SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner for Eleventh Consecutive Year

READING, PA (August 20, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2020 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the eleventh consecutive year.

“We wish to thank our Clients for their continued partnership and are proud to be named to this honor once again in 2020,” said Art Kostaras, Chief Revenue Officer of Fortna. “Being named a Great Supply Chain Partner is particularly significant because it validates the increased efficiency, productivity and overall value our clients receive from our transformative distribution strategy, operations design and implementation work.”

“No one can deny the unique challenges that businesses and their customers are facing today,” noted Robert Bowman of SupplyChainBrain.  “That’s why agility and adaptability have come to the fore this year, as companies struggle to keep pace with change. And it’s why we’ve given this year’s edition of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners the additional title “Meeting the Need for Speed.”

The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners appears in the August 2020 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine and on supplychainbrain.com.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

 

Fortna Client and Associate Named as 2020 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Doug Romain of American Sugar Refining and Dr. Kevin Gue of Fortna join List of Rainmaker Honorees

READING, PA (August 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, proudly announces that Client, Doug Romain, American Sugar Refining Inc. and Fortna Associate, Dr. Kevin Gue, have both been named as a recipient of the 2020 prestigious DC Velocity Rainmakers list.  Highlighted in their July issue, the two supply chain professionals were selected as each are “united by a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.”

Doug Romain, Sr. Vice President Global Supply Chain at American Sugar Refining (ASR), has been a catalyst in transforming the organization’s worldwide supply chain.  Doug leads multiple operational initiatives that leverage new technologies and standardized processes to support best practices and drive improved service levels and reduced costs across six countries.  With recent skyrocketing demand for ASR’s essential products such as Domino Sugar, Doug partnered with Fortna to design and implement a new distribution infrastructure that supports increased capacity, throughput and growth while reducing order fill time.

Kevin Gue, Senior Director of Research and Development at Fortna, leads development of models and algorithms to support the design and control of distribution processes including warehousing, order fulfillment, material handling, and the company’s premier FortnaWES™.  Having received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and prior to joining Fortna, he spent 25 years as a professor of industrial engineering, most recently holding the Duthie Chair for Engineering Logistics at the University of Louisville.  Kevin received the respected Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award, along with Dr. Russ Meller, Fortna Vice President, Solution Design and Research & Development, for his research on aisle designs for unit-load warehouses and is co-inventor of GridSequence, a material handling system patented in 2015.

Congratulations to Doug Romain, Dr. Kevin Gue and all the DC Velocity Rainmakers!

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Arthur (Art) Kostaras Joins Fortna as Chief Revenue Officer

Kostaras brings 25+ years of achieving results by building and developing high-performance commercial teams

READING, PA (August 3, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Art Kostaras has joined as Chief Revenue Officer.  In this role, Art will be responsible for the innovative approach and execution of the company’s go-to-market strategies and data-driven process to support short- and long-term business growth objectives.  Art will lead, manage, and align the Fortna commercial and revenue related functions including global sales, sales operations, marketing, and business development.

Prior to joining Fortna, Art was the Senior Vice President, Customer Sales, North America for Dematic Corp., a multi-billion-dollar global provider of automated technologies and software, where he led the sales team serving clients in the USA, Canada and Mexico.  Prior to Dematic, Art served as a management consultant for Gerson Lehrman Group, as Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for Ingersoll-Rand, and as President and General Manager for Womack Machine Supply.  He started his career at Siemens, a leading manufacturer and turnkey projects business in baggage handling and air cargo systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Administrative Services from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts, Leadership from Viterbro University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

“We are delighted to have Art join the Fortna executive team,” said Rob McKeel, CEO at Fortna. “Art is a proven executive who has a track record of building and managing high-growth sales organizations to achieve exemplary results. He will be a great asset in terms of growing our global client base, entering new markets, and leading our commercial team.”

“Fortna is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional results for clients with an unmatched ability to strategize, design and implement world-class, distribution solutions addressing current and future challenges,” stated Art Kostaras.  “I am excited to join this high-performing team and welcome the opportunity to coach and drive exceptional results as we partner with clients to deliver the best blend of automation technology and software to ensure business continuity.”

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Keith Bauer Joins Fortna as Chief Human Resources Officer

Bauer brings 25+ years of experience in building world-class teams for optimized business performance

READING, PA (July 16, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Keith Bauer has joined as Chief Human Resources Officer.  Keith will manage the full scope of Fortna’s domestic and global human resources, build and execute an integrated talent strategy in support of the company’s short- and long-term business objectives and continue to build an engaged, inclusive, and high performing culture.

Keith brings unprecedented human resources experience to Fortna including talent acquisition and development, employee engagement, organizational design, compensation and benefits, global HR leadership and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Fortna, Keith was the Human Resources Leader for GE Healthcare’s multi-billion-dollar Global Services business, supporting thousands of employees around the world. His 17-year General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) career included several senior-level HR positions of increasing responsibility where he effectively aligned human resources with business strategies.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Keith’s robust experience in coaching, organizational design and talent management will help catapult our organization to the next level, fueling continued growth,” said Rob McKeel, CEO at Fortna.  “I look forward to leveraging his skills and knowledge, his strategic leadership and his innovative, holistic approach to today’s changing landscape of human resources programs and practices.”

Keith Bauer stated, “I admire the strong Fortna brand and the values driven culture.” He continued, “I’m looking forward to joining this group of client-focused, skilled professionals and am eager to ensure the company’s human resources strategy supports and provides development opportunities for our greatest asset – our people.”

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Fortna and its Associates Contribute to Global COVID-19 Relief Support

READING, PA (June 30, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has a long history of supporting the well-being of our global communities through corporate charitable efforts.  Guided by this spirit of giving, the company recently contributed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as the end-result of an associate-driven effort to support various charitable endeavors focused on battling this worldwide health crisis.

Since 2017, Fortna has donated, on behalf of its associates, to multiple global disaster relief and humanitarian efforts carried out by charitable organizations.  These include support of The Red Cross in several countries, Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, Gift of the Givers, Direct Relief, The Salvation Army, Rainforest Trust, and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. Additionally, Fortna continues to support the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) through donations to its disaster relief efforts.

“Recently, due to incredible associate support during Fortna’s 2020 COVID-19 Charitable Match Challenge, the company was able to make a substantial donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund while encouraging and supporting associates as they gave back in their own communities,” said Fortna’s Wellness Coordinator Carol Nielsen. “We will continue to support natural and man-made disaster and crisis relief efforts around the world as the need arises,” she added.

Fortna also offers its associates the opportunity to take paid time off annually to volunteer for charitable organizations and aid their communities in ways that are meaningful to them while nurturing the company’s altruistic culture.

For more information: https://covid19responsefund.org/en/

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Fortna Offers New Strategic Service for Companies to Assess eCommerce Fulfillment Technologies

New service identifies scalable and flexible technologies to support and accelerate the digital supply chain, reduce dependence on labor and ensure business continuity.

READING, PA (June 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has launched a new eCommerce Fulfillment Technology Assessment offering in response to an unprecedented rise in eCommerce channel sales and rapid order profile changes.  Companies must realign distribution strategy and assess the optimal plan forward to eliminate bottlenecks and fulfill a higher percentage of eCom orders with more speed and accuracy.

The Assessment, developed to embolden business continuity, guides organizations through various approaches and best fit technologies for near- and long-term improvement. Recommendations may include a retrofit of an existing facility, a micro-fulfillment solution or a fully automated order fulfillment engine designed to deliver fast and accurate order fulfillment, reduce dependence on labor and improve operational performance – all while addressing today’s requirements for health and safety for all.

“The new normal of distribution has accelerated customers’ expectations for rapid online order fulfillment,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Fortna’s Executive Vice President. “This eCommerce technology assessment delivers flexible and scalable solutions to help companies meet their customers’ demand for an efficient and seamless eCommerce experience,” he continued.

For more information, please visit www.fortna.com/assessment.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Mary Elliott Joins Fortna Inc. as New Chief Product & Technology Officer

Brings 20 years of technology development to drive next generation software R&D

READING, PA (March 30, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Mary Elliott has joined the organization as Chief Product & Technology Officer.  In this role, Mary will be responsible for leading the vision, strategy and execution of all aspects of the design, development, and implementation of Fortna software products and technologies. With a mission to position our clients to best serve their customers, Mary will apply laser focus on fast, accurate and cost-effective solutions, specifically enhancing the Fortna warehouse execution software system.

Mary Elliott joins Fortna from Google X, Mountain View, CA, where she led software, hardware and robotics teams to create radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s hardest problems. Prior, Mary served as Senior Director, Global Software Product Development at Dematic, where she expanded the software development organization from a local team to a globally distributed organization and oversaw the architectural restructuring of their warehouse execution system and its integration with other products.

“Mary Elliott is exceptionally skilled to lead the Fortna software and technology roadmap forward,” said Robert McKeel, CEO at Fortna.  “Her impressive experience and leadership will amplify our capabilities while integrating supply chain expertise into our technology roadmaps.  Additionally, she will lead our innovation activities as we continue to find new ways to deliver exceptional value to our clients.  We are thrilled to welcome her to the company.”

“I am excited to work with the extremely skilled and knowledgeable Fortna team, dedicated to designing and implementing solutions that deliver competitive advantage to our clients,” stated Mary. “I am looking forward to leveraging my experience to enhance Fortna’s product and technology development and deployment to a higher level and drive company growth.”

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Fortna Inc. Appoints Robert McKeel as New Chief Executive Officer

Global leader uniquely qualified to lead Fortna’s next phase of transformational growth

READING, PA (March 16, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Robert McKeel has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  In this role, Robert will be responsible for maximizing operational performance, delivering best-in-class service to Fortna’s global client base and driving business results forward with his unique combination of financial acumen and operational expertise.  In addition, he will also continue to grow and transform the Fortna business both organically and through acquisition, with a specific emphasis on the diversification of markets and clients.

Robert McKeel joins Fortna from General Electric, where he was most recently President and CEO,

GE, Automation and Controls. During his 25+ year tenure with GE, Robert managed billion-dollar P&Ls across various business units driving unprecedented results across the globe. McKeel holds an MBA from James Madison University, a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

 “Robert brings exceptional leadership, experience and passion for delivering results to the Fortna executive team,” said Hank Boye, Office of the President at Fortna.  “His proven ability to create a shared vision across all organizational levels and simultaneously prioritize operations with overall fiscal health will be key to accelerating Fortna’s growth in the coming years.  We are delighted to welcome him to the company.”

“I am excited to join Fortna, a global leader in designing and implementing distribution operations optimized with world-class automation and intelligent software,” stated Robert McKeel. “I am excited by the geometric growth of this industry and the vast opportunity for Fortna to transform the future of distribution for our clients.”

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

AutoStore Announces Newest Distribution Partner, Fortna Inc.

(AutoStore®, Nedre Vats, Norway / February 24, 2020) – AutoStore is proud to announce their partnership with a new global distribution partner, Fortna Inc., a leading global automation, engineering services and software company. Fortna offers transformational services including distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. Through this new partnership, AutoStore and Fortna will continue to build  their global presence by offering additional solutions to a growing client base.

“We are excited about the addition of Fortna to our portfolio of global partners. Each partner is unique and brings something different to the client and we look forward to the ability to bring AutoStore to new areas and markets. As a global company and with increased growth around the world, it is increasingly important that we work with a variety of integrators who can meet the various needs of our clients,” shared Karl Johan Lier, CEO and President of AutoStore.

“Fortna clients have utilized this advanced technology to achieve distribution business goals as part of an overall Fortna-designed solution,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Fortna, Executive Vice President, Sales. “We are looking forward to continuing to offer AutoStore as another option to be considered when designing solutions to meet our clients’ operational needs.”

 Fortna joins AutoStore’s growing list of distributors who sell, design, install and service AutoStore around the globe.

About Fortna, Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We build our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

About AutoStore
AutoStore, founded in 1996, is a robot technology company that invented and continues to pioneer Cube Storage Automation; the densest storage solution in existence. Our focus is to marry software and hardware with human abilities to create the future of warehousing. The modular, high-density, automated storage and retrieval system makes AutoStore a perfect fit for large distribution centers and efficient in-store order fulfillment. The company is global with over 400 installations in 30 countries in a wide range of industries. All sales are distributed, designed, installed and serviced by a network of qualified system integrators we call partners. Our corporate headquarters is in Nedre Vats, Norway, with offices in France, Germany, Norway, Japan, Poland, the UK and US. For more information, visit autostoresystem.com.

Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President Solution Design and Research and Development, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

READING, PA (February 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering and software company, today announces Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President, Solution Design and Research and Development, has been elected a member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Meller was chosen in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering, specifically his large-scale distribution design and operations methodology.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions in the area of engineering research, practice or education. Dr. Meller joins an international field of new members and will be inducted at the official ceremony held during the NAE annual meeting in Washington, DC on October 4, 2020.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com