Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Manhard Consulting Adds Supply Chain Logistics Management and Engineering to Service Line

Manhard Consulting, Ltd., a mid-size civil engineering firm with offices nationwide, today announced the strategic expansion of its national staff to include two of the engineering industry’s most respected experts in Supply Chain Logistics.

Beginning immediately, Rob Adams will assume the role of National Director of Supply Chain Logistics for Manhard Consulting, while Matt Gehman will lead the new Supply Chain Logistics/Ports and Maritime division. Both men have extensive experience in Supply Chain Logistics and related principles and practices.

“We’ve worked with Rob and Matt for years,” said Donald E. Manhard, Jr., P.E., president of Manhard Consulting, Ltd. “Rarely have I met two people who are more talented in the field of Supply Chain Logistics. Bringing them to our team is a real coup, allowing us to add a deep set of skills that are in high demand while establishing an even stronger foundation as we continue to work on high-profile corporate and municipal projects.”

Mr. Adams brings over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain Logistics, General Construction, and Industrial Real Estate Development Industries. In his role with Manhard Consulting, he will be responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s supply chain strategy, and will oversee and expand the company’s relationships and interaction with railroads, ports, developers, refrigerated warehouse operators, intermodal, automotive, and bulk terminal operators and construction companies. Mr. Adams will be based out of Manhard Consulting’s Vernon Hills, Illinois office.

Mr. Gehman’s career in the Supply Chain Logistics industry has focused on planning and analysis for both commercial deep-water and inland waterway port terminals, as well as supporting design efforts for port and intermodal rail-related infrastructure projects around the country. His professional experience includes domestic and international projects involving facility physical evaluation, terminal operation analyses, and master planning for container terminals, bulk terminals, barge terminals, general cargo facilities, inland waterway ports, and intermodal rail facilities. In his role as head of the Ports & Maritime division, he will focus on port and Intermodal business consulting as well as operational planning and analysis, and will support the overall performance of the Supply Chain Logistics service line. Mr. Gehman will be based out of Manhard Consulting’s Norfolk, Virginia office.

Manhard Consulting’s Supply Chain Logistics service line focuses on creating visibility for clients by providing valuable insight into existing and future global and domestic supply chain operations. The division addresses all aspects of enhancing productivity in today’s technology-dependent transportation and distribution facilities. Core competencies include site layout optimization, throughput capacity modeling, supply chain cost analyses, enhanced operational efficiency simulation, equipment acquisition and implementation, and more. Manhard Consulting created its Supply Chain Logistics division to provide world-class freight logistics consulting in support of the development of industrial facilities and infrastructure. Supply Chain Logistics services are integrated with the firm’s traditional engineering and planning services, allowing Manhard Consulting to provide end-to-end services in support of clients’ industrial development strategies.

To learn more, please contact Don Manhard, president, at (847) 634-5550 or toll-free 866-MANHARD (866-626-4273), or dmanhard@manhard.com.

About Manhard Consulting

Manhard Consulting, Ltd. has been named one of the Top 500 Design Firms in the nation by Engineering News Record, a McGraw-Hill Construction publication and one of the largest trade publications in the engineering and construction industry. The Top 500 Design Firms listing is a comprehensive survey that ranks the 500 largest engineering, architectural and environmental consultants in the United States based on annual revenue. The firm provides civil engineering, surveying, water resources engineering, water and wastewater engineering, land planning and entitlement services to over 6,000 clients from its offices in Illinois, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, and Virginia.

About Rob Adams

Prior to joining Manhard Consulting, Mr. Adams served as Vice President, Senior Associate for Transystems Corporation, a national leader in Transportation and Supply Chain solutions. Recently, Mr. Adams led the Transystems design team for Union Pacific Railroad’s newest intermodal facility in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his position at Transystems, he was vice president of development for 15 years for a leading national contractor that constructed distribution and manufacturing facilities for the food and beverage industry. His experience has included rail and port planning and feasibility studies, integrated intermodal logistics parks and distribution centers, site selection, food warehouses, food processing facilities, cold storage warehouses, and dry distribution facilities. He has negotiated hundreds of real estate and construction contracts over the past 25 years. Mr. Adams has been active in the development of commercial real estate and received the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 1987. He studied business administration at Purdue University.

About Matt Gehman

Mr. Gehman began his professional career with the City of Virginia Beach as a transportation planner. In 1999, he joined a national engineering firm as a freight transportation planner, where he worked for most of the deep-water commercial ports in the United States. Before leaving the firm, Mr. Gehman was responsible for managing freight transportation projects and promoting client relations with port authorities and commercial developer groups doing business in the southeast United States. He has been involved with multiple marine terminal evaluations, representing both private investors and the public sector, providing expert consulting for capital expenditure and capacity projection due diligence projects. Mr. Gehman attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Regional Development, with a minor in Engineering Technology. He is an active member of the American Association of Port Authorities, American Planning Association and Propeller Club of Norfolk.

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