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Burris Logistics Included on IARW’s Lists of the Top 25 Largest PRW Locations!

In the beginning of this month, the IARW (International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses) published its annual lists of the top 25 Public Refrigerated Warehouses with the greatest capacity of space.  The first list includes the top 25 for North America and the second looks at the top 25 Global rankings of all of the active members of the IARW.

This year we are happy to report that Burris Logistics ranks #9 in North America and #13 in the world on IARW’s lists!

Burris Logistics has over 63,679,576 cubic feet of refrigerated warehousing space spread out along the East Coast!

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Burris Team Member Success Story: Mike Dameron from Burris Lyndhurst!

This month we would like to recognize Mike Dameron, Operations Manager for our Burris Lyndhurst, VA location! Mike has been a valued team member for over 16 years and has performed just about every warehouse task there is at this facility. We asked Mike to share his Burris story with us.  Thank you Mike for all that you do for Team Burris!

Mike Dameron

The first position I held at Burris, was a lumper.  I started out loading and unloading floor loaded trucks.

My reasoning for joining Burris was pretty simple, I needed a job.  I was 23 years old and had just got out of the Air Force. A few of my friends were working here at Burris at the time and Burris was among one of the many places I had put applications in.  With the help of my friends, well, Burris was the first to call.  So, I took the job and started here at Burris.

How I learned about warehouse operations was through working my way through the variety of jobs there is in daily operations.  After working as a lumper, I moved over to running the de-slat machine, taking slats out of pallets of chicken when they came out of the blast freezer.  There is where I began to learn how to operate the Hi-Lifts.  Once I learned how to operate the hi-lift, not being that good at it at that time, I was moved down on the dock as a lift operator, pulling out bound loads and putting away inbounds. While working on the docks, I learned a variety of other tasks, such as operating the loaders and learning the different ways to load trailers.  I learned how to operate the cherry picker, split sheet and even ventured outside the warehouse to learn who to run the yard jockey.  After several years, I was offered a job on second shift as a supervisor.  I found supervision to be very challenging at first, but quickly found my groove with the way I needed to do things and it became very good for me.  I enjoyed the days for the most part and I really enjoyed the people that worked for me  . The next move I made, was into inventory, as the inventory manager.  We had normally run one person in inventory, but with the change in our business,  we had decided to expand and actually start up an inventory control department.  We had some real challenges in the warehouse at the time, and it was a challenge I was ready to take on.

My time as inventory control manager was where I became interested in pursuing future opportunities in operations.  I worked closely with the operations manager and general manager and was able to learn a lot about the way things operated.  When I was offered the job as operations manager, I felt I was ready and accepted the job.

My advice for others who may want to pursue a career at Burris is to learn as much as you can.  Take advantage of all opportunities that may come, such as going to help out at other warehouses, taking some of the classes and seminars that Burris offers.  Be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that is out there and be able to think outside the box.  I had the opportunities, while as inventory manager, to travel to several other warehouses. I have meet a lot a great people and have learned something from all of them.

I am on my 16th year here at Burris, and I am looking forward to many more years.  I am grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to me here at Burris.

Below is Mike on the left with James, one of the warehouse supervisors of Lyndhurst. Thank you Mike!

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Burris Success Story: Steve Tuttle


It is that time of the month again! Our Burris Success Stories are brief highlights of Burris team members who have risen up through the company by way of hard work, dedication and commitment. This month we highlight Steve Tuttle from our Burris Elkton facility.

We asked Steve to answer 7 quick questions to paint a better picture of his journey from Order Selector to Warehouse Supervisor in a little over 3 years.

1.  What was your first position with Burris?
I started with Burris in March of 2009 as a selector.

2.  Why did you join the Burris team?
I joined Burris initially to drive for them.

3.  How did you learn about and become interested in following a career path in Warehouse Operations?
I developed a good relationship with supervisors on the PM shift.  They encouraged me on numerous occasions to apply for supervisory opportunities because they felt as though I had a plethora of knowledge within warehouse operations.

4.  What did you learn that helped you to grow?  Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?
I had to learn what Leadership was really about, and how there was multiple facets of who makes a true leader and what skills are needed. Bill Morrow, through positive coaching and development, was instrumental in guiding me to this next step in my career with Burris.  

5.  What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?
I would have to tell them to gain as much knowledge about Burris from a business perspective as they can.  Also, always look for ways to continue your advancement –  you might not be ready at the time a position opens up, but you can prepare for the next opening.

6.  What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?
All the positions that I have held at Burris have been challenging in their own way, and this is what I most like about them.

Great work Steve! Thank you for being an important part of the Burris Team!


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Burris Staying Connected to the Industry

Burris has been busy this month!

Burris Attends FMI/GMA 4th Annual Supply Chain Conference

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Earlier this month, Burris Logistics Custom Retail Distribution sponsored and participated in the fourth annual FMI/GMA Joint Supply Chain Conference held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.   Brian Haley and John Haggerty were in attendance representing Burris. They were also joined by Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics.  This conference brings retailers, distributors, manufacturers and logistics experts together to collaborate on the latest supply chain innovations, technologies and strategies in the industry.  Attendees enjoyed a rich content agenda kicked off by, Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP,  the opening keynote speaker.

Pictured: Brian Haley and John Haggerty of Burris are joined by Rhett Asher and Meredith Bombella of FMI

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Burris Attends RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference Logistics 2013


Burris Custom Retail Distribution sponsored and exhibited for the first time at the RILA Supply Chain Conference held at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL on February 17-20. In attendance from Burris was Donnie Burris, CEO; Mike McGraw, Vice President of Purchasing; Brian Haley, Vice President of Sales; and John Haggerty, Vice President Business Development,  as well as Burris guest Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics. Laura Sen, CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club was the opening keynote speaker.

Pictured: Brian Haley and Mike Bargmenn are joined by Liz Maxted of Liquidity Services

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Twenty Burris Team Members Attend the 49th Annual WFLO Institute

Burris Logistics Team Members at WFLO


For the third year in a row, twenty Burris team members enjoyed a four-day industry specific program called WFLO Institute (World Food Logistics Organization).  Attendees enjoyed more  than 40 classes taught by leading experts in the refrigerated warehousing industry.  Over the four days, our team members were cross trained and educated in all areas of public warehousing refrigeration regardless of their job titles. Maggie Owens, Burris Marketing, says, “WFLO is great because it takes you out of your silo mindset, and you come away with a better understanding of all the touch points of the business.”

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We are looking forward to many more opportunities to connect this Spring!

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Burris Team Member Success Story: Matt Tauscher from Burris Jacksonville

This month’s Burris Success Story comes from Burris Jacksonville! Matt Tauscher has worked for Burris for 7 years now. He began as a lumper and is now a Warehouse Supervisor! Thank you Matt for your hard work and dedication to Burris.




  1. What was your first position with Burris? When I started with Burris, I was lumper, unloading floor loaded containers.
  2. Why did you join the Burris team?  I really was not sure what I was looking to do as far as work and needed a job having just moved back home to Florida.  I heard about the job through my sister who worked for the company at the time.  Figured, why not try something new?
  3. How did you learn about and become interested in following a career path in Warehouse Operations? I have members of my family that have worked in the Warehousing industry in the past so I was familiar with what Warehousing Operations is, I just lacked personal experience.  To be honest, at the time I had not planned on going into the industry until I started at Burris and realized I enjoyed doing it.  That was when I decided to move forward and see what I could do, not only within the industry, but more so within the company itself.
  4. What did you learn that helped you to grow?  Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?  I had really little to no knowledge at all when I started so everything was pretty much new to me.  I just took every opportunity to learn anything I could that would better me at my job and make me more valuable to the company.  I am currently going to be on my second year at the WFLO program, I have attended Burris University and HPWP all in the past year along with supervisory training classes all provided by Burris. I have had a lot of supervisors, managers and even fellow team members that have all helped mentor me over the years.  They had all seen the hard work I put in everyday and were willing to help guide me down the right path to the success I have achieved so far.
  5. What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris? The best advice I think for other team members interested in furthering a career at Burris is just to be open to learning new things, be willing to take every opportunity that comes about with an open mind that something positive can come out of it.
  6. What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?  I have worked pretty much every position in the warehouse over the years.  Starting as lumper, to receiver/auditor, to loader, to reach truck operator to team lead to now supervisor.  I have even participated in the inventory department regularly over the years.  Each position provided me opportunity to obtain new knowledge that would later help with other positions.
  7. Feel free to add any other information you feel would help us tell your story and encourage others to take advantage of career opportunities. The only other thing I would like to add is that I have gotten this far in 7 years with no prior job experience in the industry.  Burris is constantly doing things to push me and continue to help me grow.  The plan is not to stop now………….
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