Tuesday, June 20, 2017

R & D, New Product Development, Continuous Improvement are Focus of New Engineering Manager

Husky Corporation has named Zach Holcomb to the position of Engineering Manager. Holcomb will be responsible for the company’s 13-member engineering team with a focus on research and development, product development, continuous improvement and product cost reduction.

Holcomb was promoted from his previous position as Product Design Engineer, where he helped develop new fuel dispensing industry products after joining Husky in 2014.

“Zach has exhibited natural leadership skills in his development work so tagging him for expanded responsibilities was a natural,” said Husky Executive Vice President Brad Baker. “He has done a great job focusing on the needs of internal and external customers with his approach to product design. Husky needed an engineering manager to handle all the technical details and inspire others to greater levels of performance.”

Holcomb holds a BSME degree in Combustion Engines/Controls/Materials from the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. His previous experience includes holding the positions of R&D Engineer/Owner (with GenAcc, LLC) and Sales Engineer (with Eserv, a Perot Systems Company).

“I hope to have a project management approach as the engineering manager with intentions to be well-versed in all our projects to get them completed in a timely manner,” Holcomb said.  “The history is pretty strong here with patents and innovative new products for the market. It will definitely be interesting and exciting to go beyond the fuel dispensing equipment market, working with new companies we acquire.”

Holcomb said it will be important to integrate the business units Husky has added in recent years so that each gets the proper amount of attention. He indicated the company has several new products under development involving a number of Husky Corporation operating divisions.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why Efficiency is Critical for Distributors - and How to Get an Edge

Distributors want to schedule their deliveries when customers need products. Going before the customer really needs it is inefficient. Going after the customer has run out is unacceptable.

Santie Oil Company is one lubricants company that has taken steps to see that their deliveries are as efficient as possible. This short video describes how Santie utilizes the Enevo logistics optimization system to remotely monitor how their customers are doing across a large service area -- with a high level of efficiency.

There are other advantages Santie has realized since converting to Enevo - including simple installation, more reliable service and information that is available to dispatchers at-a-glance. More information about Enevo is available at http://www.husky.com/enevo/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Instantaneous Access to Essential Information

There can no longer be any doubt that we are living in a world dominated by digital information. So why is it that – in a society connected by computers, smart phones and nearly instantaneous communication capability – certain sectors of the economy are still doing business the “same old way”? For example, tons of companies that distribute petroleum or other liquid products service their customers as they have for decades; by sending trucks on regular “milk runs” without any real idea whether the customer actually needs service. Or if a customer suddenly needs something, the dispatcher orders a costly unscheduled run to keep that customer happy.

There is a much better way. Enevo is a system where durable ultrasonic sensors are placed directly on storage tanks to collect liquid level data and send it by cellular connections. New fill level data is gathered hourly, which generates data to effectively forecast when a tank needs attention. This feature can really optimize distribution logistics. There is a comprehensive toolset for dispatchers and managers to configure sites and schedules, manage fleets, assign routes, monitor operations and view statistics.  

Service Flexibility
The Enevo service provides a great deal of flexibility because the information can be consumed through any web enabled device. Information can be viewed up-to-the minute in this manner. Enevo can also be configured to email scheduled reports and notifications to anyone who needs the information.

A wide variety of insights can be gleaned from the data. The main dashboard screen shows recent deliveries, current fill levels, location maps and estimated dates for when service will be needed. The forecasts are based on historical activity at the sites Enevo is monitoring to provide the greatest savings over time.

The system saves time, money and the environment while providing peace of mind. Enevo operates a control center providing 24/7/365 customer support while constantly monitoring all aspects of the service. When you put it all together, Enevo is miles ahead of any route optimization system available and light years ahead of static route systems.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Husky Leadership Team Expands with Addition of HR Professional

Husky Corporation has added Kate Fenlon to its leadership team as Human Resources Manager. Fenlon brings a wealth of human resources management experience in a variety of industries to her new role at Husky Corporation,a leading manufacturer of fuel dispensing products which has added several operating divisions in related industries in recent years 

The company has seen revenue quadruple, a trend that coincides with the acquisition strategy. Since 2010, the company has added BJE Oil and Lube Products, Hewitt Aviation Fueling Products, and S.U.R.&R. Vehicle Fluid Line Repair Solutions. Additionally, the company offers Benecor DEF Dispensing and Storage systems, Enevo Logistics Optimization systems and Roman Seliger Liquid Loading Arms.
Kate Fenlon Named Human Resources Manager at Husky Corporation
“I chose Husky over other potential employers because they have been growing year over year, both organically and through acquisitions. And they have no plans to stop. So, this provides a unique opportunity to grow with the company,” Fenlon said. “This is a great company that takes really good care of their employees.”  

“As we continue to grow, we need a great team to create and support that growth.  While we have had a person in the HR role for years, it was a position with other responsibilities,” said Husky Executive Vice President Brad Baker. “Creating a full-time HR position will provide focus and dedication to personal development, while allowing time to advocate individually for everyone on the team.”

As she learns about the company to fully develop the HR department, Fenlon has been impressed with many programs the company has in place for employees.  She said a key factor about Husky is the company culture, which she said was validated in initial meetings with employees.

“I asked a few survey questions about Husky. Time and time again, I saw reasons they love the company: The family environment, the benefits, the pay, the time off, and great leadership. Sometimes an outsider has a different perspective. But they see the things that I see. It’s good that sentiment carries over to tenured employees,” Fenlon said.

Fenlon most recently was HR Generalist at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers. She previously served as Human Resource Manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement, Human Resource Manager for Vitek Solution Inc, Corporate Concierge for Spartech Corporation, and Talent & Communication Specialist with Vi-Jon. Fenlon is a certified Professional in Human Resource (PHR) and Certified Paralegal (CP) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Webster University.

Fenlon expects to learn all she can about Husky, by taking full advantage of hands-on training the company provides about its manufacturing operations and reviewing existing personnel procedures, then decide what’s best for the company going forward. She said a strong sign of a growing company is investment in new people who can bring new perspectives.

“Those previous roles helped prepare me to evaluate what would be best here,” Fenlon said. “They are very concerned about making sure that everyone who comes in the door will help retain this family-oriented environment, no matter how big they get. HR will have a big impact on those coming through the door,” Fenlon said.