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Milford HR Just Got Cool

Chris Cool

Please join us in welcoming Chris Cool to the Burris Logistics team as Vice President of Human Resources. Chris comes to us with extensive HR knowledge and experience, most recently serving as Vice President, North America for Eramet in Baltimore, MD.

Having grown up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chris is of course a Steelers fan. He now resides in Chester, Maryland with his wife, teenage daughters and eight year old son. Chris will be located at our Milford Office. Though he spends most of his time outside work focusing on home and family, Chris shared that at one time he was quite an avid golfer.

Chris’ first week with Burris Logistics was spent as a member of the Burris University Class of 2017 and it was definitely an introduction to WOW for him. In fact, when asked what excites him about joining the team he said without hesitation: The Culture.

We are excited to have Chris as part of the team, welcome!

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Meet Steve Palmer, Harrington Receiving Supervisor

steve-palmerSteve joined the Burris Team as a Order Selector in 2002 and has roughly 12 years of service – owing to a three year break in 2008. He’s worked at our conventional Federalsburg location briefly but ultimately returned home to the Hi-Rise environment at Harrington. Upon his return he began to pay more attention to the career opportunities available at Burris. He learned to run the sorter, how to load trucks, and how to palletize.

Steve has a quick smile and his favorite part of the job, talking to all the team members. He enjoys puzzles, fishing and video games. One unexpected thing Steve shared with me is that he’d like to one day is run with the bulls. That’s pretty exciting!  He’s no stranger to travel and culture, he was a Soldier in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 2000. He’s lived in Korea and loved it because of the openness of the people and Arizona where he wasn’t really crazy about the weather.

Though born in North Carolina, Steve grew up locally and now resides in Little Heaven, Delaware. I asked him if he had an interesting New Year’s resolution and loved his reply: “I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because you shouldn’t have to wait until a new year to do what you want to do. Start today!”

Steve’s motto is one from which we can all benefit, it’s MISSION FIRST, SAFETY ALWAYS.

When it was time to close out our interview and get back to work Steve had a few parting words, he wanted to thank everyone at Burris Harrington for the opportunity to grow professionally and be part of the “family.” He said, “If you are willing to put in the work here, you can turn a job into a career.”

Nicely said Steve! Congratulations on your promotion.

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Burris Logistics Breaks Ice with Announcement of New Customer Account Sales Manager, John Enger

Further strengthening its leadership team to tackle steady growth, Burris Logistics promotes seven-year Burris veteran

burris-blog-john-engerOrlando, Fla.
 – Burris Logistics, a leading cold-chain solution provider, recently announced the promotion of John Enger to Customer Account Sales Manager for Burris Freight Management (BFM). Mr. Enger will be responsible for supporting the sales efforts of BFM Customer Account Managers in both their Orlando and Jacksonville locations.

“John’s knowledge of Burris operations and culture prepared him to quickly identify our vendors’ transportation needs and provide them solutions,” said Anthony Megale, VP Transportation Business Development at BFM. “We’re excited to recognize his achievements and abilities by promoting him to this new role.”

Enger joined the company in 2009 as a Warehouse Supervisor in Orlando and transferred to the BFM division in June 2014 as a Customer Account Manager. During his seven years with the company, he has demonstrated leadership skills, an uncanny ability to train new members, and willingness to mentor and help others – things he’ll continue to do in his role as Customer Account Sales Manager.

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Burris Logistics Featured Cold Chain Partner

Food Logistics Magazine cover

A new special edition of Food Logistics Magazine, featuring Burris Logistics, examines industry changes and trends, the future of cold chain, supply chain partnerships, and more.  The cover story, by Lara L. Sowinski, Editorial Director contemplates consumer trends, product shifts, and the associated supply changes challenges and opportunities.  Insights on supply chain talent management are provided by industry experts Rick Blasgen of CSCMP, Brian Gibson of Auburn University, and Steve Tracey of Penn State in an article titled Supply Chain is a People Business.

Download the Food Logistics Magazine PDF here

Emerging trends are addressed by Burris Logistics CEO, Donnie Burris and other Burris leaders offer a unique perspective on the state of the industry and company’s expanding role as a service provider.   Specific thoughts, questions, and recommendations on managing the demands and complexities of today’s cold chains are included in: What to look for when evaluating a supply chain partner.

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Burris Rocky Hill Recognizes Their “Frozen Heroes”!

We’ve been running a fun new feature on our social media channel’s this year called “Frozen Heroes”. At all of our facilities we have countless team members that work day in and day out in conditions that most would never want to spend more than a few seconds in.  This week our Rocky Hill team shared a quick insight into their Frozen Heroes and what it takes to keep the ice cream rolling to the stores and into your freezers! Thank you to the Rocky Hill leadership team for sharing this great write up!

“The Rocky Hill team has many Frozen Heroes. Our building operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is always some kind of activity going on in the freezer; from our night shift selection team to our day shift receiving team and the countless others that support the them.

In the first picture are our AM Frozen Receiving Team (left to right) of: John Taylor, Steve Wilkins, Ivor Giles, Jose Avilles, Isaac Alamo, Juan Ovalle, Miguel Agosto and Gabe Ramos.  Missing from this picture are: Matt Boullie, Bryan Goral, Miguel Madera and Antonio Almeida.

Burris Logistics Rocky Hil AM Receiving

The freezer selection team works at night here in Rocky Hill.  They work seven days a week to provide BJs with quality product, ensuring their customers can feed their families. Our volume has increased and it makes sense, with everyone being so busy and making good healthy choices in frozen food, people are buying more frozen. We sure are happy about this and you can see the excitement in the TMs faces and the smiles tell the story.  “Next time you cook up that meal in the microwave or oven remember the smiling face that got it to your freezer!!”

Mike BergeronOne of those smiling faces is Night Shift Selector, Michael Bergeron who has been with Burris for 5 years.  Michael is a valued member of the team as he often volunteers to come in on his day off to help out the operation.  Michael excels in many areas of his job. His performance is consistently above the expectation of 100%. His quality meets the expectations for Burris and his team work is outstanding. Michael has become more and more of a voice for safety in the warehouse as well; he can be found in the aisle of the freezer sharing valuable information with the trainees. With his assistance, we have seen new team members start to pick with more confidence.  Michael has built strong relationships with his team members and the members of leadership team. Thank you Michael for giving Burris your best every time you enter the building.

Koby2Another team member on the night shift we would like to recognize is Koby Gehl.  Koby has been with Burris since October 10, 2011 as a Selector.  Since he has started, and even after his training period, he has been well above the company standard of 100% for productivity.  On a consistent basis, Koby has met and exceeded the expectations for quality.  He has been recognized for having the most cases with very little errors in the building.   Within the last 2 years, he has taken a more active role in the business, by cross training in receiving as a Hauler and Lumper.  Koby helps out in checking if there is a need and he also is in the process of learning how to load. After that, he is interested in learning the Hi-Lo.  Koby shows interest in learning all the functions of the warehouse. He has come in on extra days for receiving and shipping too. Since his first day here, Koby hasn’t had any incidents in regards to safety.  Koby has been a good example to team members, his self-motivation has improved other selectors to step up their production.  He is a team member that represents what we call The Burris Culture.

How do we keep this place cold day in and day out you ask?  Our Plant Engineer, Ludek Sebak and Ammonia Operator, Demiche Freeman work together as a team to keep the refrigeration system running efficiently at very low temperatures.


Keeping the freezer cool during all times of the year is a task these two take on with pride.  The hours spent making the rounds, doing PMs and dialing the system in, allow these two Frozen Heroes to do what they do best, Keep the warehouse cold.  The commitment of Ludek and Demiche is truly a blessing, Rocky Hill is cold and strong because of the refrigeration work these two provide for the entire operation.


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