The Log Book: University of Arkansas Supply Chain Program Renamed to Honor JB Hunt Transport

The logbook is a weekly digest of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: University of Arkansas Undergraduate Integrated Supply Chain Management Program Renamed in Honor of JB Hunt; CFI wraps another truck for its “She Drives CFI” initiative; and Bendix is ​​helping build a new high school athletic facility in the new headquarters community.

University of Arkansas Supply Chain Program Renamed in Honor of JB Hunt Transport

The University of Arkansas announced Thursday that it has renamed its integrated supply chain management program from the Sam M. Walton College of Business to the JB Hunt Transport Department of Supply Chain Management as the college and the company Lowell, Arkansas-based transportation and logistics companies are looking to leverage the partnership to develop leaders for tomorrow’s future supply chain needs.

As part of the announcement, JB Hunt also said he would commit an additional $1.5 million to the development of the renowned supply chain undergraduate program, currently ranked #1 in the country by the research company Gartner.

“Walton College aims to be the leader in supply chain management education, research and career preparation,” said Matt Waller, Dean of Walton College and holder of its Chair in Leadership. in business. “A gift of this magnitude from one of the world’s leading logistics companies can extend our reach to talented students, expert faculty and industry thought leaders. Together, we can advance positive industry growth and practices. »

(Video: JB Hunt Transport – YouTube)

Over the past two years, JB Hunt has donated $5 million to Walton College of Business to help the school in Fayetteville, Arkansas become the premier destination for future supply chain professionals. Since 2017, the company has donated more than $7 million to the university to help with transportation and logistics initiatives.

After this initial donation in 2017, the partners established the JB Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence, bringing together students and researchers to develop technology solutions for different supply chains. In 2020, JB Hunt donated $2.25 million and created a $1 million endowed scholarship to support diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives at Walton College.

“JB Hunt and the University of Arkansas are shaping the future of supply chain, not just in Northwest Arkansas, but across the country,” said Shelley Simpson, President of JB Hunt . “Together, we are preparing future leaders who will evolve with the industry to meet the ever-changing supply chain challenges. This will help us achieve our mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America and ultimately the world.

CFI offers driver a custom-wrapped thingk

Truckload carrier Contract Freighters Inc. (CFI) on Wednesday unveiled a new corporate truck with a large wrap recognizing its “She Drives CFI” program, which promotes better career opportunities for professional female drivers.

This is the fourth packed truck created by CFI for the program, each having been awarded to female company ambassador drivers who use them to participate in local events, school programs, community engagement opportunities, trade shows of Special Olympics trucks and convoys.

At the unveiling event, the truck was awarded to Penny Thomas, who has driven for CFI for 15 years with over 1.6 million safe miles behind her.

CFI currently employs over 4,000 female drivers, representing approximately 14% of its total driver workforce. The company hopes its “She Drives CFI” wrapped trucks will inspire more women to hop in a big truck and hit the road.

“These trucks recognize the professional excellence and skills of their drivers and serve to encourage more women to choose trucking as a career,” said CFI President Greg Orr.

(Video: CFI – YouTube)

Bendix donates $25,000 to upgrade athletic facilities at local high school

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, based in Avon, Ohio, announced Thursday that it has presented Avon Athletic Boosters’ SOAR Project with a $25,000 construction donation to help upgrade the high school’s athletics building in a 4,400 square foot structure outside its stadium to house the locker room, coaches office, medical training room and open community room.

Thanks to this donation, the new coach office will also bear the name of the vehicle systems company.

“The new sports facility [plan] is impressive, and we are very proud to have joined other Avon area businesses, families and individuals in supporting Project SOAR and its mission to advance the school’s athletic program,” said Maria Gutierrez, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bendix. “With the recent move from Bendix to Avon, this project tied into both our new community and the local school system, establishing a connection that we hope will flourish and grow in the years to come. Sports are always a great way to reach young people and a perfect way to teach students about teamwork, discipline, leadership and many other skills that we value as a company. This project was therefore perfectly suited. »

Bendix Coaches Office. (Photo: Bendxi)

The SOAR Project is a subset of the Avon Athletic Boosters, who came together in 2019 to find a way to support the school’s rising athletic talent. First, the group was looking to build a two-story practice building, but opted for the single-story building when labor issues and construction costs began to pile up.

After Bendix moved its North American headquarters to Avon, Ohio in 2021, SOAR realized the company’s commitment to community support and reached out directly to help wrap up the new athletic facility project. .

“The best kinds of projects are where the whole community comes together to do something, and I think that’s a great example,” said Matt Canning, co-chair of the SOAR project. “We were able to bring together community, corporate, school district, private donors, as well as equity and labor from players and parents. It was the combination that made this possible.

For Bendix, it was a great introduction to the Avon community and what it hopes to accomplish in the future.

“We have an ongoing relationship with the district,” Gutierrez said. “We hope to support other projects, including university programs related to STEM or sustainability.”

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