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The Future of Cold Storage: McDonough, Georgia

March 2018

Burris Logistics -McDonough, Georgia

Roughly one year ago this month, Ron Kaphers, General Manager held a shiny shovel to the ground at 350 King Mill Road in McDonough, Georgia where our newest state of the art refrigerated warehouse now stands. At 250,000 square feet with 28,000 pallet positions total, it is Burris Logistics’ second largest warehouse and notably offers our partners the unique ability to reach 80% of the population of the United States within a 2-day transit time.

General Manager, Ron Kaphers

At Burris Logistics, we truly believe that the “Right People are Our Greatest Asset.”

As the ARCO Design/Build Team constructed our warehouse over the past year, Ron Kaphers and HR Manager Chris Reynolds assembled a winning combination of fresh and familiar faces to take good care of our customers. In the true spirit of “Make It Happen,” instead of tapping toes and wringing hands in anticipation, they traveled to train and work side by side with the Team Members at Jacksonville, FL, Lyndhurst, VA and Rocky Hill, CT.  For the Team, this was a departure from the norm and meant sacrificing personal time with friends and family during work sprints. For their leaders, it meant supporting the Team in creative ways such as regular contact with family members, pairing inexperienced travelers with seasoned partners, and facilitating regular open dialog among the groups. The entire experience resulted in strong personal bonds and a deep sense of culture for everyone involved.

Ron Kaphers and Jack Jaggers (ARCO) with McDonough’s Certificate of Occupancy

Communication and Collaboration

The level of tech-enabled communication and collaboration was impressive for this project. A live video feed was embedded into the burrisprwplus.com site during construction so that Team Members, Vendors, Customers, or any interested community member could see real-time progress. Beautiful images of the new facility and the Team were uploaded to a shared photo stream service on a daily basis. Updates were posted to social media and to the Team Member focused website, OneBurris.com. This allowed everyone to share in the excitement, not just those lucky enough to travel to McDonough to lend a hand for the start-up.

Making History

Every “first” at McDonough will one day be part of Burris’ rich history which dates back to 1925 when John W. Burris and his father, Edward, worked together shipping tomatoes from the Delmarva Peninsula into Philadelphia. On the return trip, they carried Acme Markets’ bread to its Delmarva region stores.

Throughout its 93 year history, Burris has branched into food-service redistribution, public refrigerated warehousing and custom/Retail specialty work.

Top: Start Up Team Bottom from left: Mike Piscitelli Regional Vice President and Donnie Burris, CEO, Silviu Miran, Lloyd Keys, Vocollect Training with Team

We are so proud of the McDonough Team and of those who pitched in to help. Thank you!


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Federalsburg Team Members Celebrate Accident-Free Driving Year for 2017

We are extremely proud of our Federalsburg Drivers, who combined, have been serving our customers safely for 45 accident-free years. Nice work gentlemen!
Pictured from left to right:
Melissa Horton-Transportation Supervisor
Maurice Williams- 5 year accident-free
Jason Ludwig- 6 year accident-free
Hector Castellanos- 14 year accident-free
Thalbert Pinkett- 2 year accident free
John Telmanoski-5 year accident-free
Rickey Dodd- 4 year accident-free
Kevin Godshall- Transportation Manager
Not present:  William Strawberry 4 year acc/free, Griff Jordan 5 year acc/free.
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Central Florida Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMPCFL) to host Inaugural Technology Symposium: Supply Chain Disruptors

On Friday, February 16, 2018 from 7:30am to NOON, at the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom A) on the University of South Florida Tampa Campus, current and future supply chain professionals are invited to a Technology Symposium that will feature experienced presenters on innovations and technology disruptors.

“We all can spend weeks and months digesting trade journals on these fast-changing topics, or invest in one morning to learn the latest, leading edge developments that will define the supply chain industry over the next five years,” shares symposium coordinator and volunteer, Jack Mendell, Technical Advisor and Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Saddle Creek Logistics Services. “We have been able to gather a team of presenters for the benefit of students and active industry professionals.”

The Technology Symposium will have two primary subject areas — Block chain: predictable realities of timelines and transformations, and Man Replaced by Machine: implications of automation. Speakers include professionals from Pennsylvania State University, Florida Polytechnic University, IBM, Adams Automation, Dematic and Saddle Creek Logistic Services.

Registration available online at: http://cscmp.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=CFL180216

Admission to the symposium ranges based on membership to CSCMP— student members: free, Young Professionals: $25, member: $35, non-member: $50. Continental breakfast is included with admission. Marshall Student Center is located at 4103 Cedar Circle, on the USF Tampa Campus, Tampa, Florida 33620.

For more information, contact symposium coordinator, Jack Mendell, PMP, ITIL V3 at 863-668-4422jack.mendell@sclogistics.com or John Gierlach, Manager, Trans Solutions, 863-668-4324,secretary@cscmpcfl.org.

About the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals: CSCMP is the leading global association for supply chain management professionals. For over 50 years, they have been the trusted source for providing access to essential tools and education that members need to enhance careers. With unparalleled networking opportunities, online and on-site professional education, and cutting-edge research, CSCMP is dedicated to members and their companies. CSCMP members represent a wide range of supply chain management careers including consulting, demand planning, finance, logistics and transportation, manufacturing operations, purchasing and procurement, real estate, sales and marketing, technology, third party logistics services, and warehousing. For more information visithttp://cscmp.org/

About the Central Florida Roundtable: The CSCMP Central Florida Roundtable is wholly volunteer driven and focused on providing an opportunity for sharing supply chain best practices, professional development and personal networking in the Central Florida area, ranging from greater Sarasota on the west coast, thru Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando, to Melbourne, Cocoa and Daytona Beach on the east coast. For more information visit www.cscmpcfl.org.

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How Burris Logistics is Driving Team Members to Career Success


According to a recent report by the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry will suffer a shortage of 174,000 drivers by 2024.

As of 2015, that shortage had already grown to 48,000.

That same year Burris Elkton formed a partnership with the Cecil County Community College’s Mid-Atlantic Transportation and Logistics Institute. The goal was to reward dedicated Burris team members with an exciting career path while strengthening the Burris Transportation Group.

In order to participate in the training, team members must be with Burris a minimum of a year with a satisfactory performance evaluation, clean driving record, and a recommendation from their direct manager. Once selected, the team member will attend 96 classroom hours with Cecil County Community College and 204 hours behind the wheel. They’ll also spend 12 weeks working in the Burris yard as a Yard jockey and 12 weeks on the road with a driver trainer.


The program has been a huge success and a win-win for the team members and Burris.  Congratulations to the more than 11 Burris team members who have already successfully completed the program. You’re going places. If you’re a Burris team member in Elkton, and you’re interested in becoming a truck driver, contact your supervisor today.

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Burris Logistics will Match Donations to Bring Relief to the People of Greater Houston

Team Burris, today you have a unique opportunity to make a one time donation that will bring relief to the people of Greater Houston as they struggle to recover from Harvey. 100% of your donation goes to the American Red Cross AND Burris Logistics will match donations up to $20,000!

Please, if you are able, consider clicking the link below to make a donation in any amount – whatever you can spare today. You will need to have your debit or credit card handy. If each Team Member donates $12.50, we can take full advantage of the very generous match offered by Burris Logistics!

Burris Logistics/United Way Hurricane Harvey Relief

Here is a screenshot of the form – so you know what to expect. It is a SECURE form and the United Way is a long time, trusted PARTNER – we are lucky to have them as a vehicle for moving our donations toward the Red Cross effort.

Thank you!


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