Case Studies

James Carlin: A Strong Man for the Job

When a construction worker on a job site drops a hammer, and no one on the street below gets hurt, James Carlin is one person to thank. His company, Strong Man Building Products Corp., Fairfield, N.J., distributes tarpaulin and netting used in construction, including the huge nets contractors drape over scaffolding to protect their job […]

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Bryan Goins: It’s All About the Execution

In 1994, Bryan Goins joined Associated Food Stores (AFS) to help re-engineer major business processes at the Salt Lake City-based grocery distribution cooperative. It was not an easy transition. ” I went home almost every day for one year asking myself, ‘What have I done?’” Goins says. Goins spent the previous 18 years at Ryder […]

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Yolande Burnham: Grains, Trains and Supply Chains

Years ago, Yolande Burnham managed shipments of durham wheat, corn, and other grains. Today, rail lines that haul those commodities depend on Burnham’s employer—Union Switch & Signal (US&S), Pittsburgh,Pa.—for the systems they need to operate efficiently and safely. Burnham is vice president, global supply chain and manufacturing for US&S, a leading manufacturer of signaling, automation, […]

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