Each of the 13 building material supply companies that make up US LBM Holdings LLC are given a great deal of flexibility when it comes to serving customers.  These companies operate their own fleet and distribution centers while partnering with select suppliers based on customer brand preferences.

“We think allowing this flexibility drives creativity and innovation. It also gives us the opportunity to share best practices that work at one company and can be adopted by others,” EVP Supply Chain Randy Aardema says.

Formed in 2009 by LT Gibson with the acquisition of three professional builder supply companies, US LBM Holdings has become the fastest growing building material distribution company in the United States.  The company currently consists of 13 business divisions with more than 70 locations serving 11 states in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Western United States.  US LBM is actively adding acquisitions and new green field locations for current divisions. 

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For the management, production and logistics experts at Madden, the sky is the limit.

Madden was founded by Joe Madden in 1957 as a printing company, President Sean Madden explains. Brothers Joe and John Madden transformed their printing into more than a commodity service with their unique and innovative ways to approach customers. “They spent a lot of time simplifying complex processes with lots of elements such as multipage books, binders, manuals and typesetting columns,” Sean Madden says. “They built solutions to integrate these processes and eliminate redundant steps. They applied these techniques for a variety of production needs, especially for high-output pages for training manuals.”

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Serving companies in the military, aerospace, medical and industrial sectors, IEC Electronics Corp. understands its products must be “absolutely, positively perfect and on-time,” according to its tagline. But this is no marketing gimmick; IEC is dedicated to delivering only the best electronic manufacturing services because it knows what’s on the line for its customers.

“The markets we deal in are high reliability, mission-critical or life-threatening,” Director of Supply Chain Tiger Biletnikoff explains. “We can’t afford to have anything other than the highest level of quality. Our tagline is how we run our business, day in and day out. There is no other way to run our business successfully.”

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HID Global has always been on the forefront of technology in its field. The company provides the industry’s most extensive portfolio of readers, cards, controllers and software to create, manage and use secure identities. HID Global’s open platform supports multiple credential technologies and offers the greatest degree of flexibility and choice in secure access control. 

The company’s worldwide presence supports more than 100 countries and its skills in engineering and manufacturing made it an industry leader, but its supply chain operations were in need of a boost in scalability. Although the company has continued to grow, both organically and through acquisition, supply chain operations was feeling the impact of not keeping pace. For the past two years, HID Global has been focused on upgrading its supply chain. 

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Based out of corporate headquarters in Houston and Dubai, Halliburton has been in operation for nearly a century. Founded in 1919, it is now one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the global energy industry. With more than 80,000 employees and working in more than 80 countries, Halliburton serves the upstream oil and natural gas industry all the way from locating hydrocarbons to optimizing production through the life of the field.

Today, the company offers one of the deepest portfolios of products, services and integrated solutions for oil and gas exploration, development and production. Its business is structured to include 13 product service lines (PSLs), which oversee the company’s strategy, technology development, process development, people development and capital allocation. To ensure future success, Halliburton has worked to strengthen its position in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres with several major operating regions, and by adding to its manufacturing capacity, moving closer to key markets, and helping to reduce the costs of moving materials, products, tools and people.

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One of the world’s leading mass media companies, CBS Corporation is known for the creation and distribution of industry-leading content through a wide variety of platforms. But what is not as well known is the important and evolving role that supply chain, procurement and strategic sourcing play in CBS Corporation’s success. Putting together a professional supply chain operation has been an ongoing undertaking for the company since its split from Viacom in 2005.

“It is an important factor for us because cost management is a strategic initiative of the corporation,” Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Tom Hogan says. “We are decentralized, and each division in many respects is fairly siloed, from TV to radio and online to publishing. We can leverage procurement requirements across those decentralized divisions, working with them directly to drive out costs in ways that are aligned with corporate and divisional strategic initiatives.”

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Keeping one of the leading manufacturers of high-speed mailing equipment running smoothly requires solid supply chain management. Bell and Howell, maker of high-speed sorting and mail inserting equipment, relies heavily upon its network of suppliers.  Under the leadership of Patty Holt, C.P.M., vice president of supply chain, Bell and Howell maintains a steady, even hand in guiding the task of procuring the 70,000 parts used every day across their North American manufacturing and service field operations.

When parts availability means crucial uptime for equipment, there is no compromising on availability and turnaround time. “Our customers need us to deliver what they need, when they need it. Consistency of delivery is vital to keeping the trust they put in us. We understand that when a system is down, it costs our customers money,” Holt notes.

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Appvion Inc. has innovation in its bloodline. Founded 1907, as the Appleton Coated Paper Company, the company has been on the leading edge of developing and applying paper coating technologies. By 1935 the company had become the largest manufacturer of specialty papers in the world. In the 1954, Appvion helped NCR Corporation introduce the first carbonless paper, a product that revolutionized the forms industry by eliminating the mess and bother of carbon interleaves. The company has sold more than 14 million tons of the product since it was introduced.

In the late 1960s Appvion again partnered with NCR to produce a specialty coated paper that uses heat rather than pressure, like in carbonless, to create on image. NASA was among the first users of this new thermal paper for its moon missions. Today Appvion is the largest North American producer of thermal paper products. 

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