Kenco is one of the nation’s leading third party logistics providers (3PL) managing over 100 facilities and 25 million square feet of warehouse space across North America. Kenco’s core competencies include logistic services, transportation, real estate management and material handling equipment. The Kenco family of companies includes Kenco Logistic Services, Kenco Transportation, Kenco Toyota-Lift, Kenco Management Services, and JDK Real Estate.
Kenco currently provides logistic services for many industry leading, Fortune 100 companies such as Whirlpool, GlaxoSmithKline, Cummins, and General Mills. Kenco specializes in facilities and services for the pharmaceutical, automotive, food, textile, and appliance industries.
The Supply Chain Sustainability Project
The definition of sustainability is evolving. For many firms and organizations, sustainability refers primarily to environmental stewardship. For other groups, sustainability seems to primarily mean actions related to social responsibility. Many of the folks who have worked on the concept of sustainability in the past, have avoided much focus on the financial portion of sustainability and concentrated on the environment and social responsibility.
Kenco's Supply Chain Sustainability Project focuses on how supply chains and the firms that make up those supply chains can be long lasting. Kenco is exploring alternatives for measuring the carbon (CO2) footprint of our sites. Leveraging the same disciplines used to drive cost and waste out of our operations, Kenco seeks to lower CO2 emissions from our established baseline. Other tools being developed for this initiative include a site sustainability audit and a library of sustainability best practices.
Kenco Logistic Services LLC (KLS), one of the most respected names in the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, has been recognized by INVISTA for reaching an unprecedented warehouse safety milestone.
As of September 13, 2010, INVISTA’s 690,000-square-foot Chattanooga operation managed by KLS had no loss-of-time accidents in 33 years, a significant milestone in the logistics and distribution industry. INVISTA also represents one of the longest-standing customers of KLS, which has been managing logistics operations for the Chattanooga warehouse for more than 40 years. KLS manages three other INVISTA warehouse facilities, all with excellent safety records, including those in Seaford, Del. (23 years with no loss-of-time accidents), Lyndhurst, Va. (23 years) and Lugoff, S.C. (six years).
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. INVISTA’s leading trademarks include LYCRA® fiber, STAINMASTER® carpet, ANTRON® carpet fiber and COOLMAX® fabric, among others. The company is a wholly-owned and independently-managed subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., one of the nation’s largest privately-owned companies, based in Wichita, Kan., and represented in nearly 60 countries.
“We are proud of this long-term achievement with Kenco, which has played a key role in helping us achieve such a remarkable milestone,” said Lane Baker, INVISTA’s manager, distribution services, North American region.
“Safety is our first priority for the people involved in our operations, but it is also important for greater efficiency, productivity, and profitability... Many of the best practices we’ve learned with INVISTA about working safely have been applied across the Kenco national network,” said Greg Johnson, KLS general manager of INVISTA’s Chattanooga warehouse facility. “Placing a high value on safety is part of our culture, for the benefit of INVISTA and all our customers.”
KLS provides a full range of warehousing services to INVISTA, including storage, inventory fulfillment, repacking, shuttling between plant and warehouse, and spotting trailers. The KLS-managed facilities utilized by INVISTA total 2,311,000 square feet.