Sheboygan Falls-based Johnsonville LLC has launched a new logistics venture to serve the food and beverage industry. The new business, Johnsonville Transport & Logistics, LLC, will draw on the sausage maker's logistics experience, while also tapping into Johnsonville’s motor carrier business – Johnsonville Trucking, LLC – which the company established in 2000. Beginning this month, Johnsonville will make its fleet back-haul capacity available for other food and beverage manufacturers, while also developing a carrier partner base to service those same customers. Johnsonville's fleet includes 29 reefer trucks and 29 drivers. In an announcement, Johnsonville said the new venture reflects the expertise it has built for providing retail customers with efficient and cost-effective logistics services. Its sausage products are currently distributed in more than 45 countries and more than 140 sports stadiums throughout the country. Johnsonville LLC was recognized as Shipper of Choice Award Winner in 2020 by FreightWaves. “We created this business to help other customers achieve this mark of excellence,” said Curt Reynolds, transportation director for Johnsonville and Johnsonville Transport & Logistics. “Servicing this food and beverage industry for as long as we have, has provided us with significant industry knowledge and experience about what it takes to deliver OTIF (on-time, in-full) and compliance across the supply chain, while at the same time anticipating the refrigerated trucking industry challenges.” Reynolds added that the new business is poised to develop partnerships with other carriers and be a creative solution provider for customers. “We believe that to succeed in this business we need to understand – and consistently deliver – on our customers’ service expectations,” Reynolds said. “We’ll accomplish that by being solution providers, strong communicators and invest in the right technologies. And all along, we’ll continue to use this new business venture to learn and develop our own employees.” The company plans to grow to 50 drivers and 50 trucks by spring 2022. Drivers won't be required to live in Wisconsin.
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