IRTA names Paul Kramer 2012 Executive of the Year

The International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) named Paul Kramer, director of logistics at Sheboygan WI-based Johnsonville Sausage, as the recipient of the 2012 IRTA Executive of the Year award.

This award was announced as part of the Food Logistics Forum in early June 2012, an event co-sponsored by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

IRTA is a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), which represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics.

The annual award recognizes an person in the refrigerated transportation industry who has made a significant contribution to the industry by fostering innovation, resolving industry issues, or improving the industry’s image and efficiency.

Kramer was recognized for integrating a company-dedicated fleet at Johnsonville Sausage with the consolidation power his third-party logistics partners offer. He takes advantage of consolidation when applicable, and runs truckloads and backhauls on his own trucks, reducing empty miles and generating revenue in the process.

A Johnsonville Sausage employee for eight years, Kramer previously spent 16 years with the H J Heinz Company, from 1985 to 2001. He then spent two years as vice-president of warehousing for regional logistics service provider Spartan Logistics in Columbus OH. Kramer has served on the board of directors for the Food Shippers of America for the past several years, currently as vice-president.

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