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. 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.

"It’s a plug and play system. You activate it. You put it in. And it works. That’s huge for us," said Robbie Sims, General Manager, Santie Oil.

"With Enevo, we can watch the product flow, then we can schedule our deliveries around that. With everything we have to do in this position, efficiency is the key," said Bryan Montgomery, Manager, Santie Oil. "It’s really easy to scroll through and see first thing if there’s anything that’s going to be an emergency, or if we need to go off route, or if we have to allocate one of our drivers to something that’s completely different than we would normally do."

"It has made our lives so much easier on the service side and on the reporting side. It’s night and day. It really is," Sims said.  "It was a good decision to go with Enevo. I think we’ve set 50 or 60 of these monitors. We’ve had no issues. And we look forward to putting more out in the field."
This short video describes the efficiency Santie gets from using the Enevo system.

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/