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Owners James McKinney and David Fahrbach have announced the opening of R. Good Logistics, a new business at the Lake Erie Business Park.

The company offers supply chain and inventory management services from a rail transload terminal, a facility that allows raw materials and manufactured goods to be transferred from rail cars to trucks and vice versa.
R. Good Logistics currently operates the most active transload terminal on the Norfolk Southern rail network in Camden, Ohio, which processes almost 2,000 rail cars per year.  The firm’s president and founder, Rod Good, said the Lake Erie Business Park had all of the components his company needed to expand its operations.  “A successful transload terminal requires adequate facilities for cross-docking and interim storage, highway access, rail access, proper equipment, and experienced personnel,” Good said.  “Between the Lake Erie Business Park and R. Good Logistics, we’ve got all of these components covered.”

The high cost of fuel is encouraging a lot of companies to take a look at how they can reduce their transportation costs.  According to the Association of American Railroads, one gallon of diesel fuel can transport twenty tons of goods seven miles via truck or 436 miles via train.  “We have been working hard to use alternative energy as a way to attract new businesses to the site,” said Fahrbach.  “In effect, a freight train is more fuel efficient than a hybrid car.”

Good says that the trade-off is time.  “A truck can make it to California in two days, but it might take a rail car up to two weeks,” he said.  “If your business can plan ahead and make smart use of offsite storage, you can save a lot of money.”

The terminal will provide interim storage for products.  Bob Sweeney of RP Sweeney Warehouses in Fremont, who will supervise the transload operations, thinks the site represents a great opportunity for local businesses.  “We can bring in materials by rail, store them in warehouses, and then deliver them to our clients as needed,” Sweeney said.  “It allows manufacturers to focus on making products instead of dealing with logistical concerns.”  

R. Good Logistics has extensive experience in handling fertilizer, feed ingredients, flour, salt, lumber, steel, utility poles, grain, roofing granules, starch, yeast, sugar, waste oils, edible oils, plastic pellets, and a variety of other freight.  Some of their current clients include brand-name companies such as Cargill, Parker Hannifin, and Procter & Gamble.   

Opportunity knocks
Rachel Williams has been named director of fund development for Bay Park Community Hospital. She will oversee all aspects of philanthropic and grant development, gifts, donor recognition, annual campaigns and capital drives.

She previously served as development associate at Flower Hospital’s Foundation.

She resides in Toledo.

At the clubs
The Rotary Clubs of Northwest Ohio will present the second annual Paul Harris Networking Event to be held October 16, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Owens Community College.

The event honors the founder of Rotary. Call Sharon Skilliter at 419-865-4006.

Schools & skills
Joseph and Sharon Toth of Oregon joined Reliv International as the company celebrated its 20th anniversary at a conference held recently in St. Louis, Missouri.

Reliv distributes nutritional products.
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