Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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.
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.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
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.
“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.