Columbian To Host ‘Pints with Peers’ Reception

Pints with Peers 2019Columbian Logistics Network will host it’s ‘Pints With Peers’ reception at Atwater Brewing following the Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference on May 19th. The conference, hosted by West Michigan economic incubator The Right Place, will take place at the Eberhard Center in Grand Valley State University’s downtown Grand Rapids campus. “We love hosting the Pints With Peers reception because it gives professionals a chance to discuss sessions they sat in on or bounce ideas off one another in a relaxed environment.” Said Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care.  Food and drinks will be provided, guests are encouraged to register to reserve their spot.

Pints with Peers will take place on March 19th from 4pm to 7pm at Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids.    

Columbian Donates Food to Children in Need

Have you heard of the organization Hand2Hand yet? This organization is doing amazing things for children in our community. Hand2Hand is a nonprofit founded in West Michigan that delivers hope to hungry children by mobilizing communities to provide nutritious food over the weekend to kids.

We have been looking for opportunities to give back to our community this quarter. So after being referred to this amazing organization, Columbian held a Hand2Hand food drive at our corporate location in Grandville, Michigan.

Other local companies participated in our food drive, such as Action Packaging, Bosch Killman VanderWal PC, and Williamson Employment Services. With the combined effort from Columbian and other local companies, Columbian was able to donate thousands of individual food items to the organization. The items collected will supplement food that goes home with children over the weekend provided by hand2hand partners.

“Being food logistics experts, this cause really stood out to us.” said Julie Oosterink, Payroll & Benefits Specialist / Coordinator of this community event, Columbian Logistics Network. “Columbian employees enjoy giving back, especially to the local community. It is important to employees that we are good members of the community and that we share our time and treasure with others.”

The food that we collected for Hand2Hand will be used at their H.O.P.E. Gathering Event in Caledonia. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP here.

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Another Pints with Peers in the Books

Columbian Logistics Network: Where Legendary Customer Service is Always on Tap


After spending a long day at the Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference, we at 17362641_424477947889106_4548634303332741404_nColumbian figured we could all use a chance to unwind, network with our peers, and discuss what we learned or what struck us most strongly.  What better way to do that in Beer City, USA, than host it at one of Grand Rapids’ hottest new tasting rooms?

Columbian held a networking reception, Pints with Peers, on March 16, 2017. A variety of customers and prospective customers joined Columbian employees for a pint or two at the brand new Atwater Brewery tasting room in the southwest corner of the newly renovated Rowe Building, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.  Our Pints With Peers reception featured the full line of Atwater beers and a spread of the restaurant’s finest offerings.

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From Walls to Wheels: 2016 Food Safety Consortium

Director of Customer Care FSMAat the 2016 Food Safety Consortium in Schaumburg, Illinois in early December. Blair presented “Walls to Wheels: Extending SQF Principals with a Certified Clean Trailer Process” and had a very interactive group. The presentation covered how a Certified Clean Trailer Process and other simple protocols can help extend food safety programs outside the four walls of a facility and across diverse carrier networks. Attendees learned how to design and implement a program with the necessary processes around a transportation network.

The presentation raised many questions with attendees about the basics of food logistics in the supply chain. With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), more and more food safety professionals are finding themselves learning simple logistics concepts such as the processes and systems involved in warehousing and transportation. Attendees were very inquisitive about the general foundation of food logistics, which led Columbian to offer a follow up presentation with the group. Food Safety Tech magazine will be hosting another conference in June 2017 called Food Safety and Supply Chain Conference, where Columbian will be present to continue the conversation.

About Food Safety Consortium:

The 4th Annual Food Safety Consortium conference is a summit of Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) industry experts and government officials. The agenda is comprised of panel discussions, individual presentations, “Ask The Experts” discussion groups, workshops and training programs running concurrently, coupled with overarching plenary sessions paired with a table-top exhibition. This is an event focused on food safety education and networking providing attendees best practices and new technology solutions to today’s food safety challenges. For more information about the event, go to