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RYAN SMITH JOINS HANSON AS HR DIRECTOR

Ryan SmithAndrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics, announced today that Ryan Smith has joined the company in the newly created position of Director of Human Resources.

Ryan brings more than 15 years of human resources related experience to Hanson Logistics having worked for Whirlpool Corporation for the last 16 years. With additional expertise in “integrated supply chain” activities, Ryan worked at Whirlpool Corporations world headquarters, as well as the company’s Clyde, Ohio plant, providing day-to-day and strategic human resource support for a 500 employee, multi-site business unit.

Ryan brings a proven track record of focus on company culture along with improving Teammate engagement and developing continuous improvement strategies. Ryan is a 1999 graduate of Grand Valley State University, and has a MBA from Western Michigan University with a focus in Human Resources Management.

As part of Ryan’s overall responsibilities, Ryan will also be supporting sister company Hanson Mold, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Ryan, wife Traci, daughters Ellie (12), Lanie (10) and son Henry (8) reside in St. Joseph Michigan.

 

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REFRIGERATED WAREHOUSES ELECTS NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS


New officers and board members were appointed to their respective board positions at the annual 126th IARW-WFLO Convention, held April 22-25 in California. … More

Hanson Logistics to Global Cold Chain Expo Attendees: Keep Trucking


Attendees of the Global Cold Chain Expo were treated to view of the wheels underneath food distribution safety. Hanson Logistics drove the company’s state of the art truck to park squarely in the center display for all to climb aboard. … More

Hanson Logistics to Build in Blueberry Capital

Plans for New Deep Frozen Warehouse in South Haven, Michigan Get Green Light
In a time when many companies are scaling back brick-and-mortar investments, Hanson Logistics announces a new temperature-controlled facility that will soon be serving fruit and vegetable growers and processors in Southwest Michigan. … More

Hanson Logistics Board of Directors Welcomes Terry Brown and Mark Eriks


Merlin Hanson, Chairman of the Board for Hanson Logistics, leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, has announced that Terry Brown and Mark Eriks have been appointed to the company’s board of directors. … More

Hanson Logistics Expands Chicago Consolidation Center Again

Phase 4 Expansion Adds 12,000 Pallet Positions to Velocities™ MVC Program
Replicating an expansion completed early in 2013, Hanson Logistics has broken ground on additional deep frozen storage capacity in the company’s Chicago Consolidation Center. This is the fourth expansion in seven years, reflecting the company’s ongoing investment in the Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program. … More

Hanson Logistics President Andrew Janson Elected to IARW Board of Directors


New officers and board members of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) were elected for the 2014-2015 calendar year at the IARW-WFLO Annual Convention & Expo. Among those named to the Board of Directors was Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. … More

St. Joseph, Mich.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REFRIGERATED WAREHOUSES ELECTS NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics, to Serve as Treasurer

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New officers and board members were appointed to their respective board positions at the annual 126th IARW-WFLO Convention, held April 22-25 in California. Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics, a three year board member of the IARW, was nominated and then elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the IARW Board. In 2017 Andy will serve as Treasurer, 2018 Vice Chairman and then in 2019, serve as Chairman of the IARW (International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses).

“I am very much humbled and at the same time quite honored to serve on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses with some incredible colleagues from around the world,” said Janson. “Having worked in this industry for more than twenty years and learned so much from the Association, I am honored to serve and give back to the Association. I continue to learn from our Board comprised of Executives from around the world running some of the best and largest companies in our industry. Finally, I would like to thank all of my Teammates throughout our Hanson Logistics organization for their hard work and dedication, without them, this would not be possible.”

IARW is the third-party temperature-controlled warehousing Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). It dedicates itself to promoting best practices in the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry through research, industry benchmarking, networking, and education. IARW members work closely with members of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), another GCCA Core Partner, to improve food systems, specifically in relation to the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of perishable products to the global community.

Pictured from L-R.
Fabio Fonseca, FrigorificosLtda,Brazil
Nick Pedneault, Congebec Logistics, Canada
Paul Henningsen- Henningsen Cold Storage, Oregon
Don Dick- Dick Cold Storage, Ohio
Doug Harrison- VersaCold Logistics, Canada
Andy Janson, Hanson Logistics
David O’Brien- DoBoy Cold Stores, Brisbane, Australia
Eben James- Trenton Cold Storage, Canada

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St. Joseph, Mich.

Hanson Logistics to Global Cold Chain Expo Attendees: Keep Trucking

Hobart Tour
Attendees of the Global Cold Chain Expo were treated to view of the wheels underneath food distribution safety. Hanson Logistics drove the company’s state of the art truck to park squarely in the center display for all to climb aboard.

The Global Cold Chain Expo featured 165 exhibitors, covering over 28,000 square feet. Displayed exhibitors spanned every sector of the cold chain, from logistics to construction to transportation. These booths aimed towards attendees from several divisions of the cold chain, including frozen, refrigerated, and fresh.

Attendees included 250 International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) members, World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Graduate Institute participants, and over 1200 registered participants. The total attendees for all four collocated partners equaled to be more than 14,000.

These numbers provided an astounding jump from past IARW conferences wherein the show housed only 175 warehouse attendees, 730 total participants, 100 exhibitors, and just 12,000 square feet of expo space.

During the Expo, Hanson Logistics hosted GCCA members and expo attendees at their Chicago Consolidation Center in Hobart, Indiana. The tour provided an in-depth look into Hanson’s capabilities and outstanding facilities as a main hub outside of the city, avoiding traffic.

“Everyone that we’ve run across: customers, potential customers, carriers; they love our location. Can’t believe that no one ever located in that northwest Indiana corridor,” notes Andrew Janson, Hanson Logistics President. The strategic location helps service both west and east of the Mississippi River while reducing stress for truckers and excessive fuel consumption when jammed up in congested traffic.

Hanson tours of the Chicago Consolidation Center gave global cold chain partners the venue to connect and network in the constant pursuit of excellence. The Global Cold Chain Expo was a success in highlighting the responsibility of maintaining production and quality standards, and Hanson Logistics looks forward to attending next year’s Expo.

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St. Joseph, Mich., January 7, 2016

Hanson Logistics to Build in Blueberry Capital

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In a time when many companies are scaling back brick-and-mortar investments, Hanson Logistics announces a new temperature-controlled facility that will soon be serving fruit and vegetable growers and processors in Southwest Michigan. The new South Haven Logistics Center will become the company’s 9th deep frozen warehouse, the 6th in Michigan, giving Hanson Logistics the largest network of agricultural-centric freezing, storage and distribution facilities in the state.

Located on 25 acres in the I-196 Industrial Park, the complex will be adjacent to the new MGB processing facility, enabling Hanson Logistics to quick-freeze fresh blueberries and cherries, while supporting surrounding farms and food manufacturers with storage and distribution.

“When your objective is to provide best-of-class logistics to the Michigan agricultural community, you can’t get a better location, between the fields and interstate,” said Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “We’re very excited about our continued support of the important agricultural community of West Michigan, as well as our future in South Haven. City officials have been extremely receptive and helpful in getting us to this point, and we look forward to moving ahead with the project as soon as possible.”

Phase One of the project consists of 150,000 sq. ft., with capacity for 30,000,000 lbs. of product, highly efficient refrigeration technology and optimized egress for Hanson transportation activities. An additional 15 acres is available for a total of three planned phases. A May 2017 completion is expected for Phase One.

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St. Joseph, Mich., August, 2015

Hanson Logistics Board of Directors Welcomes Terry Brown and Mark Eriks

Merlin Hanson, Chairman of the Board for Hanson Logistics, leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, has announced that Terry Brown and Mark Eriks have been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Terry BrownMr. Brown brings extensive experience in refrigerated and global logistics as previous Regional Vice President of Americold Logistics and Chief Executive Officer and President of Diversified Port Holdings. He has served as Vice Chairman & Treasurer for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and as a board member for World Food Logistics Organization.

Mr. Brown is currently Sales Specialty Products & Shareholder and board member at VSSI, Inc., a leading manufacturer of quality veterinarian equipment. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Arkansas Tech University, a Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA) from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He and his wife, Ronda, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Mark EriksMr. Eriks is President of Strategic Alliances for Gordon Food Service, a privately held food service distributor, where he is responsible for managing 12 separate business units in the U.S. and Canada, generating $650 million in sales. At Gordon Food Service, he was also previously Senior Manager in Human Resources and Chief Legal Officer.

Mr. Eriks has 30 years of human resources, legal and general management experience. He has held the title of Executive Vice President – Support Services for Spartan Stores, Inc. and was an equity partner in a prominent law firm. Mr. Eriks has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Hope College, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Indiana University, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Leigh Ann—a lab instructor at Hope College—have three adult children: Lauren, Martin and Matthew. “Terry Brown and Mark Eriks bring valuable insight and guidance to our growing organization,” said Gregory Hanson, Vice Chairman, Hanson Logistics. “Their respective expertise, together with that of our existing board members, is an uncommon bench strength in an industry of increasing sophistication. We are both excited for and confident about our future.”

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St. Joseph, Mich., November 12, 2014

Hanson Logistics Expands Chicago Consolidation Center Again

Chicago Warehouse Expansion

Replicating an expansion completed early in 2013, Hanson Logistics has broken ground on additional deep frozen storage capacity in the company’s Chicago Consolidation Center. This is the fourth expansion in seven years, reflecting the company’s ongoing investment in the Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program. Velocities MVC is a solution to the on-demand complexity of filling multiple SKU frozen food orders shipping to virtually all major retail, wholesale, and foodservice DCs throughout the U.S. Construction of the Hobart, Indiana facility is managed by Tippmann Construction.

“Thanks to the efforts of all Hanson associates, we are meeting new customer demand a bit sooner than projected. Our build-out will be completed ahead of schedule, and we have maximized the space available in our Chicago area campus,” said Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “Velocities MVC program, which offers single-source warehousing and national refrigerated transportation, has become a model of efficiency and consistency in frozen food distribution. The success of the program, together with the proactive Indiana business environment, has helped us fulfill our vision for world-class cold storage in this strategic location.”

The additional 85,000 sq. ft. will feature LED lighting, 12,000 new 90” pallet positions and 14 swing-in doors, bringing the facility’s overall specifications to 16,500,000 cu. ft, 48,000 pallet positions, and 50 doors. While the Chicago Consolidation Center offers deep-frozen storage, most customers rely on the center for outbound distribution. 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 is also accepted as Walmart Vendor Pool 391.

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 by their order mix are unable to achieve the economies of truckload delivery.

To see the latest on the expansion, view the job site webcam.

To see the latest on the expansion, view the job site webcam.

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July 15, 2014

Hanson Logistics President Andrew Janson Elected to IARW Board of Directors

New officers and board members of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) were elected for the 2014-2015 calendar year at the IARW-WFLO Annual Convention & Expo. Among those named to the Board of Directors was Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics.

With nearly 30 years of experience in food logistics, Andrew is past Chairman of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) and continues to serve on the Board. He is Chairman of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA), and a past member of the Board of Governors of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO).

IARW is a partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), an association that promotes excellence in the global temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics industry through research, benchmarking, networking, and education. All active members of IARW are also members and beneficiaries of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO).

Other new IARW officers elected for the coming year were Chairman Tom Poe (Crystal Distribution Services), Vice Chairman Angelo Antoci (U.S. Growers Cold Storage), Treasurer Eben James (Trenton Cold Storage), and director-at-large Doug Harrison (VersaCold Logistics Services).

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