In the Spotlight
Employee in the Spotlight
Lenny Ordway-PABCO Gypsum Warehouse & Shipping Manager
This June, Lenny Ordway will celebrate his 33rd anniversary here at the PABCO Gypsum Las Vegas facility. He started his PABCO careers as a lab tech in the quality control department. He expanded his production knowledge by being a relief foreman in the board plant and warehouse before transferring to the quarry as a foreman in the early 1990s. Lenny remained in the quarry until the opportunity arose to learn SAP; he became a “super user” for the Materials Management and Production Planning modules. This SAP knowledge allowed him to expand and advance to Office Manager. In 2011 he returned to the mining operation as the Quarry Manager for several years before accepting his current assignment as Warehouse & Shipping Manager.
Lenny’s current job responsibilities include: Inventory control, production scheduling, natural gas ordering, managing the loading of tractor trailers, and with the current acquisition of two locomotives, overseeing railcar loading and movement from the plant to the Union Pacific interchange 12 miles north of the plant. And he is still the go-to person for SAP.
Comments by Lenny’s co-workers include: “I’ve worked with Lenny since the late 80’s and the one thing that stands out about him is that no matter the situation if I needed his help he would always be there and do whatever it took to make sure my problems got solved.” “He’s always trying to find ways to make our department more efficient and successful.” “Great boss and great person.”
Location in the Spotlight
If you are one of the Pacific Coast subsidiaries, you work hard every day to develop / sell your products. You have many things to think about besides how your product will get to your customer.
With that being said, why not let Material Transport (MT) manage your freight needs for you? In today’s ever changing, complex world of Electronic Logs changes, California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations, customer needs and safety concerns, why not make it easy for yourself and let MT do what we do best? Safe, efficient flatbed freight.
Today’s MT is lean and mean. We have the trucks, people with the know-how to get the job done, on time, when your customer needs it. And if we cannot move your product on an MT truck, we also have our broker’s license which allows us to hire third party carriers to handle your freight with the same efficiency. Did you know that using our broker’s license and maintaining relationships with third party carriers that MT managed 42,000 loads over the last year?
MT is about to get even better! In March, we completed a full analysis of our systems and procedures using an industry leading transportation consultant. The goal of this project was to help us “create a roadmap to align our critical processes that optimizes, automates and streamlines daily procedures and routes that creates a future best-in-class transportation center.” We are working with TSS with our goal of having the program implemented by October 2019. This will further strengthen MT to deliver your loads with the visibility and outstanding customer service you have come to expect.READ MORE >>
Material Transport's History
Started in 1961, it was Fred Anderson’s goal to be attentive to the costs and service needs for his customers. He thought that by controlling our own freight we could leverage what we were paying to have our products delivered while improving customer satisfaction.
MT began with one tractor trailer combination that was located at the Pacific Shingle yard on Kathleen Avenue in Sacramento. As business volume grew, trucks and drivers have been added to the fleet.
Today, MT operates 52 trucks out of two primary trucking hubs, Sacramento and Tacoma. MT Sacramento has a modern fleet of 40 trucks and 48 trailers. Our local fleet consists of 12 trucks/trailers and handles all deliveries within 150 miles of Sacramento/Tracy. Our over-the-road fleet consists of 26 trucks/trailers. Currently 23 of these trucks handle California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. Three of these trucks have been traveling over the lower 48 states. We move all types of equipment, beams, lumber and steel. Within the next few months we will be increasing our presence by adding six more trucks traveling the lower 48 states. By doing this we are able to diversify our loads and what we haul.
Our experience speaks for us. Our professionalism and our attitude for safety shines through on each load. Our longest tenured driver, Josh Chappell, has been with the company for 18 years along with Bob Visconti who has been here 15 years. Each of these drivers have over a million safe miles. Our drivers work daily to uphold the core values of Material Transport.
Our drivers would not be able to do what they do without our dedicated office staff. Our office continually strives to improve the service and needs of our customers every day. We are all here to work together to make MT great!
Meet Some of our People...
Amy Sporleder is the Sacramento customer service manager handling the day-to-day operations. Amy has been with Pacific Coast Building Products for 18 years. She began her career with Pacific Coast Companies working with the Fleet Department, SAP Experts, and State and Local Tax Group. She then moved over to Material Transport three years ago. She has been in the trucking industry for over 27 years.
The former Drifty Trucking in Tacoma has now been a part of Material Transport for six years. The fleet of 12 maxi-truck trailers has been working to improve equipment and diversify to better support you, our customers. Tacoma has added an over-the-road flat bed and an over-the-road curtain van that travels the Pacific Northwest. In addition, 10 local flatbed maxi-trucks continue to service customers such as Basalite Dupont, Pioneer Builders, and PABCO Roofing in Tacoma.
Did you know that our truck & trailer combinations are some of the lightest in the industry? Most carriers can haul 65,000 pounds of cargo. A typical MT Tacoma truck can move 70,000 pounds which equates to more of your product going to your customer for often the same cost.
Stephanie Reddaway, our Tacoma branch manager, has been with Material Transport since previous company Drifty Trucking was purchased. She worked for Pioneer Builders and Drifty Trucking for seven years before they became part of Pacific Coast family of companies, totaling 13 years with the company. She started at Pioneer answering phones during the summer and after school until she transitioned into the transportation side of the business.
MT is managed by Brad Wilson, who came on board in August 2012. Brad was hired because of his knowledge and experience managing all types of transportation, having managed several supply chains for companies like CEMEX and Schnitzer Steel. Brad is available to help you solve your freight issues or challenges.
Have a freight question? Need advice on how to safely move your product? Have a DOT or CARB question? Need truck loading advice? Call (916) 266-5300/email Material Transport, your carrier of choice, delivering exceptional service one load at a time.
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