CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—March 1, 2011 (James Street Media Services)— Kenco Logistic Services LLC (KLS), one of the most respected names in the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, is proud to announce that its Whirlpool Corporation distribution center in Orlando, Florida has been awarded the distinction of being named a WERC Certified Facility.
To earn this distinction, the WERC program provides an industry-standard grading methodology that includes facility inspection and process assessment by an independent third party. The program is voluntary and certifies an individual warehouse facility’s capabilities and its ability to perform core warehousing functions.
"We are proud of this accomplishment, and I am pleased to have achieved it with one of our leading 3PLs, Kenco," says Kevin A. O’Meara, senior director, supply chain operations, NAR, Whirlpool Corporation. "Kenco supports our critical supply chain requirements, and the WERC certification confirms that we work together effectively to provide the best service in the appliance industry."
“As a company, Kenco is dedicated to operational excellence,” says Andy Smith, KLS president and COO. “But it is the daily attention to detail by each individual member of our team that made this achievement possible.”
Kenco’s team at the Whirlpool facility includes: Hank Gonzalez, general manager; Pete Bradley, operations manager; Darrell Matthew, warehouse supervisor; Joshua King, site logistics engineer; and Mark Ziccardi, inventory manager.
“As the recognized leader in education and research for the warehouse, distribution and logistics industry, WERC focuses on advancing the art and science of warehousing/distribution and driving the warehouse profession to new levels,” says Michael J. Mikitka, WERC’s chief executive officer. “WERC is pleased to award the Kenco Whirlpool Orlando, Florida facility with this certification. We congratulate both management and associates in their pursuit of best practice and continuous improvement.”
The Warehousing Education and Research Council is the only professional association focused exclusively on warehouse management and its role in the supply chain. Members are experts from all facets of the distribution industry who come together to share practical knowledge and professional expertise to improve individual and industry performance. Learn more at www.WERC.org.
About Whirlpool Brand
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $17 billion in 2009, 67,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. Whirlpool brand recognizes that consumers lead busy, active lives and continues to create solutions that help consumers optimize productivity and efficiency in the home. In addition to designing appliance solutions based on consumer insight, Whirlpool brand is dedicated to creating ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances like the new Duet® washer which uses 74 percent less water and 80 percent less energy than a traditional top load washer manufactured before 2004. When used with the washer, the new Duet® Resource Saver® dryer improves dryer energy usage by 40 percent as compared to traditional top-load laundry pairs, average size load. Whirlpool is one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool brand, please visit www.whirlpool.com. Additional information about the company can be found at www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
About Kenco Logistic Services
Kenco Logistic Services is one of the nation's leading third-party logistics providers (3PL), managing over 100 facilities and 25 million square feet of warehouse space in 30 states and Canada. Kenco currently provides logistics services for many industry-leading, Fortune 500 companies such as Whirlpool, GlaxoSmithKline, Cummins, and DuPont. Kenco specializes in facilities and services for the pharmaceutical, apparel, automotive, food, textile, and appliance industries. Learn more at www.kencologisticservices.com.