McLane’s Growth Plans Include Military Veterans

TEMPLE, Texas — McLane Co. Inc. has long understood the value of hiring former members of the military and is actively recruiting those transitioning out of the military into civilian life as part of its growth initiative.

“McLane offers challenges and rewards that keep a military veterans’ problem-solving skills sharp,” said Darrell Briscoe, regional vice president of foodservice at McLane and a former U.S. Army captain.

Briscoe is a 28-year McLane employee who flew Huey and Kiowa class helicopters during Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations. The attraction for Briscoe and many other former members of the military who join McLane is the leadership opportunities and the opportunity to learn various jobs within the same organization, McLane stated.

“The skills I learned in the military have been helpful in every leadership position I’ve held with McLane, from supervisor to manager to executive,” Briscoe said. “I enjoy the camaraderie and responsibility of building and growing teams accountable for serving and supporting our customers.”

McLane attributes robust marketing of its military-friendly programs and word-of-mouth as playing a role in the continued increase in the number of former military members joining the company.

In May 2018, McLane launched Warriors to Wheels, a registered driver apprenticeship program developed especially for people transitioning out of the military. The Warriors to Wheels program is GI Bill-approved and is a Registered Driver Apprenticeship with the U.S. Department of Labor. It is designed to attract and provide military veterans an “earn while you learn” training model that utilizes their military training experience to move into a career in transportation. 

McLane offers careers that don’t require drivers to be away from their families for extended periods of time. Delivery drivers run one-to-two-day routes, with more than 80 distribution centers nationwide.

The program is open to anyone, not just former military. However, former military members who are eligible for GI Bill benefits in the Warriors to Wheels program can receive their GI Bill housing allowance while earning a wage at the same time.

“More than 10 percent of our teammates self-identify as former military,” said Jennifer Rojas Clouse, equal employment opportunity compliance and inclusion manager. “We have been in business for more than 128 years and offer our teammates the opportunity to enjoy long, stable careers. McLane is growing and has management, warehouse, and driver positions available nationwide.”

McLane also partners with the Department of Army/Ft. Hood, which offers transitioning service members a nine-week training experience to learn the fundamentals of warehouse operations.

Temple-based McLane Co. Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc.

McLane is a whollyowned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Source: Convenience Store News

McLane Celebrates 10% Veteran Workforce

TEMPLE, Texas — By Steve Holtz — As distributor McLane Co. looks to grow the company, it is leaning into its Warriors to Wheels hiring initiative to fill openings in the company as they become available.

Warriors to Wheels is a registered-driver apprenticeship program developed especially for people transitioning out of the military. The development program is open to anyone, not just former military; however, former military members who are eligible for GI Bill benefits can receive their GI Bill housing allowance while earning a wage at the same time.

The new focus on the initiative comes as McLane hits a milestone in the 3-year-old program: “More than 10% of our teammates self-identify as former military,” said Jennifer Rojas Clouse, EEO compliance and inclusion manager for McLane.

The company, which has hosted two National Hiring Day events in the past year, attributes robust marketing of its military-friendly programs and word-of-mouth as playing a role in the continued increase in the number of former military members joining the company, including employees such as Darrell Briscoe (pictured above), a former U.S. Army captain and current regional vice president of foodservice at McLane.

“The skills I learned in the military have been helpful in every leadership position I’ve held with McLane, from supervisor to manager to executive,” Briscoe said. “I enjoy the camaraderie and responsibility of building and growing teams accountable for serving and supporting our customers.”

With several distribution centers located near some of America’s largest military bases, McLane also partners with the Department of Army/Fort Hood, which offers transitioning service members a nine-week training experience to learn the fundamentals of warehouse operations. Further, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Program helps employers recruit and develop a skilled workforce. Registered apprenticeships are industry-driven and flexible training solutions that help to reduce turnover and costs and increase employee retention, McLane said.

“McLane offers challenges and rewards that keep a military veteran’s problem-solving skills sharp,” said Briscoe, a 28-year McLane employee who flew Huey and Kiowa class helicopters during Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations.

More information about McLane’s Warriors to Wheels program is available at McLanew2w.com.

McLane Co. Inc., Temple, Texas, is one of the largest supply-chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. McLane is a wholly-owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha, Neb.

Source: Convenience Store Petroleum

McLane Celebrates 10 Percent Former Military Workforce with Plans for Growth

Darrell Briscoe

McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company, has long understood the value of hiring former members of the military. Their service training makes them uniquely positioned to make smooth entry into the company, from truck drivers to executives. With offices and distribution centers located near some of America’s largest military bases, McLane is well-positioned to recruit those transitioning out of the military into civilian life.

“McLane offers challenges and rewards that keep a military veteran’s problem-solving skills sharp,” said Darrell Briscoe, Regional VP of Foodservice at McLane, and a former U.S. Army Captain. Briscoe is a 28-year McLane employee who flew Huey and Kiowa class helicopters during Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations. The attraction for Briscoe and many other former members of the military who join McLane is the leadership opportunities and the opportunity to learn various jobs within the same organization.

“The skills I learned in the military have been helpful in every leadership position I’ve held with McLane, from supervisor to manager to executive,” continued Briscoe. “I enjoy the camaraderie and responsibility of building and growing teams accountable for serving and supporting our customers.”

The company attributes robust marketing of its military-friendly programs and word-of-mouth as playing a role in the continued increase in the number of former military members joining the company.

Three years ago, McLane launched Warriors to Wheels, a registered driver apprenticeship program developed especially for people transitioning out of the military. The program is open to anyone, not just former military. However, former military members who are eligible for GI Bill benefits in the Warrior to Wheels program can receive their GI Bill housing allowance while earning a wage at the same time.

“More than 10 percent of our teammates self-identify as former military,” said Jennifer Rojas Clouse, EEO compliance and inclusion manager. “We have been in business for more than 128 years and offer our teammates the opportunity to enjoy long, stable careers. McLane is growing and has management, warehouse, and driver positions available nationwide.”

McLane also partners with the Department of Army/Ft. Hood, which offers transitioning service members a nine-week training experience to learn the fundamentals of warehouse operations. The Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Programs help employers recruit and develop a highly-skilled workforce. Registered apprenticeships are industry-driven and flexible training solutions that help to reduce turnover and costs and increase employee retention.

To learn more about McLane’s Warriors to Wheels program and locate approved training locations, visit McLanew2w.com.

About McLane

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly-owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK).

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Koios Partners With McLane Co. on Fit Soda Distribution

VANCOUVER, B.C., and TEMPLE, Texas — By Chuck Ulie — Koios Beverage Corp. is partnering with McLane Co. to grow its distribution network for its Fit Soda line in convenience stores and gas stations nationwide.

Koios has been eager to get Fit Soda cans into c-stores for many years, said Chris Miller, CEO and founder. The company is gaining momentum in that goal; last year Koios rolled out its functional drinks in more than 200 c-stores, including Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven and Colorado Shell stores.

The McLane deal a tremendous growth opportunity for Koios, Miller said. “It is a massive opportunity to reach millions of people and further grow the brand outside of our natural retailers,” he said.

“Through McLane, we will be able to place our functional ready-to-drink beverages in locations where consumers are looking for convenient drink options and reach a much wider audience,” Miller added.

Fit Soda is available in Orange Cream (original and natural), Root Beer Vanilla Float (original and natural) and Black Cherry Cola.

This deal follows Koios’ recent announcement that its functional beverages will be carried in more than 600 CVS locations across the country.

“Healthy on-the-go drinks are no longer only relegated to natural and specialty retailers,” Miller said. “Koios is proud to be pushing this trend further as it continues to expand its footprint.”

Temple, Texas-based McLane, which in February hosted it second National Hiring Day, provides grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, it operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

Koios Beverage Corp., based in Vancouver, B.C., is an emerging functional beverage company with a distribution network of more than 4,400 retail locations. It uses a proprietary blend of nootropics and natural organic compounds to enhance human productivity without using harmful chemicals or stimulants, it said.

Source: Convenience Store Petroleum