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National Forklift Safety Day – June 13, 2017


In honor of National Forklift Safety Day 2017, I’ve collected some of our Team Members’ favorite tips for working safely on and around forklifts. Each year, too many preventable accidents injure or claim the lives of operators and bystanders.  

Thanks to Richard Burns, Trainer at our Elkton location who took the time to speak to me about the importance of forklift safety, I recorded a bit of our time together if you care to watch. Here are our top ten forklift safety tips.



  1. Carefully complete the inspection checklist before operating equipment.
  2. Forklift Operators are to maintain two bays’ distance from the selectors and vice versa while in motion.
  3. Drive with forks trailing.  NEVER forks first.
  4. Never “bulldoze” or push stacked pallets.
  5. Use Safe speeds and avoid abrupt stops.
  6. Pedestrians always have the right of way. Keep to the right/stay in your lane.
  7. Watch out for blind spots.
  8. Keep alert to floor conditions.
  9. Slow down and sound horn at corners.
  10. Keep the load level stationary when in motion and maintain center of gravity within Forklift Stability Triangle.*

*Almost all counterbalanced powered industrial trucks are supported at three points. This is true even if the vehicle has four wheels. The truck’s steer axle is attached to the truck by a pivot pin in the axle’s center. When this point is connected to the front wheels with imaginary lines, the three-point support forms a triangle called the stability triangle. So long as the center of gravity remains within this stability triangle, the truck is stable and will not tip over.

Do you have something to add to the list? Email tmetts@burrislogistics.com







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Groundbreaking in Mcdonough, Georgia

Through the eyes of the new General Manager, Ronald Kaphers

Ron Kaphers, General Manager

Edited by Trish Metts, Photos Courtesy of the Henry County Development Authority

Tuesday March 14, 2017 was one of our company’s most historical moments with the ground breaking ceremony of the McDonough, Georgia facility. The air was chilly, consumed by a brisk cold wind, but the excitement of the Burris team ignited warmth and energy through the crisp morning.

Donnie Burris, Brian Kyle, Michael Piscitelli, Ronald Kaphers, and Eddie Stone were filled with excitement and joy for this new endeavor in Henry County. The Henry County officials and ARCO teams were among the attendees that shared in the excitement of the groundbreaking ceremony.

The experience of being a part of this magnificent occasion as the new General Manager was one of humility and honor for me as I thanked our father in heaven for this blessed day of life to experience this moment.

As I stood on the grounds of this beautiful land I could clearly see a new vision of direction and motivation for the Burris PRW Plus side of the business. I imagined the growth potential of the McDonough facility and the jobs it would bring to the Henry County area.

McDonough through my eyes will become the new phenomenal in “Wow” service and add new meaning to the McDonough area for value, respect, integrity, highest quality of service and value added services within our new Burris PRW Plus warehouse.

Burris Logistics McDonough, GA Facility

Donnie Burris with Ron Kaphers who has served as Jacksonville’s Operations Manager, will be the General Manager for the new  McDonough, Georgia facility.

The Henry County Development Authority announced on its website March 3, 2017 that construction will soon begin on the 250,000 square foot, public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) with 28,000 pallet positions, and an attached office and noted that 75 local jobs would be created when construction is completed in January of 2018. See the full article here. Representatives were on hand for the ceremony.

“Burris continues to evolve to meet the needs of our current and potential clients,” shares Donnie Burris, CEO of Burris Logistics. “Our expansion into the Greater Atlanta region highlights the growth, popularity and diversification we are experiencing throughout our entire operation. We are selected for our commitment to service, leading-­edge technology and solid core values. We welcome new and expanded relationships.”





Mike Piscitelli, Regional Vice President and Ron Kaphers, General Manager proudly display an image representing the facility that become our newest Public Refrigerated Warehouse in just under a year from now.  The entire team is so excited for the addition to our family!


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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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