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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 6 – Great Falls, Great Opportunity

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 6 – Great Falls, Great Opportunity

In this episode of our Community Connection podcast, join GSLI’s Eric Kleinsorge as he speaks with Jolene Schalper about the advantages of Great Falls, Montana on both the business side and the quality of life.  Learn about the key advantages and industries that are thriving in Great Falls and why they are proud to call it home!





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Whether it is hunger, wildfires, or a global pandemic, the logistics industry is there for us. On Sept. 21, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) singled out some of these supply chain heroes with 2021 Humanitarian Logistics Awards. “Today we have a chance to recognize a group of outstanding companies and individuals who exemplify what selfless logistics is all about,” said ALAN Executive Director Kathy Futon. “This year’s recipients have truly inspired us, because when the chips have been down, they’ve repeatedly stepped up to help–all without asking what’s in it for them.” This year’s recipients include:

-CEVA Logistics, which received ALAN’s Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Relief Award for moving multiple shipments of supplies to support Native American tribes and various non-profits throughout the COVID-19 crisis and after the Oregon fires.

-Palmer Logistics, which received ALAN’s Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Relief Award for providing essential short-term storage of hospital beds on behalf of a medical non-profit and for its ongoing support of USAID.

-Core-Mark International, which received ALAN’s Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Relief Award for the long-term loan of two freezer tractor-trailers and driver resources that enabled the Arkansas Food Bank to distribute two million extra pounds of donated food during COVID-19.

-J.B. Hunt Transport Services, which received ALAN’s Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Relief Award for its assistance with multiple compassionate moves during 2020 and 2021, including helping ALAN and the Salvation Army distribute meal kits.

-American Trucking Associations, which received ALAN’s Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Relief Award deploying two of its image show trucks and drivers to deliver numerous compassionate shipments of food, cleaning supplies, PPE and medical supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

-Tucker Company Worldwide, which received ALAN’s Director’s Partnership Award for supporting ALAN’s analytical efforts during the pandemic., which received ALAN’s Director’s Partnership Award for consistently sharing information about freight marketing activities with members of ALAN’s partner network during various crises.

“Each of these recipients is living proof that humanitarianism isn’t just a one-time event–and that true service extends well beyond a single disaster,” Fulton said. “It truly is part of their DNA and personal passion. The world truly is a better place because of all of them.”


Let’s Hear It for Truckers.

Given the industry’s shortage of truckers, and the mess that has created along the supply chain, mid-September’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week took on added meaning this year.

Palmetto, Florida’s Port Manatee treated more than 200 truckers to lunches and jam-packed goody bags on Sept. 17, the final day of the weeklong celebration.

“Port Manatee is truly blessed to be served by these devoted professional drivers,” said Reggie Bellamy, chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority. “Especially in these challenging times, truckers have gone above and beyond in demonstrating their commitment to keeping the supply chain running smoothly.

A. Duie Pyle, a premier provider of asset and non-asset-based supply chain solutions, on Sept. 13 recognized 25 of its less-than-truckload (LTL) drivers for achieving the Million Mile Safe Driver milestone in 2020. Overall, the West Chester, Pennsylvania-based company has had 171 One Million Mile Drivers, 23 Two Million Mile Drivers, and two Three Million Mile Drivers.

“These drivers are true professionals,” said Pete Dannecker, Pyle’s VP of Risk and Integrated Resources, “and I congratulate them for their dedication to safe driving in the congested Northeastern metropolitan region in which A. Duie Pyle operates.”

Free grub, goody bags and safety recognition are nice, but one thing that is usually better appreciated is cold hard cash. That’s what Mark-it Express, an intermodal trucking and freight brokerage company headquartered in Lemont, Illinois, provided to its Land of Lincoln truckers effective Aug. 2 of this year.

“In appreciation for their loyalty, commitment and value the team,” the company announced Mark-it Express drivers in Illinois are now receiving $27 an hour without the Hazardous Materials endorsement and $30 an hour with the endorsement. Mark-it drivers at the Detroit and Kansas City terminals also got pay bumps. “We have been saying over and over that we appreciate our drivers and see how hard you are working,” said Mark-it President Tony Apa.

“Thank you all again–we wouldn’t be here without you.”

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 5 – Tulare County, The Center of Business for California

In this episode of our Community Connection series, our host Eric Kleinsorge speaks with President and CEO of Tulare County, Nathan Ahle, to find out why central California is such a business hot spot!

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Capacity expansion, cranes and infrastructure are the focuses for Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in FY2021. The GPA announced the official approval of $305 million in projects to increase overall TEU capacity for the Port of Savannah from 6 million to 7.4 million. 

The goal of meeting increased cargo volume includes support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. Additional projects include the re-purposing of property on Garden City Terminal and doubling GPA’s rail lift capacity to 2 million TEUs per year through commissioning the second set of nine new working tracks at the Mason Mega Rail terminal. 

The GPA has begun refurbishing Berth 1 at the Garden City Terminal to increase the dock capacity to include four 16,000-TEU vessels–the largest class of container ships currently serving the U.S. East Coast–as well as three additional ships. The greater efficiency possible when working one large vessel compared to multiple smaller ones will increase Savannah’s overall berth capacity and velocity of vessel service. This renovation alone will add 1 million TEUs per year of capacity for the berth. 

The most recent additions completed by the GPA include the Appalachian Regional Port’s addition of six container storage bays, bringing the TEU slots to 390 for increased demand at the inland terminal and an overall capacity increase of 25,000 TEUs annually. 

In February, the GPA commissioned an additional 6,000 TEUs of grounded container slots at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal, including space for dry and refrigerated containers. The expanded container yard is served by six rubber-tired gantry cranes, for an increased capacity there of 210,000 TEUs annually.

At Garden City Terminal, the GPA added six new ship-to-shore cranes in FY2020 and 20 new rubber-tired gantry cranes for a total of 172. Also at Garden City Terminal, the GPA brought online new container stacks for berths 7, 8 and 9, increasing Savannah’s annual capacity by 400,000 TEUs.

Looking ahead to the future, the GPA has purchased 145 acres adjacent to the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. GPA is developing 92 of those acres for an additional 750,000 annual TEU capacity within the next two years. 

port management


Lamar University’s new Center for Port Management prepares today’s port and terminal management professionals for tomorrow’s industry challenges and opportunities. The center’s flagship offering is the fully online Master of Science degree in Port and Terminal Management. The 12-course program blends theory and practice through course content and delivery, taught in equal measure by industry experts sourced globally, and faculty from Lamar’s Business College and Industrial Engineering Department.

“Throughout my 40-year career, the port industry has sought an advanced degree in port management that would recognize the exceptional nature of this critical profession, as well as advancing its practice,” says Erik Stromberg, the center’s first executive director. “As an industry veteran, my focus is on the application of knowledge to the practice of port management.

“Historically, port managers prepared for their significant responsibilities through on-the-job training and continuing education as offered by trade organizations, such as AAPA,” says Stromberg in reference to the American Association of Port Authorities, which he ran for 10 years. “The required set of skills and knowledge could take years to develop, but even then, it would typically address the manager’s functional focus and not the broad spectrum of port authority roles and responsibilities.

“Our port master’s degree program spans the many interdisciplinary skill sets a senior port leader needs to understand and apply. Management skills training in leadership, team building and decision-making are included in the curriculum. The curriculum also addresses one of the most important port management responsibilities, which is to balance the public and private sector roles a port authority must play.”

Stromberg continues, “Importantly, one of the very important if less obvious roles our port industry veterans play in delivering course content is to convey the normative value of port management. Port authorities operate as a public enterprise, requiring management acumen and business-like efficiency in the delivery of public goods—jobs, economic development and waterborne commerce. There is a tangible aspect of port management that prides itself on generating public benefits, as well as achieving commercial success that engenders a strident dedication to the craft.”

The center’s program also provides continuing education to Texas and West Gulf ports and terminal managers, primarily through the SE Texas Waterways Advisory Council’s Education, Research and Workforce Development Committee. Two very successful programs—“Women in Transportation Management—Ports and Terminals” and the annual “Hurricane Planning” workshop/webinar—recently concluded.

The third aspect of the center’s activities lies in sponsoring industry-relevant research. Most of the supported projects have successfully facilitated safer and more efficient waterborne transportation and waterway utilization. These projects, along with information about the center’s education and training programs, can be found at

kerry logistics


Kerry Logistics is a global logistics services provider with an extensive presence in the USA. In 2019, the firm was ranked the third-largest NVOCC (Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier) in terms of Trans-Pacific trade, handling more than 425,000 TEUs.

In December 2020, it announced a new series of multimodal transport solutions to Mongolia, designed to offer an alternate route to a market with untapped potential. 

Specifically, the latest offerings cover road-rail and sea-rail freight for dry and temperature-controlled cargoes between North America, Europe, and landlocked Mongolia via the Freeport of Riga, Latvia. 

William Ma, group managing director of Kerry Logistics Network, commented: “The new services greatly enhance the freight cost-efficiency and variety of solutions to Mongolia for our customers. To access the landlocked Mongolia, our strong rail freight capability in Central and East Asia gives us an invaluable advantage.” 

Kerry Logistics has a firm foothold in the U.S. from which it can help exporters to reach the Mongolian market. For example, it operates more than half a million square feet of warehouses in Southern California, Northern California, and Florida, facilities that employ more than 290 staff members. 

As well as opening opportunities in previously difficult to reach Mongolia, Kerry Logistics provides global coverage with offices in Canada, Mexico, India, the Middle East, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.



Officials at Palmetto, Florida-based Port Manatee are anticipating a big boost in exports of recycled steel materials following the acquisition of a port-adjacent, 25.5-acre facility by a new subsidiary of Peru-based steelmaker Aceros Arequipa.

“Port Manatee enthusiastically welcomes Aceros America Port Manatee LLC as the latest addition to our expanding customer base here at the global gateway of Southwest and Central Florida,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “We look forward to working with the company in achieving its goal of exporting 100,000 tons from Port Manatee on an annual basis.”

The facility that Aceros Arequipa acquired from Lewiston, Maine-based Grimmel Industries is about 1.5 miles from Port Manatee’s deepwater berths. Shipments are to head from the port to Peru, where Aceros Arequipa is ramping up production at a new electric-arc furnace mill in Pisco. The new mill requires 1.3 million tons of raw steel per year–450,000 tons more than was required annually at the production facility it is succeeding.

“This is a big step for us–our first into the recycled steel business in the United States–as it will be integral to meeting increased demand while decreasing dependency upon third parties for raw materials,” says Diego Arróspide Benavides, manager of Aceros America Port Manatee LLC.



SEKO Logistics, which began in 1976 as a single-office operation in Chicago and now has a global reputation for innovation and first-class logistics services, has a special season’s greetings for the supply-chain industry: Get your shipments in order now for the peak Christmas holiday shopping season.

The Grinch causing this disruption: COVID-19, whose “lingering effects . . . meant that the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach were hugely congested earlier this year by the surge of importing, and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better,” according to a SEKO release. 

Compared to previous years, shipments need to be booked up to eight weeks earlier than usual, according to Akhil Nair, SEKO’s VP Global Carrier Management & Ocean Strategy APAC. “The current global ocean freight supply chain is facing huge issues, none of which seem to be going away any time soon, and definitely not before Christmas,” Nair maintains.

“Based on what we are seeing, the current port-to-port lead times are being impacted by two major factors. One, origin–shippers are unable to get equipment or space to get their cargo out in time. And two, destination–the port congestion is having a severe impact on schedule reliability. This is resulting in further delays–up to 20 days on major export trades from Asia.” 

Bah, humbug!

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 4 – Franklin County, KS: The Heartland and Heartbeat for Logistics

Join us for another interesting episode of GT Podcast’s Community Connection.  In this episode we speak with Franklin County, Kansas’ Executive Director, Paul Bean, to find out what makes this community the heartland and heartbeat for logistics.


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