Although The Dow Chemical Company was once widely known for producing sought-after commodity chemicals and plastics, in recent years the company has transformed itself into a solution-driven science and technology company with a rich innovation pipeline. Dow’s global supply chain is essential in supporting the company’s innovation and commercialization objectives, as well as its growth and profitability around the world. 

The diversification of Dow’s product portfolio has increased the complexity of the company’s supply chain by orders of magnitude over the commodity days. “Today, supply chain is a much more integrated part of our business strategy and day-to-day operations,” says Jacqueline Faseler, director of Dow’s global supply chain technology and expertise center.

When a company specializes in a variety of frozen foods, the ingredients for its products must originate in a wide number of locations, some of them international. Nevertheless, Windsor Foods is able to source most of its ingredients within the United States, although some specialty items are obtained from the countries where the dishes originate.

HVCC is a provider of automotive thermal energy management solutions. The company’s products and services control cabin temperature in vehicles and provide powertrain cooling solutions using its state-of-the-art technologies. It has become the world’s leading company in its market because of its technological capabilities and its ability to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction.

The company in its current form began to take shape earlier this year when Visteon Corporation and its Korean affiliate Halla Climate Control (HCC) entered into an agreement to consolidate most of Visteon's automotive climate business into HCC. The transaction was first outlined in September 2012, and it was completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Whenever a person takes a flight, there’s a strong chance they are riding on a plane with parts from Triumph Group Inc. The firm manufactures and designs aerospace structures, systems and components for “most every aircraft manufacturer,” says Darren Hill, director of supply chain management and maintenance operations of Triumph Fabrications Hot Springs.

These include firms such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp., which all expect “a quality part, on time at a good price,” he says, noting that Triumph Group also serves the U.S. military.

The company has its roots in Alco Standard Corp., a conglomerate of the network of companies in multiple industries. By the early 1990s, Alco had acquired aerospace and specialty manufacturing companies.

When companies such as Godiva or the Jack Daniel Distillery need packaging with special colors or textures, they turn to FiberMark, Vice President of Supply Chain Management Christopher J. Martin says. “We service the highest end of the secondary packaging industry,” he declares. 

Based in Brattleboro, Vt., FiberMark manufactures fiber-based covering materials and durable paperboards for multiple industries around the world. The company’s history goes back to 1861 with the formation of Case Brothers in Manchester, Conn.

This year has been an eventful one for Crown Imports LLC. The Chicago-based beer importer in 2013 became a wholly owned division of its former part owner, Constellation Brands, following Constellation’s purchase of the U.S.-based business of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which is Crown Imports’ other former partial owner.

The transaction effectively makes Crown Imports the third-largest beer company in the United States by volume and will transform its supply chain from being one that was purely distribution-based to one that includes manufacturing operations. As part of the deal, Constellation Brands gained control of a brewery built in 2010 in Piedras Negras, Mexico, as well as the brand license to import, market, sell and extend the Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria brands in the United States. 

Even the term “supply chain” connotes a system of links, and when one of those links changes, the chain must change with it. So in 2011, when Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) made a major switch in its distribution network, the company had to build a system to support the new modus operandi. 

CBA – which is the result of the 2008 merger between craft brew companies Redhook and Widmer Brothers – markets five brands that are distributed nationally and internationally. Redhook, Widmer Brothers, and Kona are available via tap,  bottle and cans.  The newest additions to the CBA portfolio are Omission beer, which undergoes a special process to remove gluten, and Square Mile Cider. It operates four breweries in Portland, Ore., Seattle, Portsmouth, N.H., and Kona, Hawaii. 

People in the agriculture, construction and all-terrain markets need tires that are built to endure harsh conditions, and Carlisle Transportation Products (CTP) Inc. provides that essential durability, Director of Procurement Gary Busch says. 

“We’re one of the top [tire companies], overall,” he declares.


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