LOGISTICS BRIEFS

Great Dane Trailers, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and platform trailers, said President and Chief Operating Officer Phill Pines will retire at the end of 2010, after more than 50 years in the trailer industry. Officials said Chief Executive Officer William H. Crown will take on the additional roles of President and COO at the end of the year. Great Dane has offices in Chicago and Savannah, Ga.


Irvine, Calif.-based Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) and Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) announced two promotions. TMHU promoted Martin Boyd vice president of product planning and marketing. Boyd previously was national product planning and marketing manager.

TIEM promoted Tony Miller to vice president of production engineering, design engineering, manufacturing and maintenance. Miller previously served as TIEM’s senior manager, production engineering, manufacturing and maintenance at TIEM's Columbus, Ind., site, which manufactures the majority of Toyota lift trucks.


One of the largest supplier-distributors of fresh and frozen foods to the southeastern United States and the Americas, Quirch Foods, Miami, said its Miami and Orlando, Fla., distribution centers recently earned "A" grades for food safety from an independent auditing firm recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Officials said Quirch Foods' Miami distribution center was "100-percent compliant" in a warehouse/distribution center assessment,’ while the Orlando center received a 97-percent grade. SGS, Geneva, Switzerland, handled the audit.

Howard Tenen, Quirch Foods' quality assurance and regulatory compliance manager, said the SGS audit was one of many steps Quirch continues to make to stay “ahead of the curve in food safety and to make sure Quirch is compliant with the Global Food Safety Initiative program.”