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Lineage Logistics Recognized for Exemplary Energy Management Project

Lineage Logistics Recognized for Exemplary Energy Management Project

Utilization of machine-learning technology for a process referred to as “flywheeling” has successfully supported energy management and waste reduction for Lineage Logistics. The global temperature-controlled logistics provider was recognized for these efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Plants Program (Better Plants) this week, earning them a winning position for 2019 Better Practice Awards.

“This great honor from the DOE is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team, and it is quite humbling to be recognized as a leader in energy conservation. Flywheeling is one of the many ways Lineage lives our purpose of transforming the food supply chain to eliminate waste and help feed the world,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lineage.

Invented by Lineage’s Principal Data Scientist, Dr. Alex Woolfe, “flywheeling” takes energy conservation to the next level by eliminating waste and proactively managing energy while reducing cost. These efforts are critical in Lineage’s operations as the company confirmed its North American power consumption alone is comparable to that of a mid-sized city.

Following the launch of the “flywheeling” project, Lineage and Dr. Woolfe received the official utility patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and will be recognized on July 10-11 at the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in Virginia.

“We are entrusted with ensuring that billions of pounds of food across the United States and the globe are kept at optimal temperatures throughout the supply chain, and we are obsessed with finding new ways to do this even more safely and efficiently than has ever been done before,” Said Michael J. McClendon President, Lineage Europe & EVP, Network Optimization.

“Better Plants partners such as Lineage are implementing innovative energy efficiency solutions in the industrial space that are cutting costs and energy-use and the Better Practice Awards honor their leadership,” said Valri Lightner, DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office Acting Director.

Source: Lineage Logistics

Lineage Logistics Expands Global Footprint with Preferred Freezer Acquisition

Global temperature-controlled logistics solutions provider,
Lineage Logistics, announced the formal closing of its acquisition of Preferred Freezer Services, LLC. This announcement comes less than three months after the acquisition was first confirmed back in February.

“With the integration of Preferred’s exceptional team and its network of state-of-the-art facilities, Lineage is the clear go-to logistics partner for both large and small food producers and retailers worldwide,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lineage. “Together, we look forward to delivering operational excellence and innovative, high-impact supply chain solutions for customers on a global scale.”

More than 1.3 billion cubic feet and 37 million square feet of capacity in 200 facilities across North America, Europe and Asia are dedicated to servicing customers with supply chain-focused needs. The combined company now represents the largest temperature-controlled facility network global network and boasts a total of 800,000 automated pallet positions across 17 facilities.

“Since founding Lineage in 2008, we have been focused on strategically growing the business to meet expanding customer needs,” added Kevin Marchetti, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bay Grove, LLC (“Bay Grove”), the principal investment firm backing Lineage. “The close of this transaction unlocks an entirely new set of opportunities as we look to build upon our industry-leading position with additional capital deployment in technological advancements and new projects.”


Lineage Logistics to Acquire Preferred Freezer Services

Global leader in temperature-controlled logistics solutions, Lineage Logistics company, announced its latest acquisition of Preferred Freezer Services. The acquisition will support company efforts to raise the bar higher while expanding its company footprint and providing customers the highest level of technological advancements.

“We are thrilled to welcome Preferred into the Lineage family of companies,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lineage. “Bringing their first-class management team, deep industry experience and network of strategically located facilities into our organization will enable us to provide best-in-class service offerings for customers worldwide. Lineage is now better positioned than ever to meet the needs – and exceed the expectations – of food customers on a truly global scale.”

Currently projected upon finalization are over 1.3 billion cubic feet of temperature-controlled capacity across over 200 facilities in addition to the 17 automated facilities with over 800,000 automated pallet positions.

“We have followed Preferred’s impressive growth and innovations under John’s leadership since launching Lineage and always knew that bringing these two companies together would reinforce our vision to be the most dynamic temperature-controlled company in the industry,” commented Kevin Marchetti, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bay Grove, the principal investment firm backing Lineage. “This transaction will equip Lineage with the global reach and innovation capabilities that will fuel the next chapter of the Company’s growth and we are excited to have them on board.”

 “I’d like to thank John and the entire Preferred team for their incredible partnership,” said Peter Lamm, Managing Director of Fenway Partners, Preferred’s equity partner and owner. “Preferred has built a tremendous platform under the management team’s leadership and, on behalf of Fenway Partners, I am proud to have supported its sustained growth over the past decade. We wish both organizations great success as a combined company.”

Lineage Logistics Makes the Cut with Innovative Solutions

Lineage Logistics is proud to announce recognition from Fast Company as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2019. The company – known for its stellar role as a leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions, accredits its strategic and intricate use of thermodynamics, mathematics, AI and robotics, statistics, oceanography and more to create some of their leading data-driven solutions.

“When it comes to issues like energy and food waste, we see an opportunity to apply Silicon Valley-style innovation to not only help preserve and protect the products with which our customers entrust us but also transform the world’s food supply chain,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and CEO of Lineage. “Our team is passionate about challenging the status quo and finding more efficient and sustainable ways to address the complexities unique to the temperature-controlled logistics industry. We are honored that such a prestigious publication as Fast Company would recognize us in this way.”

The Top 50 list aims to recognize companies that create significant impact on an industrial and cultural level through innovative and competitive strategies and solutions.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication and creativity of our entire team,” said Sudarsan Thattai, Lineage’s Chief Information Officer. “From our technologists and applied scientists, whose expertise in the space today is competitive with those at any Silicon Valley technology company, to our team members on the warehouse floor, we are an organization that is innovative, bold and deeply committed to our purpose of connecting people to food.”

Source: RAM Communications