SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Gurtler Industries, a manufacturer of detergents, specialty chemicals and injection systems for the commercial laundry industry, reports it has formed Gurtler Logistics, a fully owned and operated division of the company that will provide product-delivery services to its customers.
The company says that over the last few years, the industry has experienced increased challenges with delivery services due to the availability of appropriate trucks and drivers. To meet these challenges, Gurtler has invested in a fleet of semi-tractor/trailers and bulk tankers and hired a staff of fully qualified drivers.
“The formation of our logistics unit will allow us to better control our delivery services, keeping our promise of on-time delivery,” says Greg Gurtler, president of Gurtler Industries. “Plus, our customers will benefit from having a Gurtler employee on site for personalized delivery service.”
Brett Jasik, who joined Gurtler as its director of logistics, USA, will manage the fleet.
“As the United States continues to struggle with supply chain and driver shortages, we face continued increases in delivery costs,” Jasik says. “Having our own drivers and trucks gives us better control over costs and ensures more efficient delivery to our customers.”
Gurtler says that as it rolls out delivery service from its Chicago production headquarters, the company plans on expanding its fleet.
In addition to semis for delivering packaged goods, the company has invested in tanker trucks that will each be able to deliver up to 4,000 gallons of bulk liquid laundry specialty chemicals. “In the next few years, we aim to handle delivery of 75% of our packaged goods and 90% of our bulk chemical products,” Jasik says.
Gurtler says the tankers will not only deliver products but will also be able to pick up liquid raw materials in bulk and bring them to the plant to support production and help eliminate issues with timely delivery.
Additionally, the expanded fleet will be able to pick up empty 220- or 330-gallon chemical totes and 55-gallon drums and return them for recycling.
“Our customers say they appreciate our continued commitment to being a value-added partner. Plus, I have been told that they see this as another example of how Gurtler reacts to problems and implements solutions,” shares Greg Gurtler. “Keep your eyes peeled to spot a Gurtler Industries truck on the road to a valued customer!”