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Port of Oakland-based firm first to test battery-powered big rig

Major trucker GSC Logistics plans ‘real-world’ trial for zero-emission technology

Oakland, Calif. – Aug. 2, 2017: A major Port of Oakland-based trucking operator plans to test battery-powered big rig technology here in September. GSC Logistics said today it will launch a three-year trial with a heavy-duty, all-electric truck. The test is part of a statewide effort to determine the feasibility of zero-emission freight hauling.

GSC, the Port’s largest motor carrier, becomes the first Northern California drayage company to test battery-powered trucks. CEO Scott Taylor said his firm would consider purchasing additional rigs if the trial is successful.

“The purpose of the demo is to prove that battery-operated trucks can work in real world applications and port operations,” said Mr. Taylor. “Depending on the efficiency, reliability, productivity and economics of battery-powered trucks, GSC would certainly entertain the possibility of integrating them into our fleet in the future.”

California’s Air Resources Board initiated the zero-emission truck trial last year. It’s sponsoring a test with five battery-powered rigs in Southern California concurrent with the Oakland study. Shenzhen, China-based BYD Co. is manufacturing the trucks.

“We’re out to prove that zero-emission, battery-powered trucks can be used in heavy-duty applications,” said Andy Swanton of subsidiary BYD California. He said the benefits of electric vs. diesel-powered trucks include:

  • Lower operating costs;
  • No diesel exhaust; and
  • Quieter rides for drivers and neighborhoods near truck routes.

GSC Logistics said its truck will shuttle import containers from Port of Oakland marine terminals to a nearby yard. The rig has a 100-mile battery range. The company said it would install a charging station to plug in the vehicle.

GSC hauls the equivalent of 100,000 20-foot containers of cargo annually in Northern California and Nevada. It manages a fleet of 200 trucks.

The Port of Oakland said the state-sponsored trial by GSC Logistics fits well with its emission-reduction efforts. The Port said it has reduced diesel particulate emissions from harbor trucks by 98 percent in the past decade.

"We've done everything from subsidizing clean-truck purchases to shrinking the queues at our gates," said Port of Oakland Environmental Programs and Planning Director Richard Sinkoff. "Battery-powered trucks are a logical next-step for exploration."

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GSC LOGISTICS APPOINTS STEVEN LARKIN AS SENIOR MANAGER OF SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

OAKLAND, California – www.gschq.com - GSC Logistics, Inc., an industry-leader in third party logistics, has hired Steven Larkin as senior manager of sales and business development based out of their Oakland, California Headquarters office.

 

“Mr. Larkin brings 27 years of experience in transportation and logistics to the GSC organization. He will report to Joseph Zepko, vice president of sales and marketing, and is responsible for areas in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest,” said Andy Garcia, chairman of the board for GSC. “We continue to expand our sales efforts to support our significant growth.” 

 

“Steven is an industry expert that brings tremendous knowledge in addition to having strong relationships with many companies, some that he’s known for decades,” said Joseph Zepko. “A few of the areas he has specialized in include the retail, wine and agriculture trades but he has experience dealing with all commodities. His professional history includes working for NYK Line, Hyundai, China Ocean Shipping Corporation, APL, NOL and P&O Containers.”

 

 

GSC Logistics, Inc. is an Oakland, California-based third party logistics services provider. The company was founded in 1988 to provide ocean and intermodal drayage, domestic and import/export cross-dock deconsolidation, overweight transportation, D.C. bypass programs, refrigerated, brokerage and dry truckload services. GSC Logistics also offers a myriad of value added services designed to remove time and costs from the supply chain. All facilities operated by GSC Logistics are C-TPAT compliant and customs bonded. GSC Logistics utilizes sophisticated security systems, information technology as well as integrated E.D.I. communications for inventory management of inbound and outbound activity in Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Nevada. To learn more about GSC Logistics please visit us at www.gschq.com.

 

 

Oakland, CA – www.gschq.com - BEST WAY TRUCKING, INC. EXPANDS PNW OPERATION; APPOINTS MARSHALL NACHTMAN AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN SEATTLE AREA

OAKLAND, California – GSC Logistics, Inc., an industry-leader in third party logistics, has added additional capacity through it’s fully owned subsidiary, Best Way Trucking , Inc. GSC has also hired industry veteran, Marshall Nachtman, to serve the PNW  as director of business development for Best Way to cover Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Colorado.

“Our PNW business continues to rapidly grow. Within the next six months we will double our fleet of owner/operators to support new customers and lanes of traffic,” said Andy Garcia, chairman of the board for GSC Logistics. “The refrigerated business in the area is a focus for growing our fleet, which includes adding super chassis that can carry heavier loads. Best Way’s processes and technology are fully optimized to fulfill service demands and to satisfy our customers daily.”

Garcia continued, “Part of the PNW market can be seasonal. Best Way’s operation can accommodate the fluctuating requirements of our customers from a process, capacity and operational needs.”

Marshall Nachtman appointed as director of business development in the PNW

“Mr. Nachtman has more than 20 years of experience in our industry,” said Garcia. “He has an in depth knowledge of pricing, operations and applicable state and federal regulations in transportation including DOT/Safety requirements. He holds a DOT Instructor Certification, a Class A Commercial Driver’s License, has had Basic/Advanced Combat training in Logistics from the National Guard and he’s held a variety of senior business development and operational roles. One of his previous roles was as President and COO of a leading procurement and haul of aggregate company.”

Seattle based Best Way Trucking Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of GSC Logistics, Inc., an Oakland-based subsidiary of GSC Logistic, Inc., a third party logistics services provider.


Seattle based Best Way Trucking Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of GSC Logistics, Inc.  an Oakland, California-based third party logistics services provider. The company was founded in 1988 to provide ocean and intermodal drayage, domestic and import/export cross-dock deconsolidation, overweight transportation, D.C. bypass programs, refrigerated and dry truckload services. GSC Logistics also offers a myriad of value added services designed to remove time and costs from the supply chain. All facilities operated by GSC Logistics are C-TPAT compliant and customs bonded. GSC Logistics utilizes sophisticated security systems, information technology as well as integrated E.D.I. communications for inventory management of inbound and outbound activity in Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Nevada. To learn more about GSC Logistics please visit us at www.GSCHQ.com

 

 

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Oakland, CA – www.gschq.com - GSC EXPANDS PNW OPERATION; APPOINTS MARSHALL NACHTMAN AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN SEATTLE AREA

 

OAKLAND, California – GSC Logistics, Inc., an industry-leader in third party logistics, has added additional capacity to serve the PNW and hired transportation veteran, Marshall Nachtman, as director of business development covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Colorado.

 

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GSC ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS FOR FOUR KEY MANAGEMENT POSITIONS

 

Oakland, CA - GSC Logistics, Inc., (GSC) has promoted Brandon Taylor, Ingrid McFarland, Jerome Musni and Francisco Gomez to key management roles at their Oakland, California Headquarters. 

 

“We have revised our operations reporting structure and promoted four team members because of their proven track record at GSC. We have full confidence that they will help our continued growth by providing the best service in the business,” said Andy Garcia, chairman of the board for GSC. “They will help us deliver our promise to our customers: precise execution.”

 

Garcia continued, “We have promoted Brandon Taylor to director of transportation and he will be responsible for the overall transportation operations for GSC which includes management of the Logistics Analysts and Dispatchers. Mr. Taylor will report to our Vice President of Operations, Richard Norton.”

 

“Ingrid McFarland is now the logistics analyst manager and with the responsibility for the part of our operation which provides data to our dispatchers, warehouse and customer service representatives,” said Richard Norton, vice president of operations. “This includes driving the utilization of our transportation management systems and she will report to Brandon Taylor. Ms.McFarland has 16 years of experience in Logistics and joined GSC in 2007. Prior to joining GSC Ms. McFarland worked at the international brokerage firm, DCO.”

 

Norton continued, “Additionally, Jerome Musni has been promoted to logistics analyst supervisor. He joined GSC in 2014 as a logistics analyst and also worked as a dispatcher. Prior to GSC he was the Transportation Manager for Pitney Bowes and worked as a dockworker and package handler at UPS. His hands-on experience in our business makes him the perfect candidate for this supervisorial role.”

 

“Francisco Gomez has also been promoted to the position of logistics analyst supervisor,” said Norton. “He began his career with us in 2014 as a dispatcher. His first-hand knowledge will be invaluable for providing our dispatchers with the data they need to meet each of our customer’s specific requirements. Prior to joining GSC he was a dispatcher for California Multimodal, Inc. and Administration Assistant in Accounting for Melgar Trucking. He also has a background in banking. Both Musni and Gomez report to Ms. McFarland.”

 

GSC Logistics, Inc. is an Oakland, California-based third party logistics services provider with offices in Oakland and Seattle. The company was founded in 1988 to provide drayage and cross-dock deconsolidation services for domestic and import/export customers. Additionally, GSC offers overweight transportation, D.C. bypass programs, direct store delivery, refrigerated transportation, over the road and LTL services plus a myriad of value added services all designed to remove time and costs from the supply chain. All facilities operated by GSC Logistics are C-TPAT compliant and customs bonded, protected with sophisticated security systems, and supported through integrated E.D.I. communications for inventory management and transportation processes. To learn more about GSC Logistics please visit www.GSCHQ.com.

 

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