Outstanding AIB Audit at Grandville, MI Warehouse

Columbian Logistics Network is please to announce it’s Grandville distribution center has passed it’s AIB International audit with a score of 960. The AIB International is a globally recognized non-profit that provides independent audit service, consulting, and educational programs in an effort to promote food safety across the food processing and distribution industries. The audit system for food distributors is composed of 5 categories:

  1. Operational Methods and Personnel PracticesAIB-International
  2. Maintenance for Food Safety
  3. Cleaning Practices
  4. Integrated Pest Management
  5. Adequacy of the Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs

Scores are determined by the number and type of ‘observations’ recorded by the auditor. “We are really proud of this score, it’s a great reflection of our commitment to providing our customers with the highest level of food safety.” Notes Jim Gadziemski, General Manager of Warehousing. Grandville facility manager Tami Binkowski would like to recognize the contributions of Dave Cotto, Food Safety Specialist, and Alisha Nettles, 1st shift warehouseman. “Their hard work and dedication really help make the audit process go seamlessly, and they are already planning on how to raise the score for next year!”.

Columbian Logistics Network Achieves Safe Quality Food Level 2 Certification

Grand Rapids, Michigan (February, 2013) – Five Columbian Logistics Network facilities have been recognized by the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute with the Level 2 (SQF 2000) SQF Certification. SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. This certification is a globally recognized achievement that reflects a company’s commitment to food safety, quality and legality.
Administered by the Food Marketing Institute, the qualification process for this certification consists of two audits; a desktop audit which reviews company safety policies and procedures in regards to food safety, along with a facility audit which covers sanitation, facility cleanliness, and personnel practices along with the enforcement and roll out of safety procedures. After completion of the two audits, Columbian finished with a total score of 95 points out of a possible 100. The Level 2 certificate endorses these 5 facilities with a certified Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan that is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Columbian’s General Manager, Jim Gadziemski says, “This is a huge step forward for Columbian in a sense that less than a year ago, three of our facilities earned the SQF Level 1 certification, now five of our facilities are SQF Level 2 certified. I’m not aware of any other third-party logistics firm in the Midwest with this certification. I think it speaks volumes about our commitment to food safety and continuous improvement.”
Columbian Logistics Network is a full-service 3rd party logistics company, providing a broad spectrum of warehousing, inventory management, manufacturing support, food logistics, and transportation services.
–Columbian delivers customized solutions designed to optimize the success of our customer’s supply chain. For more information, visit www.columbianlogistics.com.

General Manager, Jim Gadziemski earns APICS CSCP Designation

Grand Rapids, MI, (1/28/2013) – Jim Gadziemski of Columbian Logistics Network was recently recognized as an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). APICS CSCP is a program offered by APICS, the Association for Operations Management.

Jim is presently General Manager of Columbian Logistics Network in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he oversees and manages seven warehouses and another in Detroit, Michigan.

Introduced in 2005, the APICS CSCP program takes a broad view of the supply chain field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain – from the supplier, through the company, to the end customer – and provides the candidate with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company’s value chain. To qualify for the APICS CSCP designation, a candidate must complete a rigorous course of study and a comprehensive examination.

“I am proud to have earned the APICS CSCP designation. It represents a commitment to excellence. Companies and individuals can benefit from the APICS body of knowledge to build operations management excellence,” Jim said.

APICS The Association for Operations Management builds knowledge and skills in operations management professionals to enhance and validate abilities and accelerate careers. We help our members and their organizations successfully compete and build a stronger global economy. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.