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Burris Locations Cool Off With The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

When there is an opportunity to help others while having fun, our team is there! A handful of our locations have decided to join in on this summer’s newest trend – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Our teams have added their own twists to the challenge but the purpose is still the same – to raise money and donate to charitable causes while having a little fun cooling off in the hot summer heat.

Interesting Facts about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge:

According to the New York Times, “ALS affects about 30,000 Americans. It is a disease which attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis. The exact cause is not understood and there is no cure or treatment that stops or reverses the disease. The ALS Association said that it had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 until Aug. 21.  In addition, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised awareness of the disease, which the A.L.S. Association said only half of Americans were aware of about a month ago.”

Enjoy the photos and videos!

Burris Elkton

A few of our management team at Burris Elkton accepted the challenge from our friends at BJ’s. Here are a few fun pictures of team accepting the challenge!

Other members of our Elkton team wanted to get in on the fun and raise money too so they did the challenge a few more times.

Burris New Castle

Our New Castle location celebrated their second year as a Custom Facility on 8/20/2014 with a BBQ.  Along with the celebration, the team decided to raise money for their favorite charity, The Ronald McDonald House, by doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Each team member paid $5.00 to have the opportunity to challenge someone.  If the person they challenged declined, that person had to pay $5.00. However, our managers decided that some of their team members work in an environment that really is not conducive to being wet and therefore, for each $5.00 a team member donated, they could challenge a member of the management team and then would be able to dump the tub of ice water on them!  Needless to say this went over exceptionally well.

A very special “thank you” to our entire management team for being good sports in the name of charity. These individuals were challenged from 3 tubs to 6 tubs at a time. We conducted the ice bucket challenge at three different times throughout the course of the day,  9:45 AM, 12:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. This meant that each manager stood there and had however many tubs dumped on them individually.

The best part was that they raised $600 for their charity!

Here are a list of managers and the number of tubs they had dumped on them throughout the course of the day…

Kelly Blackburn – 3+ times
Brian Kiliany (BK) – 6+ times
Chris Robbins – 6+ times
Kevin Powers – 3+ times
John Goetze – 6+ times
Jim Bertuola – 3+ times

Also, they would like to acknowledge and send a special “thank you” to a few team members:

  • Megan Tarpley, Shipping Clerk for New Castle was challenged 4+times, and accepted. GREAT JOB!
  • John Syva, John Goetze, Kevin Powers, Chris Robbins, and Brian Kiliany for their help cooking
  • Kelly Blackburn, Anna May Ottinger for prepping
  • Billy Williams, Randy Marvel for filling up water bottles, and gathering ice bags during the challenges
  • Keya Al-Amin for putting the video collages to together so we could share them with everyone

Everyone of the New Castle team members participated in one way or another and they were proud to celebrated their second anniversary raising money and bonding as a team!

Burris Orlando

Our Orlando team decided to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to the next level with a pool of ice water!

In addition to enjoying the water time, they also made a donation to Team Gleason (www.teamgleason.org) to support those fighting ALS.

Burris Atlanta

Last week, you may remember that Burris New Castle challenged their sister warehouse, Burris Atlanta to follow in their lead of doing the popular ice bucket challenge.  Burris Atlanta happily accepted on Monday and they made sure to have a video camera on hand to capture all the action! I think Onnie Robinson wins the award for slowest pour!

The team had a great time raising money for a good cause 🙂


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Well Deserved Recognition For An Awesome Burris Driver!

Yolanda Banks Burris LogisticsLast week, our Atlanta team received some wonderful feedback about one of our Atlanta based drivers, Yolanda Banks.   Jasmine, HR manager for Burris Atlanta shares,

“Today, I received a call from a gentlemen regarding our driver Yolanda.  He volunteers for Mission House, Inc. and picks up expired food from our customer. During his trips to our customers stores, he often runs into Yolanda.  He wanted to let us know how great of a team member she is for Burris Logistics.  He said Yolanda is always smiling, very professional, and hard at work taking care of her customer.  He concluded by saying that in all of his years working for a Fortune 500 company and traveling the world, he has never met a team member as amazing as Yolanda.”

Yolanda started with Burris Logistics as a driver in December of 2013.  You can typically find her on the road between our Atlanta warehouse and our customers stores in Jacksonville, Florida. She has held a CDL for a little over 7 years and has driven over 300,000 miles.  Yolanda also holds an Associates of Art in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

One other little interesting fact about Yolanda:  From 2011 until 2013, Yolanda worked as a volunteer teacher for a local organization.

Burris is fortunate to have outstanding customer-focused team members like Yolanda on our team. Thank you for all you do!

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Summer Fun at Burris!

Our locations have been busy this summer and we are only halfway through the season! Here are a few fun photos that our team members have sent in about what they have been up to lately!

Rocky Hill Team Members Starts His Own Business!

On Tuesday, June 24th, Rocky Hill said goodbye and good luck to one of its Supervisors, John Gomez.  John had been with Rocky Hill since the beginning and worked his way up from a Checker to a Supervisor.

Through perseverance and guidance, John was gradually able to buy himself a home and successfully start his own business on the side.  His side business has grown and he has decided to make it a full time career.  While we are very sad to see him go, we are so happy he is able to start a new business of his very own.  It was a bittersweet day that we celebrated with speeches and cake!

Burris Rocky Hill

Burris Federalsburg Supports Local Lions Club!

The Burris Logistics Federalsburg team helped to sponsor the Federalsburg Maryland Lion’s Club 3rd Annual Duck Derby Festival held on June 28th.  Burris Federalsburg was one of many local sponsors for the family fun festival held each year to raise money that the Lion’s Club uses to help the community.  The Duck Derby Festival is a very popular all day event that sells over 5,000 rubber ducks and then races them down the Marshyhope Creek!

Burris Federalsburg Lions Club

Burris Logistics Team Members Love Their Summer Rides!

Here is a quick picture sent in of our Payroll Specialist, Liz Snead! “Mild mannered Payroll Specialist by day…Motorcycle Angel by night!”

Are you a Burris Team Member that likes to ride your bike into work? Snap a good photo and share it with us on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/burrislogistics


New Castle Transportation Team Keeps Their Drivers Hydrated in the Heat!

When it gets over 90* in New Castle the Transportation Department likes to make sure their drivers stay hydrated.

Iced down coolers with bottled water and Gatorade are available for the drivers who are either departing or returning from a long hot day.

Left to Right – Dispatcher Mike Alloway, Driver Brian Young, Dispatcher Rey Robinson, and Driver William Watson, both driver just returning from delivering to The Fresh Market in the Outer Banks NC.  A bag lunch will be sent out on Thursday Night for the drivers to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday.

Thanks for your hard work and dedication fellas . . . . remember, you are the face of Burris when seeing our Customers every day. – Burris New Castle Transportation Team

Burris New Castle Transportation

Making Marketing Meetings Fun!
Our Marketing Department is hard at work developing some great upcoming marketing ideas! Here is a quick photo that our good friend and partner, Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative, snapped with our very own Maggie Owens, head of Marketing for Burris Logistics while they brainstormed ideas earlier this month.

Independence Day Celebrations at Our Locations!
Like many in the Logistics business, many of our Burris team members happily worked over the long holiday weekend to make sure our customers were serviced and stocked.  Just because we have to work on holidays, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy the day! Many locations held BBQ for the warehouse and office team members.
Here are some photos from Burris Orlando, Elkton, Rocky Hill, and Jacksonville.

Burris Harrington Helps Businesses in Need

Our Harrington team is excited to help the UDairy Creamery again this year, allowing them to store their ice cream in our freezer during the week of the Delaware State Fair. UD travels to the fair in their “Moo Mobile”, but it’s not big enough to store the large amounts of ice cream they sell to the many fair goers.  In appreciation of our hospitality, and the extra effort put in by our team members, UDairy’s Moo Mobile visits our facility each year to allow all of our team members to get a few scoops of their DELICIOUS ice cream. Perfect on these hot summer days!

Burris Logistics Harrington

Burris Harrington to the rescue! In July, we received a distress call from a Sergeant of the Dover Air Force Base. It turns out their refrigerated box truck was having mechanical issues just in time to possibly spoil their “Wings and Things” celebration the next day. Of course we couldn’t let our Airmen miss out on their celebration, so in true Burris fashion, we made it happen! Our driver, Raj Dookran, was heading home from New Jersey so he happily made a pit stop at the base to drop off a trailer for the weekend. Raj was able to snag a photo with the group! It is truly an honor to give back to our servicemen and women.

Burris Logistics helps DAFB

Burris Atlanta Partnered with United Way of Greater Atlanta to Volunteer at Sheltering Arms

On Friday, ten of our outstanding Atlanta team members volunteered at Sheltering Arms, a nonprofit childcare and early education center in Atlanta. They donated books and art supplies, and brought in ice cream for an ice cream party! The Burris team (made up of warehouse, transportation, maintenance, and HR team members) enjoyed their special time with the 30+ kids!


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Honor Foods (a Division of Burris Logistics) was founded on July 8, 1949 by Milton Singer and Hannah Kricheff.  From 1949 until 1984 the company leased warehouse space at 530 N. Beach Street, also known as Philadelphia Cold Storage. On October 11, 1983 Honor Foods broke ground (photo) for their current N. 5th Street location, spending an estimated $4.7 M for the office, warehouse and distribution center.

Honor Foods


The facility began operations in 1984. Burris Logistics acquired Honor in 2007.

Honor began as a Warehousing Distribution Center for “Institutional” Frozen Foods selling to the wholesalers/distributors that serviced restaurants, hotels, colleges and other institutions. Honor provided wholesalers with easy access to manufacturer’s product without them having to worry about meeting order minimums meet order lead times and carry excessive inventory. They could get exactly what they needed from Honor and typically, sooner than they would get product from manufacturers. It was a relatively new business model and its success spawned a number of competitors. Over time, Honor grew to become the region’s premier provider of grocery, frozen and dairy products offering more than 275 and carrying more than 2,500 items in stock. It differentiates itself from its many competitors through its strong reputation for service within the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

Happy Anniversary Honor Foods and here’s to another 65 years of profitable growth!

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Burris Elkton’s Driver of the Year – Lamont Clarke

Burris Elkton Driver of the Year
Meet Lamont Clarke, Burris Elkton’s 2013 Driver of the Year!  Lamont’s positive attitude, willingness to help, and infectious smile light up the transportation department!

The qualifications for winning this honor are a combination of good attendance, no violations or accidents, positive personality, customer service, and overall helpfulness. I spoke with Cheryl Krygier, Burris Elkton’s Transportation Manager, about why Lamont was chosen for the 2013 Driver of the Year. She said that along with meeting all the other qualifications, “Lamont consistently embodies the “I am Burris” motto.  He continually offers to do whatever is needed and goes above and beyond without complaint and with a smile.”

Lamont has been a Burris Driver for 5 years. Here is a quick photo of Lamont (center) with two of Burris Elkton’s Transportation Team and yes, he wears a bow-tie everyday 🙂


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