WFLO Don Schlimme award winner chosen

Colin Longmuir, warehouse manager for Henningsen Cold Storage Company, is the winner of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) 2016 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award.

Organized by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and its Core Partner WFLO, this award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry. It is named in honor of Donald V Schlimme, who died in 2012 and was a longtime member of the WFLO Scientific Advisory Committee (1983-2012) and a WFLO staff advisor for many of those years. He was an expert in food science and cold storage and was committed to sharing his knowledge.

From left: Colin Longmuir accepts the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award from Karen Pallotta, daughter of the late Don Schlimme, and Greg Brandt, WFLO chairman.

Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA president and chief executive officer, said, “Colin epitomizes the type of forward-thinking young leader that will propel our industry into the future. He is truly deserving of this honor, and we look forward to his future contributions.”

Longmuir received the award at the recent 52nd WFLO Institute in Atlanta GA, where he competed with these five other award nominees: Ashley Albers, Nor-Am Cold Storage; Antonio Matos, RLS Logistics; Mitchell Harper, US Cold Storage; Robert Hernandez, US Cold Storage; and Nick Faraone, US Growers.

The 2016 judges panel consisted of:

•David Stuver, Americold Logistics, WFLO board member

•Eben James, Trenton Cold Storage, IARW vice-chairman

•Ron Buford, Premier Refrigerated Warehouse, IARW board member

•Karen Pallotta, daughter of the late Don Schlimme

Longmuir has worked at Henningsen since 2009, when he joined the company as a management associate and was promoted in 2011 to warehouse manager. He sees a future for the cold chain industry that depends on the effective integration of automated technologies into existing operations.

He will compete for the GCCA Global NextGen Award at the 125th IARW-WFLO Convention, set for April 16-19, 2016 in Las Vegas NV.

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