Columbian Logistics Network Educates Michigan Transportation Planning Association

Columbian hosted Michigan Transportation Planning Association (MTPA) Conference attendees for a tour of our warehouse facility at 900 Hall Street Southwest. Attendees included employees from Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), members of the Grand Valley Metro Council, municipal planners and engineers, consultants, elected officials, and staff from other similar metropolitan planning organizations throughout Michigan. Grand Valley Metro Council was the lead agency of the MTPA conference this year.

The tour was one session of the conference’s Transportation Planning track. Tour attendees gathered information on various aspects of freight transportation (specifically truck and rail), warehousing, and how Columbian operates. The MTPA Conference has an overall education component related to transportation planning.

Dennis Kent, region transportation planner at MDOT, said “We anticipate the participants will have a better understanding of the logistics process in general, and this is an opportunity to highlight a locally based logistics company.”

The relationship between Columbian and MDOT dates back approximately 10 years ago. Staff members from MDOT and The Right Place worked with John Zevalkink, CEO at Columbian Logistics Network, to secure a loan through Michigan Rail Loan Assistance Program to fund repairs to the Plaster Creek Bridge on the CSX rail spur which serves Columbian. This partnership allowed Columbian to re-establish rail service into the Hall Street facility.

Kent said, “This tour will help transportation planning professionals to better understand the logistics industry and the issues affecting it locally and statewide.  This partnership with Columbian, MDOT and the MTPA should lead to a better understanding of how public investments in the transportation system impact private sector operations.  We appreciate Columbian allowing us access to their business and facilities as part of the MTPA conference in Grand Rapids.”

American Heart Association FUNdraising

Columbian Logistics - Heart Month Collage

February is designated ‘Heart Month’ by the American Heart Association, and Columbian Logistics Network employees engaged in a variety of fundraising and awareness activities to help strike out heart disease. A  company wide 50/50 raffle, Bowl-A-Thon, and ‘Pie Your Manager’ challenge raised a total of $2,801 for the American Heart Association!

Extra special thanks go to the Columbian Human Resource Team, who organized and ran all of the Heart Month Events. Thank you Jilia, Chris and Julie!!

If you have questions about Columbian Logistics American Heart Association Fundraising efforts, please contact Jilia Hagen at

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Columbian Logistics Network To Present at Michigan Safety Conference

Columbian Logistics Network is pleased to announce that it will present at the 86th Annual Michigan Safety Conference ( April . The two day conference April 19-20th) is organized and operated as a not-for-profit corporation. Membership is on a voluntary basis, with representatives from business, industry, education, labor and government. Over 3,000 attendees make up the safety, health and environmental employees who seek information on the latest techniques and equipment. This year’s event will be be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Devos Place Convention Center. Content divisions include:

  • Agricultural Safety & Rescue
  • CET Division
  • Chemical Division
  • Construction Division
  • Emergency MGT & Fire Safety
  • Environmental MGT. Division
  • Healthcare Division
  • Industrial Division
  • Industrial Hygiene Division
  • Metal Fabricating Section
  • Public Utility & Employer Division
  • Risk & Insurance Division
  • Security Division
  • Transportation Division

Bob Christian, Executive Vice President of Operations at Columbian Logistics Network, will present ‘Building a Culture of Safety’, which will detail the successful steps Columbian Logistics has taken to promote safety throughout the organization, as well leveraging it’s commitment as a competitive advantage.

For questions about Columbian Logistics Network’s presentation, please contact Blair Thomas,, Director of Customer Care.

For more information about the Michigan Safety Conference,  visit

Pie Your Manager – American Heart Association FUNdraiser