I RK LOGISTICS GROUP TO SPONSOR TRI-VALLEY MANUFACTURING DAY
Leading Bay Area logistics provider joins annual event to promote development of manufacturing, educate students on valuable career opportunities
Fremont, CA – Sept. 20, 2018 – RK Logistics Group, a Silicon Valley leader in third-party logistics (3PL), has signed on as a sponsor and exhibitor for the 2018 Tri-Valley Manufacturing Day and Exhibit. The annual event, slated this year for October 5, is a collaborative effort between local educational institutions, participating manufacturing businesses, and the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin.
“We’re pleased and excited to be supporting this year’s Tri-Valley Manufacturing Day,” said Rod Kalune, founder and CEO of RK Logistics Group. “Our goal is to raise awareness of the Tri-Valley as an attractive, strategic location for modern manufacturing, and to inspire local high school and college students to become the next generation of manufacturers and logistics professionals.”
RK Logistics has three warehousing operations in the Tri-Valley exclusively supporting the area’s manufacturing businesses with inventory management, product staging, clean-room facilities and just-in-time delivery programs for production lines. The three sites encompass some 450,000 square feet of warehouse space with over 550 employees.
At one Livermore facility, RK employs autonomous delivery robots for moving goods from order processing to shipping, as well as a sophisticated “vertical lift” inventory system. The system, which houses thousands of parts in a three-story tall unit with dozens of rotating storage bins, automatically delivers parts to a single point, where pickers can complete assembly of orders without walking throughout the warehouse.
The company’s support for Manufacturing Day is part of its overall community outreach program engaging local secondary and post-secondary institutions, noted Kalune. Under this outreach program, the company participates in annual career days at Tri-Valley high schools and hiring events at Los Positas College. An internship program provides students with initial employment featuring custom-designed work hours to meet individual needs while in school. For graduates, RK also offers job training tailored for individuals seeking their first job.
“We started our schools program to give students relevant experience in the workplace while they complete their education, and a taste of working in the logistics profession,” said Kalune. “Competition for quality workers in today’s market is intense. Through this program, we are positioning RK as an attractive employer of choice, providing training and a path to advancement into solid jobs and good careers in logistics and manufacturing.”
The October 5 exhibition and lunch reception is being held at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue in Livermore. Those interested in attending the Tri-Valley event can get tickets here. The Tri-Valley Manufacturing Day is part of the national Manufacturing Day celebration, which is held each year on the first Friday in October. For more information, visit www.mfgday.com.
A privately-held minority business enterprise, Fremont-based RK Logistics Group is a growing local company with some 800 employees. The company operates 14 warehousing centers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area representing nearly 1 million square feet of commercial distribution space for inventory management, manufacturing support and ecommerce fulfillment.
RK is also an industry leader in adopting robotics-assisted order picking and fulfillment technologies, and creating special industry-specific programs, such as sequencing parts into lean production lines at automotive and technology equipment factories, and just-in-time (JIT) deliveries to construction sites.
In addition, RK Logistics is a California Board of Pharmacy-certified 3PL, signifying that the company meets or exceeds state requirements for handling medical devices, controlled substances and sensitive diagnostic equipment for pharmaceutical and high-value biomedical device firms. Only two logistics companies in northern California, 16 in the state, and 35 in the entire U.S. have achieved this distinction.
ABOUT RK LOGISTICS GROUP — RK Logistics is a premier 3PL provider of full-spectrum, customized supply chain services for the world’s most demanding customers. RK’s manufacturing support, warehousing, order fulfillment and transportation services feature lean practices, ISO-9001 and CA Board of Pharmacy 3PL Certifications, which is unique to a family-owned business. RK Logistics is also a certified minority business enterprise. For more information, go to www.rklogisticsgroup.com