OMAHA, Neb.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Millard Refrigerated Services, a leading refrigerated warehousing and distribution services company, received the Social Responsibility Award from the SUBWAY® restaurant chain and its franchisee-owned purchasing group, the Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC), at the SUBWAY® chain’s recent convention in Nashville, TN. The Social Responsibility Award was presented in recognition of Millard’s sustainability, water reclamation and waste reduction efforts at its Centralia, WA facility.
“We are very pleased to honor Millard Refrigerated Services with our Social Responsibility Award this year for their work in helping reduce the carbon footprint of Subway’s extended supply chain by optimizing product distribution to our stores”
“We are very pleased to honor Millard Refrigerated Services with our Social Responsibility Award this year for their work in helping reduce the carbon footprint of Subway’s extended supply chain by optimizing product distribution to our stores,” said Will Costello, Senior Director of Purchasing at IPC.
During the past year, Millard has launched several company-wide social responsibility and sustainability initiatives that support the goals of Subway and IPC, including improving insulation at facilities, increasing the efficiency of compressors and working with partners to reduce empty miles – those miles where trucks are not carrying optimal loads. There are estimates that as many as one-quarter of all trucks on the highway are empty, and the benefit of reducing that number is significant because the transport sector accounts for 60 percent of the country’s oil consumption and a quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.
“Millard has been integrating sustainability efforts for years now,” said Lauren Finkle, the Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility Coordinator for the IPC. “Using your natural resources, using your environment and finding a way to make it work in your system – that’s exactly what Millard’s done and exactly the types of efforts the IPC and Subway like to recognize.”
“Corporate social responsibility and sustainability are two critically important elements in the way we do business at Millard. Our goals are to recognize and take responsibility for the consequences of our actions, and then go further to bring about positive impacts. We are flattered to receive the Social Responsibility Award from IPC and are constantly reviewing our processes to make sure they meet with our customers’ high standards,” said Tim Smith, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Millard Refrigerated Services, who led the Millard delegation to the awards ceremony.
Independent Purchasing Cooperative
IPC is an independent SUBWAY® franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative. IPC negotiates the lowest cost for goods and services, while improving quality, enhancing competitiveness and ensuring the best value to SUBWAY® restaurants and their customers. Moreover, IPC is committed to delivering returns to its members year after year. By organizing as a cooperative, the business initiatives are set by the owner members and is benchmarked by the active participation of an elected Board of Directors.
About Millard Refrigerated Services
Millard Refrigerated Services was founded in 1963, in Omaha, NE. The company remains family owned and operated, serving the US food industry through a network of 33 regional temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution facilities. In addition to cold storage warehousing and transportation, Millard provides clients with a wide variety of other value-added services, logistics support and import/export assistance. To learn more about Millard’s full line of value added services, please visit www.millardref.com or call 402-896-6600.