McLane Joins NATSO

Supply-chain service company will help truckstop group face today's challenges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- McLane, a leading supply-chain service company, joined NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, at the highest level to work more closely with its industry counterparts.

Steve Brady, vice president of sales for military and convenience for the Temple, Texas-based grocery and foodservice supply-chain company, said McLane is pleased to join NATSO to help play a role in finding solutions to the challenges facing the truckstop industry.

"We view this organization as a committed advocate and leading source of valuable [image-nocss] information for the truckstop and travel plaza industry," said Brady. "With a large number of truckstop and travel plaza customers, combined with the fact that McLane operates one of the nations largest private fleets, we fully support NATSO's mission to advance the success of this important industry."

McLane joins NATSO at a time when the truckstop and travel plaza industry is tackling such critically important issues as the future of highway funding, rest area commercialization and rising interchange fees. The industry also is working to ensure a viable retail market for diesel exhaust fluid, required to help new model tractor trailers meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards. McLane is committing to help the truckstop and travel plaza industry face these challenges.

NATSO president and CEO Lisa Mullings welcomed NATSO's newest member saying, "McLane's decision to join NATSO is an important addition to the association."

She praised the company for its willingness to take a leadership role in NATSO as a Chairman's Circle member to improve its business and the truckstop industry.

McLane is a $34 billion supply chain services leader, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for thousands of convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and military locations, as well as thousands of chain restaurants throughout the United States. With 38 distribution centers and one of the nation's largest private fleets, the company optimizes the purchase, flow and sale of products from thousands of suppliers to more than 60,000 locations. Every year, McLane delivers more than 10 billion pounds of merchandise in every state and county in the United States.

McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

Alexandria, Va.-based NATSO represents the travel plaza and truckstop industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.