As one of the world’s most successful and largest suppliers of specialty chemicals, W.R. Grace understands the importance and value of a strong catalyst. The company has remained consistently focused on excellence for more than 160 years, but Grace could not have maintained its level of success for long without the periodic need to introduce new catalysts for change. According to Director of Global Supply Chain Steven Seeb, the global chemical giant recently introduced a new catalyst in the form of a realignment of its supply chain that he says will make the company more efficient and provide better service to its customers around the world. 

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Vantage Drilling was founded with a vision of bringing the best people together with the highest specification, modern fleet in the offshore drilling industry. It has a portfolio of modern rigs with the youngest ultra-deepwater fleet and the third youngest jack-up fleet in the industry. 

Founded in September 2006, Vantage Drilling had its first operating rig working in Thailand in February 2008. It now has three operating drillships and four jack-ups, with another drillship currently under construction. It is also managing the construction of two further drillships for Sonangol, the state oil company of Angola. Its rigs currently operate in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Asia. Vantage has worked in 15 countries. 

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Success in supply chain management can often be a simple matter of the connections a company makes. When it comes to finding solutions for energy, more than 3,000 companies have found success by having Tradition Energy in their corner. As one of the largest and most experienced, full-service energy management and procurement consulting firms in the world, Tradition Energy is in the business of helping its clients make the energy connections that best serve their needs and their bottom line. As Managing Director Justin Maccarone explains, the firm’s independence from energy service providers and its expertise make it ideally suited to help clients source what they’re looking for. 

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Spectrum Health has several unique initiatives underway as its supply chain contract administrators proceed with standard sourcing. 

John Shull, system supply chain director, explains the system’s sourcing tasks include procedures for capital items, supply items and service. The supply chain division also ensures proper logistical movements of goods throughout the system of healthcare sites. “We ensure an appropriate inventory anticipating future demand,” Shull says. 

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Skechers USA’s robust international growth has led to the expansion of its European Distribution Center. Its warehouse in Liege, Belgium, opened 12 years ago. Prior to that, Skechers’ overseas distribution needs were handled by third-party logistics. 

The distribution center began with ten employees in a 270,000-square-foot building. In 2009, a second 215,000-square-foot building was added. Now, there are more than 150 employees working at the European Distribution Center and by next year the facility will measure more than 750,000 square feet with a third building scheduled for completion in 2015. 

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Simonds International Corp. has been manufacturing sawing and cutting tools since 1832, and the company knows its industry very well. “We have been serving the marketplace for 183 years,” Corporate Director of Procurement Mark Wysk says. “We are a manufacturer specializing in offering solutions to customers and serving the global marketplace.”

Clients in many wood- and metal-fabricating industries have turned to Simonds International for products and services to improve their position in the marketplace. 

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Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers – from utilities and cities to industrial complexes and campuses – do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities. The company provides innovation in sensing and communications technologies, data analytics and services.

“The public service industry is on the verge of profound changes, and the changes will affect the future in big ways,” Director of Sourcing Ron Malin says.

Sensus offers solutions that address applications including advanced metering infrastructure, demand response, leak detection and outdoor lighting control.

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For more than 80 years, Palomar Health has provided care to patients in the North San Diego County region. 

“We’re meeting the community’s needs, and that’s what’s kept us in business,” Director of Corporate Supply Chain Services Steve Ellis says.

The public health district’s history goes back to 1933, when nurse Charlotta Baker Hintz and dietician Elizabeth Martin left their positions at the Anaheim Sanitarium to form a hospital to serve the city of Escondido, Calif. The two purchased an egg and poultry plant and remodeled it into a 13-bed hospital.

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