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HONOR FOODS CELEBRATES 65 YEARS!

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.

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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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How Burris Atlanta Weathered the Ice Storm With Good Old-fashioned Teamwork!

Last week, the Atlanta area was hit by a crippling ice and snow storm that created difficult conditions for any business, but especially those of us in the transportation and logistics industry.

Luckily, Burris Logistics is no stranger to adapting and overcoming hurdles. Over the years we have weathered numerous unpredictable circumstances with amazing flexibility.  When Atlanta came to a halt, the rest of Burris rose to the occasion once again to help fellow team members and our customer.

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The entrance to Burris Atlanta last week!

As you know, when the weather gets bad, grocery store shelves empty at an alarming rate.  Our job at Burris Logistics is to make sure that the shelves of our customers stay stock, even during the most difficult conditions.  Last week our entire Burris team came together again to prove that we live our mottos of “Get it Right” “Make it Happen and “I am Burris”!

When the roads got icy and traffic came to a standstill, we had up to 25 inbound truckloads that were either very late or didn’t come in at all.  While our customer service team worked hard to get the loads rescheduled, our partner warehouse in New Castle, Delaware started planning how to help.  The New Castle team organized, picked, and shipped out multiple loads to cover six of the stores that were schedule to be sent out by our Atlanta location that day.

Out of our 21 outbound trucks that were schedule to ship out that day, 10 arrived at the stores on time. The other 11 arrived but they were late.  While we strive for on time deliveries this was still quite a feat for our transportation team considering that we had two team members stuck in their cars on the highway for over 22 hours before they were picked up by the National Guard!

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Here is a photo of what the roadways looked like around Atlanta.

While there were numerous Atlanta team members that went above and beyond by staying at work around the clock, one in particular deserves some recognition. Eduardo Quinones one of our Receiving Supervisors came in on Wednesday morning at 1am,  worked until about 9am, went home to sleep for a few hours and was back at 1pm to help receive trucks that trickled in throughout the day and following evening. Even though he was extremely tired he knew he might be one of the only few who could make it in since he lived close to the facility.  He happily volunteered his time to help the rest of the team get caught up.

Lastly, the rest of the extended Burris Family jumped at the opportunity to help their fellow team members from Burris Atlanta.  Many helped from afar, holding conference calls with our customer every few hours throughout the ordeal in order to come up with the best and safest strategies to recover from the storm.  Our Support and IT team members also remained on high alert and stood ready and willing to help the Atlanta team in any way they could.

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Burris IT team member Lauren Thomas hops on a forklift to support Burris Atlanta.

There were also team members from multiple facilities that dropped everything and traveled to Atlanta on a moment’s notice to lend support.  From our IT department in Milford, Delaware, two of our Business Analysts, Lauren Thomas and Gary Walstead, flew in to help receive some of the incoming loads.  From Rocky Hill we had three warehouse team members, Arenzo Washington, Jesus Nieves, and Claudius Wallace, that made the long trek south along with two warehouse team members, Joe Grieff and Luis Silva from Burris New Castle. We also had four Burris Orlando team members Andre Morris, LaRondrick Robertson, Manny Arroyo, and Ramon Santiago that braved the cold weather and came up from the south.

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Longtime Burris IT team member, Gary Walstead lending a helping hand.

The Atlanta Team asked me to express their sincere thank you to these team members and the many others that helped out last week.  Steve Mueller, Burris Atlanta’s Operations Manager said, “We were so impressed with the way these Team Members came in with only one thing on their minds and that was to do whatever was needed to help get us caught up.  The focus and dedication of these team members as well as the Atlanta team members truly defines the part of our culture that “We Are Burris”.

Thank you to our many dedicated Burris team members that truly care for our customers and our team members!

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Duke, a Loader from Burris Atlanta, shares a big smile while helping the rest of the team get caught up!

 

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Burris Team Member Success Story – Herman Littleton

It’s time for another Burris Team Member Success Story! Meet Herman Littleton.

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Over the past 12 years, Herman has worked in many areas of the company.  Since starting as an Order Selector at our Harrington warehouse in 2002,  Herman has continually gained responsibility, moving on to other positions within the company such as Supervisor, Receiving Manager, and Lead Shipping Supervisor.  Most recently, Herman accepted the position of Safety and Sanitation Manager at our Harrington facility after longtime team member, Bill Adkins retired from the position after 37 years.

Herman has worked at four Burris locations (Harrington, Federalsburg, Atlanta, and New Castle) and has also been a key player in several of our start-ups (Rocky Hill, Elkton, Honor Foods, and Atlanta).  His versatility,  knowledge, and “get it done” attitude have made Herman a go-to Burris team member for years.

In the midst of what seems like constant relocation, Herman has managed to raise a family with his wife and 5 children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, including hiking, traveling, and anything outdoors.  He is also a die-hard Saints fan…. Who Dat! 😉

Burris’ continuous success is thanks to our dedicated and dependable team members, like Herman, who are always willing to go above and beyond for our customers and fellow team members.  Thank you for all you do, Herman!

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Burris Elkton’s Vicky Alexander Named RefrigiWear’s Warehouse Persons of the Year

Each year, RefrigiWear recognizes the outstanding men and women who work in our industry by holding their “International Warehouseman of the Year” Awards.  We have been very fortunate to be well represented by some of our talented team members over the years such as Gil Ayon (2012 winner) from Elkton and Issac Alamo (2013 winner) from Rocky Hill.  This year, we are well represented once again!

Vicky Alexnander of Burris Elkton Refrigiwear's warehousemen of the year

Vicky Alexander, a checker from Burris Elkton, has been announced as one of the 24 winners of 2014!

Don Byerly from RefrigiWear shares, “We had almost 300 nominations this year.  We select 24 winners, based on performance. These nominations are “the best of the best”, so it is a challenge. However, the exceptional performers do usually shine through.”

Below is the letter of recommendation submitted by Vicky’s team:

We would like to nominate Victoria Alexander of our Elkton AM Shipping Department, for the RefrigiWear Warehouseman of the Year award. Vicky is a lead checker for our Quality Control Team at Burris.

As a leader, Vicky meets with her staff of checkers at the start of shift and asks for their input on how they will meet productivity goals and objectives for the day. Whenever there are special projects that need to be addressed and handled, Vicky is the first person to volunteer. She has excellent communication skills and enjoys working with all of our teams within the warehouse.
With regard to her productivity, Vicky and her team have checked 17,142,195 cases so far this year and they have excelled at a 99.97% quality standard.

Vicky is extremely resourceful, and whether she is checking cases or observing dock flow, Vicky will inform all warehouse management of any potential roadblocks that may impact the productivity for the day. Also, our auditors rely heavily on Vicky for her in-depth knowledge. She is extremely versatile with all of our commodities in the warehouse and is also a great trainer to all of our new team members.

For all of the reasons listed above, please consider her for the award.

Thank you,
Elkton Burris Logistics Shipping Team

Don also went on to say, “It is one if my favorite things, every year, to read the success stories of what I believe to be our country’s greatest resource….The American Worker.”  We couldn’t agree more Don!

Congratulations to Vicky and thank you to RefrigiWear!

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