Lifeblood hosts blood drive for cancer patient

From the Commercial Appeal

Co-workers, friends and family of Lloyd Jones gathered Dec. 3 to honor the transportation veteran with a luncheon and blood drive.

Jones, who has been driving trucks since 1975, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“Our goal with this event was to celebrate his career and his life,” said Barry Bernard, VP of Intermodal Cartage Company. “Forty years is a long time in our industry, so we wanted to commemorate this milestone and also do something to support his battle with cancer.”

The blood drive, held at Intermodal Cartage’s 5707 E. Holmes Road facility, successfully raised 24 units of blood, which was 20 percent more than the day’s goal. A Jackson, Tenn. native, Lloyd and his wife Denise now live in Hernando. They have a blended family of four children, Lloyd (Chip) Jones, Rusty Jones, Brian Maxwell and Jessica Clarke. The couple has five grandchildren and another on the way.

Lloyd has worked as a truck driver since 1975 when he started at McLean Trucking, a company run by Malcolm McLean, the “father of intermodal shipping.” Over the years, Lloyd has won numerous professional awards including Driver of the Year. He has driven for companies such as Ryder, Williamette Industries, TSL and Express America. He has now retired from Intermodal Cartage after seven years of service.

Lloyd’s wife, Denise, serves as apheresis director for Lifeblood, the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center.

 

Transportation firm to expand in Greensboro

After expanding its Triad work force at a Greensboro office it opened a few years ago, a Charleston, S.C.-based company that specializes in transportation services such as import/export cargo shipments is planning to move to a larger facility nearby by Feb. 1.

Atlantic Intermodal Services opened a 1,500-square-foot office at 3225 Pinecroft Court in 2012, with one crew member and about 10 drivers, said Jeff Banton, company president. To read more, visit the Triad Business Journal.

Turning Trucking Around with Technology

IMC Companies’ Mark George spoke to JOC.com about how technology can help with the truck driver shortage, increase productivity, and the benefits of Memphis as ‘America’s Distribution Center.’ To view the interview CLICK HERE.

IMC Global Solutions buys North Carolina Furniture Association

(Memphis, TN) – IMC Global Solutions (IGS), a member of the IMC Companies family of brands announced this week that it has officially acquired Global Shippers Association (GSA), an established leader in the import of home furnishings. This significant acquisition will more than double the size of IGS.

“For some time, we have been seeking out opportunities to expand our reach and customer base,” says IGS president Mason George. “GSA presented a prime opportunity to purchase a company whose customers fully appreciate the value of shipping with an efficiencies-focused logistics expert.”

In addition, GSA customers will now have access to the comprehensive suite of services offered by the IMC Companies family of brands including customs house brokerage, truck brokerage and access to more than 1,500 drivers.

GSA will continue to operate as an association with the same leadership team, and they will continue to be dedicated to the import of home furnishings.

“We are pleased to welcome into our family a like-minded organization that focuses on maximizing efficiencies, providing competitive value and superior customer service,” says Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “I commend Mason and his team for the foresight and hard work it took to finalize this deal. Through his leadership, IGS is creating a platform for IMC Companies to provide a more complete transportation solution for import/export customers, enabling us to remain focused on leading the industry in international trade.”

For more information about Global Shippers Association, visit www.shipgsa.com.

IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs house brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage. To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com.

IMC Cos. leases Lenox suite

Memphis Business Journal
March 20, 2015

IMC Cos., a Memphis-based container drayage, equipment management and logistics solutions company, is expanding its footprint in Lenox Office Park.

March 13, DBA Hart Contractors LLC filed a $26,695 tenant infill-building permit for suite 214 consisting of 2,281 rentable square feet (rsf).

To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.

Potential Chicago drayage shortage awaits LA-LB shippers

Journal of Commerce
November 25, 2014

Shippers face another round of potential woes even after their stalled containers move from congested Los Angeles-Long Beach via intermodal rail to Chicago.

The surge of intermodal volume from Southern California to Chicago ahead of the holiday shopping season could be too much for Windy City drayage drivers, and some shippers could get hit with demurrage charges because of a lack of trucking capacity. Demurrage fees on containers and chassis range generally between $100 and $175.

To read more, visit the Journal of Commerce.

Trucker shortage begs creative solutions

The Commercial Appeal 
September 21, 2014

Shawn Gross took a smoke break as IMC Companies founder and chairman Mark George scrubbed the big rig that Gross is leasing to own under a program aimed at attracting and retaining truck drivers.

Returning from Kansas City, Gross rolled into IMC’s southeast Shelby County terminal in the middle of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and a full-on red carpet treatment.

Information technology takes intermodal industry into future

When Joel Tracy was earlier this year named to the newly minted position of chief information officer at IMC Cos., he was tasked with bringing the logistics company into a new age.

Technology is becoming increasingly important in the intermodal industry, Tracy says. The industry and IMC Cos. are growing quickly, and its larger customers are expecting tracking services like when they make personal buys online.

“They want transparency, no matter what size the package,” he says. “It’s become expected. Business that satisfy that need are going to have customers who are much more loyal and satisfied with your business. They are the ones who are going to return.”

Tracy, who spent 21 years in different positions at FedEx Corp. before joining IMC Cos., says he sticks to a few rules to handle the challenges of his field.

“In my line of work, when you’re trying to run an (information technology) group, organization or whatever it is, you have to understand the times are changing,” Tracy says. “You can’t take a year to deliver a product. My philosophy is to never take on a project that takes more than six months.”

He wouldn’t go into the IT projects IMC Cos. is currently working on, but he says mobile technology for drivers is one of the big industry trends right now, as well as the ability to track engine metrics.

CFO of the Year: Michael Baker, IMC Cos. LLC

Memphis Business Journal
October 17, 2014

What company does: Provide solutions for the intermodal supply chain, including container drayage, customs house brokerage, freight forwarding, chassis provisioning and secured container storage.

Your role: Managing change, planning for and implementing new business processes, strategic planning, financial reporting, banking, acquisitions, analysis and governance of administrative services.

To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.