With so many great events happening, we have had a hard time keeping up with them on our blog! Here are handful of our most recent news stories. Enjoy!
Penn State Career Fair!
Members of our team were trilled to once again be at the Smeal College of Business Supply Chain Career Fair. This semester’s fair was held on September 9 & 10 and there were over 500 students in attendance from sophomore year through MBA. There were four Burris team members there: Tim Peifley, General Manager of Burris Logistics in Elkton, MD; Lisa Pearson, Talent Acquisition Specialist; Heather Grubbe, Training & Development Specialist; and Megan Howard, Team Member Relations Specialist. We had the chance to talk to many students and conducted interviews with possible candidates during our time there. We received feedback from several students who had mentioned that their professors had recommended Burris based on the positive experiences they have heard from our past interns. Congratulations to Penn State’s Supply Chain undergraduate education program which was recently ranked No. 1 by Gartner, Inc!
The Ride Along Experience – A Fresh Perspective From a Burris Team Member!
When the Burris ride-along experience started, I was quite eager to sign up. As a kid I always wanted to take a ride in a tractor trailer, so getting a chance to do that was more than enough reason to add my name to the list. More importantly, I finally had a chance to see one of our customers stores. After spending two years with Burris, I thought it was about time to see our customer up-close and personal, the same way they saw our facility two weeks prior to my ride.
It was an early start for me on Saturday the 13th , as I had to meet up with Adam Banks to depart New Castle by 5am. Our destination was one of our customer’s stores located in Glen Mills, MD, about twenty miles up RT202. Before we could head out, Adam needed to put together the paperwork required for the trip, as well as inspecting both the truck and our trailer. After everything checked out, we were free to hit the open road! Driving up I95 and RT202 had been nothing new to me, but sitting five feet higher and hauling a 40+ foot trailer certainly was. For the duration of the trip, Adam and I discussed the ins-and outs of being a driver and his own adventures throughout his driving career.
As we arrived at our destination, Adam skillfully backed the trailer into an open door (first try, of course) and reviewed his paperwork before we exited the truck. Seeing as how we showed up a little early, we weren’t expecting anyone to answer the door right away. But luck seemed to be on our side as not a moment went by before someone let us in.
Immediately after walking inside I noticed how small the store’s dock was, and I thought about how careful and meticulous our customers employees have to be in order to correctly and safely break down the pallets we deliver, all while swiftly getting product to their shelves.
Adam and I worked together pulling each pallet off the trailer and safely avoiding any product already sitting on the dock floor. I even had the honor of pulling some pallets off (all heavier than Adam’s) and dropping them in the necessary areas. Once the manager checked each pallet for any concerning issues, he signed our paperwork, wished us well and sent us on our way.
The whole process went as smooth as we had hoped! I came back with a lot of knowledge on the responsibilities a driver has, from the safe driving on their route to ensuring the right product is delivered to our customer, on time and undamaged. It was a very interesting and eye-opening experience to see and be a part of the last step in our shipping process. I absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to sign up for the ride-along program while it lasts, because knowing the ins-and-outs of the Burris operation is what puts us above the rest!
– Curtis Williamson, Inventory Control, Burris Logistics New Castle
Leroy “Mike” Graham Retires After 40 Years With Burris Harrington
September 12, 2014
Harrington is at once delighted and disheartened to announce the retirement of long time Burris team member, Leroy “Mike” Graham. This month marks 40 years Mike has dedicated to the company, beginning his career in September 1974 alongside many fellow 40 year Burris veterans.
Whether he had a joke, book or just a smile to share, Mike brought much joy to the workplace. Mike has worn many hats throughout his tenure here, spending the last several years in our damage control department. We are indebted to Mike’s contributions and willingness to take on any task. He takes with him 40 years of valuable knowledge and experience.
We honored his devotion not only as a team member, but as a friend, Friday, September 12, 2014 in a luncheon filled with good food, company, memories, laughs and bittersweet tears. Mike’s wife Louise, longtime co-workers and friends Gary Walstead, Ed Melvin, Horace Dudley and Bill Adkins stopped in along with several Harrington team members to bid Mike farewell.
I leave you with a quote from Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, written by James Patterson, one of Mike’s favorite authors:
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
Burris Logistics Attends Global Conference for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Burris attended the Global Conference for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) this past week, September 21-24. Burris is a corporate member of CSCMP. This year the conference was held in San Antonio, Texas and over 3,000 supply chain professionals were in attendance. Representing Burris was John Haggerty, Brian Haley, John Texeira, Mike Bargmann, Heather Grubbe, and Megan Howard.
From the keynote speakers to professionals leading the break-out sessions, there were so many opportunities to learn and connect with others. Heather and Megan participated in the Student Recruitment Day meeting many of our future supply chain leaders! We made some great connections with students as well as educators.
Our last key note speaker was a comedian, Judy Carter, who encouraged us all to create “the message of you.” Rather than letting our situations get us down, we can use it to create our message and serve out our life purpose. She also felt that supply chain is an industry that doesn’t get enough appreciation so she wrote us our own rap song. One of the lines of her rap was “I say this without hesitation, treat us with appreciation. We’re the supply chain association!” Thank you to all our team members who Make It Happen on a daily basis!
Burris Elkton Reaches Their Safety Milestone!
On September 17th, the Burris Elkton warehouse reached 90 days accident free! They are very excited about their accomplishment and enjoyed a luncheon and two cruise drawings to celebrate.
This is Elkton’s first time being able to meet the eligibility requirements to be eligible for the cruise drawing! They are so proud of their team and they hope to be eligible within the next 86 days for another drawing.
Pictured on the left is Constance Johns, Safety Manager, middle is Vicki Alexander (Quality Assurance Lead and winner!), Frank Ahern, and Tim Peifley. Vicki began her Burris Elkton career in May of 2006 as a member of our Quality Assurance Checking Team. She was promoted in 2012 to a Lead Checker.
Pictured on the right is Damon Portlock, the winner of the second cruise. Damon has been with us since starting as a PM Receiving Team Member in June of 2010.
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