics,” said Andrew B. Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “Our investment in this technology, together with the alignment of our processes to the Global Food Safety Initiative and BRC Compliance, assures our customers and our customer's customer that transparency, efficiency and food safety are priorities throughout our organization.”

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St. Joseph, Mich., March 19, 2013

Hanson Logistics Begins Chicago Expansion for Growing Velocities™ MVC

The decision to make east of Chicago the domicile for Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program has been validated once again, as Hanson Logistics announced today the Phase 3 expansion of the company’s temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center, located in Hobart, Indiana. This third expansion in 5 years reflects the rising momentum of Hanson’s Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program, a solution to the on-demand complexity of filling multiple SKU frozen food orders shipping to all major retail, wholesale, and foodservice DCs throughout the US. Construction of the project will be handled by Fort Wayne, Indiana based Tippmann Construction.

“It was a new business model in an unproven location,” said Andrew Janson, president, Hanson Logistics, referring to the company’s 2007 decision to build a new consolidation center on the unorthodox east side of Chicago. “We were, pardon the pun, breaking new ground in terms of both traditional refrigerated warehousing service and predictable warehouse location. There are many Hanson associates to thank for their ‘Yes, We Can!’ commitment in making this vision a reality.”

The 100,000 sq. ft. expansion, slated for completion in the third quarter of 2013, will feature energy saving LED lighting, 12,000 new pallet positions and 14 ‘in-swing dock doors’. This innovative receiving dock allows the trailer doors to be opened from inside the facility, reducing loading times, energy loss, and increasing food security. The Chicago Consolidation Center will increase to 11,000,000 cu. ft, virtually all of which is devoted to high-volume throughput, including flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross docking of temperature-controlled food products. The Hanson Transportation Management Services and refrigerated truck fleet operates from the facility, and provides inbound, shuttle service and nationwide truckload and less-than-truckload service. Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program encompasses Walmart’s Vendor Pool 391, with scheduled vendor-shared truckloads to all major retail, wholesale and foodservice distribution centers throughout the US.

“It’s great to be working with the Hanson Logistics team on this expansion,” said John Tippmann, Jr., President of Tippmann Group. “We’ve known them for a long time as colleagues in the industry, and we are looking forward to providing them with an excellent addition to their building.”

Located adjacent to the I-80, I-94 and I-65 interchange in northwest Indiana, the Chicago Consolidation Center offers the optimum combination of location, business climate, and robust infrastructure. Velocities has become the ‘go-to’ consolidation program in the greater Midwest for mid-tier food manufacturers that are unable by their order mix to achieve the economies of truckload delivery.

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11.07.2012

Chris Hughes and Bob Koerner Named to Hanson Logistics Board of Directors

St. Joseph, Mich., November 07, 2012 — Officials at Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature controlled supply chain services, have announced the appointment of Chris Hughes and Bob Koerner to the Board of Directors of the growing third-party logistics company.

Mr. Hughes is the founder/principal of Sherborn Ventures, LLC, a supply chain advisory firm focused on providing high-quality strategic management expertise and value to private equity and family office funds within the specialized third-party provider industry. He has 23 years of strategic, operational, and growth-based supply chain management experience across a variety of industries, having previously served as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Americold Logistics and Senior Director of Global Supply Chain and U.S. Logistics at Avon Products.

Mr. Hughes is a past board member of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Logistics Advisory Board, and is currently an active faculty member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University.

Mr. Koerner has more than 35 years of experience in the logistics industry. He is the former President of Power Logistics and Power Packaging. He founded The ProSource Group in 1998, which he later sold to Total Logistics Control (TLC) and then became CEO of TLC. Mr. Koerner retired from TLC in 2008 and formed BK Partners, Inc. which specializes in helping supply chain companies grow their enterprise value.

Mr. Koerner graduated from United Electronics Institute and majored in business at the University of Louisville. He has served on the Board of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and on the Government Affairs Committee for the International Warehouse and Logistics Association. He has also served on the Board of Prime Distribution Services.

“We are fortunate to have these industry leaders as new members of our board,” said Andrew B. Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “Their proven leadership and industry expertise will be invaluable as Hanson Logistics continues to provide its customers with a broader reach and a broader range of services.”

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06.21.2011

Michigan Agricultural Growers’ Solution to All Cold Storage Needs

St. Joseph, Mich., June. 21, 2011 — When it comes to capturing the flavor of Michigan’s agricultural products, Hanson Logistics’ deep freeze is the answer for berries, cherries, apples, carrots, peas and many other crops.

Ensuring Michigan’s agricultural products get from the farm to the table in the best, most flavorful condition is crucial for the continued success of farmers, as well as the state. Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry, generating $71.3 billion for the state’s economy and employing roughly one million residents.

No other Michigan-based warehouse company has invested more in the past two years to support farmers, and Hanson Logistics intends to remain the growers’ go-to cold storage solution.

“This is where it all began,” said Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “We are firmly committed to providing best-in-class storage and distribution for the agricultural community, many of whom have been our customers for more than 50 years.”

The company’s most recent investment includes a new refrigeration system upgrade for its Hart, Mich., warehouse. New 630-ton evaporative condensers are more energy efficient, using less water and power to keep the 6 million cubic feet facility at -10F. At -10F, fruit and vegetable flavor is locked in for longer periods, allowing growers to distribute their annual crop over the coming year to markets throughout the world.

Countries everywhere rely on Michigan’s vast agricultural production. With more than 53,000 farms, the state ranks second nationally in diverse agriculture production and fifth in processed vegetable production. Michigan is the leading producer of 19 commodities, including blueberries, tart cherries and Niagara grapes.

In addition to cold storage, Hanson Logistics also can play a role in distribution, with both its own trucks as well those managed by Hanson Transportation Management Services.

“It’s pretty much a ‘one call does it all’ service,” Janson said. “Growers need to know there’s room for them when it’s harvest time. That’s why we’re here.”

“With the new regulations contained in the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in January, our customers demand that we operate safe and efficient facilities. The bottom line: There is no room for error, and Hanson takes that approach seriously.”

The Hart investment caps two years and significant investment of improvements to Hanson’s Hart, Decatur and Hartford facilities. All three are located in prime farmland and designed specifically for agricultural support. The locations provide easy rail access and efficient outbound transportation, along with Excellent Ratings from the American Sanitation Institute, which is important for Michigan farmers. The state’s agricultural producers export about one-third of their commodities each year. Michigan ranks fifth and eighth respectively for national exports of fruits and vegetables.

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02.16.2011

Hanson Logistics to Invest $2MM in Decatur Fruit Processing Facility

Expansion Supports Dole Packaged Foods, Michigan Growers

St. Joseph, Mich., Feb. 16, 2011 — Hanson Logistics announced today a $2,000,000 expansion to the company’s Decatur, Michigan facility used for cold storage, mixing and packaging by Dole Packaged Foods.

Hanson Logistics reached an extended lease and service support agreement with Dole Packaged Foods, which includes facility enhancements for higher volume fruit storage, mixing and packaging. Dole Packaged Foods utilizes the facility to mix frozen California fruit with Michigan fruit to reduce supply chain costs and better serve its customers. In addition to being positive economic news for southwest Michigan, the increased processing capacity will draw more from the Michigan agricultural community.

“This is certainly great news for the Michigan fruit growers, as well Hanson Logistics,” commented Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “We’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Dole Packaged Foods during the past several years and to extend our agreement to 11 years is a great vote of confidence in all Hanson teammates and the Michigan infrastructure.”

Dole Packaged Foods is headquartered in Westlake Village, California with its Frozen Foods operations in Atwater, California and is a division of Dole Food Company, Inc. In addition to fresh fruits, Dole packages frozen foods such as blackberries, blueberries, dark sweet cherries, mixed berries, mixed fruit, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, peaches, mango, tropical mixed fruit and wild blueberries.

“The team at Hanson Logistics provides the quality logistics support consistent with the Dole global brand,” said Jon Rodacy, Dole Packaged Foods Vice President & General Manager. “We look forward to our continuing partnership.”"

Hanson Logistics network of Michigan warehouses will play a key role in supplying Dole-Michigan with much of the fruit utilized in their products. Located south of I-94 in a prime agricultural area, the Decatur facility has a capacity of 1.4 million cu. ft. that includes food-processing space. The frozen and refrigerated facility can accommodate 7,500 pallet positions configured for bulk and processed fruit and vegetables.

Decatur is one of eight Hanson Logistics temperature-controlled facilities in a network designed to support agricultural production and storage of food products, as well as high-velocity finished goods distribution for CPG companies.

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09.28.2010

The Frozen Chosen: Hanson Gears Up for Capacity Demand With Expanded Facility and Transportation Services

St. Joseph, Mich., September 28, 2010 – With refrigerated transportation indexes pointing to pending capacity restraints and Chicago area warehousing needing additional deep frozen, high-turn space, Hanson Logistics announced it has taken several key steps in its single-source marketing program.

First and foremost, the company has completed its expansion of the temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center, located in Hobart, Indiana. Consisting of new office areas and 2,517,000 cu. ft. of warehousing space, the expansion includes 8,000 new pallet positions, staging and dock space for frozen and refrigerated foods. The flagship Chicago Consolidation Center is a three-phase, 14.5 million cu. ft. facility now in its third full year of operation. The state-of-the-art complex is designed specifically for high-volume throughput, including flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross docking of temperature-controlled food products.

Secondly, Hanson has expanded its transportation management services. Don Romniak has joined the Hanson team as the Director of Distribution Services. Don, who is stationed at the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center, brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to the department, and will play a large role in the future success of Hanson transportation. The company is also implementing an electronic payment process for its carrier community.

“We really do work tirelessly to be a carrier friendly organization,” said Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “We make every attempt to tender the best loads to the best carriers, to reduce dwell time at our docks, and to treat drivers with respect, including fast payment.”

Hanson Transportation Management Services provides inbound, shuttle service, national truckload service, as well as Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC). Velocities™ delivers scheduled shared truckloads to major retail, wholesale and foodservice distribution centers throughout the U.S.

The Chicago Consolidation Center and Velocities™ bring ‘final mile’ and national distribution efficiency to food manufacturers of all sizes, including mid-tier volumes that are traditionally unable to gain the economies of truckload delivery. The facility will be built out in three phases with a total of 45,000 pallet positions in deep frozen (-20°F) to (0°F) frozen and (28- 42°F) cooler areas. For additional information on Phase II opportunities, call 1.888.772.1197.

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08.19.2010

Hanson Logistics Named 2010 Top 85 3PLs by Food Logistics

St. Joseph, Mich., August 19, 2010 – Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of third party temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today the company has been named to Food Logistics’ 2010 Top 85 3PLs. Food Logistics, which focuses on the movement of product through the food supply chain, announced the fifth-annual listing of the Top 85 3PLs in its July/August 2010 issue.

“We are pleased to be included in this select list with other top-leading third-party providers,” said Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “The expansion of our Chicago Consolidation Center, together with our Velocities&tm; Consolidation Program, positions Hanson Logistics as a growing and leading resource for end-to-end supply chain solutions, and we appreciate the readers and editors of Food Logistics recognizing our organization in this manner.”

Food Logistics first compiled its list of top third-party logistics providers in 2006. These 3PLs offer a broad scope of services and capabilities that enable food companies to reduce costs, increase flexibility and improve service levels. This is the second consecutive year Hanson Logistics has been included in the list.

“Food distribution is a very complex business and 3PLs play a crucial role in the supply chain,” explains Katherine Doherty, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics magazine. “While most 3PLs have felt the effects of the economic downturn, the Top 85 continue to respond to their customers’ needs and rise to the logistical challenges that today’s food organizations face.”

Food Logistics’ editors created this listing through research, nomination and submission forms from end users, solution providers, and industry analysts. Final recipients are featured in the cover story of the July/August issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

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02.23.2010

Hanson Logistics To Expand Chicago Consolidation Center

Velocities™ Growth, New Clients Spur Need for Additional Space

St. Joseph, Mich., Hanson Logistics announced today the company is expanding its temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center, located in Hobart, Indiana. The Phase II expansion is due in large part to the growth of the Hanson Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program, launched in 2008. Hanson Logistics expects to break ground in March with opening scheduled for September 2010.

Consisting of new office areas and 2,517,000 cu. ft. of warehousing space, the expansion will add more short-term storage, 7,800 pallet positions, staging and dock space for frozen and refrigerated foods. The flagship Chicago Consolidation Center is a three-phase, 14.5 million cu. ft. facility now in its third full year of operation. The state-of-the-art complex is designed specifically for high-volume throughput, including flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross docking of temperature-controlled food products. From there, Hanson Transportation Management Services provides inbound, shuttle service, national truckload service, as well as Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC). Velocities delivers scheduled shared truckloads to major retail, wholesale and foodservice distribution centers throughout the US.

“Location, growing pool participation and proven on-time performance have created an increasing demand for our value-added services,” said Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “We are proactive in meeting customer needs with scalable solutions, assuring all clients benefit from Hanson ‘Yes, We Can!’ service.”

Hanson Logistics identified the I-80, I-94 and I-65 corridor in northwest Indiana, specifically the area of Hobart, as offering customers the optimum combination of location, business climate, and robust infrastructure. The Chicago Consolidation Center and Velocities brings ‘final mile’ efficiency to food manufacturers of all sizes, including mid-tier volume who are traditionally unable to gain the economies of truckload delivery.

Headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, Hanson Logistics is a leading provider of temperature-controlled supply chain services, and is one of the largest privately-held refrigerated warehouse networks in the country, with 9 facilities totaling 38,000,000 cu. ft. of deep frozen, refrigerated and dry warehousing space.

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01.27.2010

Hanson Logistics Welcomes Omaha Steaks To The Chicago Consolidation Center

Premier Gourmet Foods Brand Calls on Hanson For Midwest Store Door Delivery

St. Joseph, MI . . . Hanson Logistics, a leader in temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today that Omaha Steaks is now utilizing Hanson Logistics for distribution of inventory to support twenty-one of their retail stores in the greater Midwest market region.

Hanson Logistics manages inventory, order mixing and direct store delivery to Omaha Steaks’ Midwest network of retail outlets. Omaha Steaks is one in a growing number of premier brands using the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center, home to the Hanson Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC) Program.

Located near the I-80/94 and I-65 exchange in Hobart, Indiana, the three-year old facility takes advantage of the relatively congestion-free east side of Chicago and is strategically located for efficiently replenishing top retail and foodservice companies. In Velocities™ MVC, Hanson operates a scheduled distribution system, picking orders from cross-docked and forward inventory, then consolidating LTL shipments into a collaborative, multi-vendor truckload. Food manufacturers benefit from a shared truckload rate and a scheduled delivery; retailers and foodservice consignees reduce dock congestion and stock outs. Transportation service also includes inbound shuttles from food manufacturers, national truckload service and Chicago area deliveries.

“Omaha Steaks is a world-class brand known for superior quality and service,” said Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “We are delighted to have them on board and committed to assuring Hanson ‘Yes We Can!’ service with every delivery.”

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08.25.2009

Hanson Logistics Named 2009 Top 70 3PLs by Food Logistics

St. Joseph, MI . . . Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of third party temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today the company has been named to Food Logistics’ 2009 Top 70 3PLs. Food Logistics, which focuses on the movement of product through the food supply chain, announced the fourth-annual listing of the Top 70 3PLs in its July/August 2009 issue.

“We are pleased to see Hanson Logistics included in this select list with other top-leading third-party providers,” said Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “Our growing footprint and scope of national distribution services, together with our Velocities™ Consolidation Program, positions Hanson Logistics as a leading resource for end-to-end supply chain solutions, as we appreciate the readers and editors of Food Logistics recognizing our organization in this manner.”

Food Logistics first compiled its list of top third-party logistics providers in 2006. These 3PLs offer a broad scope of services and capabilities that enable food companies to reduce costs, increase flexibility and improve service levels. This is the first year Hanson Logistics has been included in the list.

“Food and beverage companies and their third-party logistics counterparts are discovering win-win successes being felt throughout the supply chain—right into the back offices of financials, sales, marketing and IT,” explained Katherine Doherty, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics magazine. “Selecting the right 3PL is vital to the success of a company’s overall
operations—it’s a long-term commitment.”

Food Logistics’ editors created this listing through research, nomination and submission forms from end users, solution providers, and industry analysts. Final recipients are featured in the cover story of the July/August issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

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08.17.2009

Larkin Named Vice President of Business Development

St. Joseph, MI . . . Hanson Logistics, a leading provider of temperature-controlled supply chain services, announced today the appointment of Blake R. Larkin to the company’s management team as Vice President of Business Development. Larkin is a seasoned executive with an extensive background in all aspects of supply chain design and management. Mr. Larkin fills a position vacated by Andrew Janson upon his recent promotion to President of the growing company.

Mr. Larkin brings to Hanson Logistics nearly 20 years of experience in the food and logistics industry. Early in his career, Mr. Larkin joined Dole Food Company as a senior Financial Analyst, rising to General Manager of Logistics Services, Fresh Vegetables Division. Mr. Larkin joins Hanson after having spent the past 10 years with Millard Refrigerated Services in Omaha Nebraska. Mr. Larkin served as Director of Transportation Development and most recently as Vice President of Business Development.

Mr. Larkin will focus on developing new business opportunities in the temperature-controlled market and strengthening relationships with existing Hanson Logistics’ customers. He will utilize his expertise in developing supply chain solutions that improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase profitability for Hanson Logistics’ growing portfolio of clients.

“We are extremely pleased that Blake is joining our organization,” said Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “His expertise and enviable track record of customer-centric success are admirable qualities that make Blake a great addition to our leadership team.”

Mr. Larkin received his BA from Weber State University and his MBA from Brigham Young University – Marriott School of Management. Fluent in Spanish and very active in his church, Mr. Larkin is a long-standing member of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals.

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