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Columbian Logistics Sponsors Rightplace 2016 Commodities Outlook

Columbian Logistics Network is pleased to announce that it will serve as full conference sponsor of the  Commodity Trends 2016 Outlook hosted by regional economic incubator The Right Place / MMTC-West  & The Supply Chain Management Council of West Michigan. The event, held at the Pinnacle Center on October 6th, will provide data on commodity trends to help build a purchasing strategy while dealing with volatile markets. Commodities of special focus will be:

  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Energy
  • Logistics

“Columbian is proud to partner with the Right Place, which has done an excellent job of providing information and resources to further economic growth in West Michigan.” Notes Doug Johnson, Executive Vice President at Columbian Logistics.

The event will take place from 8:00am to 11:45am at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Michigan. You may learn more and register here.

Columbian Logistics Leadership Team Promotions

Columbian Logistic s Network’s vision is to be recognized as one of the leading 3rd party logistics companies operating in the Midwest. As part of the effort to achieve this vision, the following leadership changes have been implemented:

Jim Gadziemski is promoted to Vice President Warehouse Operations and Erick Haskell is promoted to General Manager Sprinter Transportation. Bob Christian is promoted to Executive Vice President where he will lead warehouse operations and administrative services.

Doug Johnson, Columbian Logistics Network

Columbian Logistics Network welcomes Executive Vice President Doug Johnson services.

Joining the leadership team as Executive Vice President will be Douglas Johnson. Doug is an Ohio native with an extensive background in transportation and business development, working with companies like Hub Group, CRST, Celadon Trucking and Gainey Transportation. In his new role at Columbian, Doug will be leading transportation operations and business development. The Executive Vice Presidents will provide day-to-day leadership at Columbian, while John Zevalkink will continue in his role as CEO. “These changes will provide the structure and staffing necessary to continue Columbian’s long term growth and sustainability,” notes John Zevalkink.

For questions about the leadership team changes, please contact Mandy VanHaitsma at amavan@columbian.us, or 616-460-5489.


Columbian Speaking at SQF International Conference


Columbian Logistics Network is pleased to announce that Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care, will present at the 2015 SQF International Conference. The conference is hosted by the Safe Quality Food Institute, whose mission is “To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors…”.

Thomas will deliver a presentation titled “Walls To Wheels: Extending SQF Principals Across The Supply Chain”.  “As a company our most fundamental value is Safety, and that includes food safety. We hope this content will help food safety professionals bring back tactics and processes that will help extend food safety out into areas of the supply chain that have historically been ‘rusty links'” Said Thomas.

The conference will take place in Indianapolis, November 3rd – 5th. To learn more about the conference, please visit the SQF International Conference website here.