ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 9, 2016 – Colin Longmuir, Warehouse Manager for Henningsen Cold Storage Company, is the winner of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) 2016 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award.
Organized by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and its Core Partner WFLO, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry. The award is named in honor of Donald V. Schlimme, Ph.D, who passed away in 2012 and was a longtime member of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Scientific Advisory Committee (1983-2012) and a WFLO Staff Advisor for many of those years. He was an expert in food science and cold storage and was committed to sharing his extensive knowledge.
GCCA President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch commented, “Colin epitomizes the type of forward-thinking young leader that will propel our industry into the future. He is truly deserving of this honor and we look forward to his future contributions.”
Longmuir received the award at the 52nd WFLO Institute on February 2, 2016 in Atlanta, GA where he competed with five of his fellow Don Schlimme Future Leader Award nominees. Those nominees included Ashley Albers – Nor-Am Cold Storage, Antonio Matos – RLS Logistics, Mitchell Harper – US Cold Storage, Robert Hernandez – US Cold Storage and Nick Faraone – US Growers.
The 2016 Judges panel consisted of:
- David Stuver, Americold Logistics, WFLO Board Member
- Eben James, Trenton Cold Storage, IARW Vice Chairman
- Ron Buford, Premier Refrigerated Warehouse, IARW Board Member
- Karen Pallotta, daughter of the late Don Schlimme
Longmuir has worked at Henningsen since 2009, when he joined the company as a Management Associate and was promoted in 2011 to Warehouse Manager. He sees a future for the cold chain industry that depends on the effective integration of automated technologies into existing operations.
“Today companies in our industry are faced with the challenge of continuing to serve an ever-growing world population in local and distant regions,” he stated during his presentation to the WFLO Institute attendees. “This growth combined with changes in the economic, political, and global climate landscape force our industry to be nimble and our systems constantly refined to ensure the continued support of our consumers.”
He will compete for the GCCA Global NextGen Award at the 125th IARW-WFLO Convention April 16-19, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.
For more information on the Don Schlimme Award program and funding, visit www.gcca.org.
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Comprised of its Core Partners, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, the World Food Logistics Organization, the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, the International Refrigerated Transportation Association, and the International Association for Cold Storage Construction, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA unites partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry. WFLO delivers education and research to the industry and empowers economic development by strengthening the global cold chain. For more information about GCCA and WFLO, visit www.gcca.org.