Sarasota County earns 2019 supply chain award

Honor reflects ongoing efforts to increase efficiency and save taxpayer dollars

Jeff Lowdermilk. File photo

The Sarasota County Government Materials Management team recently earned the 2019 Supply Chain Pros to Know Award, in reflection of its ongoing efforts to create supply chain efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars, the county has announced.

“The award recognizes individuals and organizations that are committed to finding transformative processes” for their supply chains, a news release explains.

“For Sarasota County Government, the supply chain serves both the community and the organization,” the release adds. As a result, “the materials management team continually looks for ways to solve problems before they arise,” the release says.

“I’m proud of this team’s efforts, including their dedication to saving money, reducing waste and providing the highest level of service possible,” said Jeff Lowdermilk, director of Sarasota County’s General Services Department, in the release.

The seven-member team recently found ways to reduce costs by extending the shelf life of PVC pipe; and by lessening the amount of waste that goes into the landfill by recycling bubble wrap, wood pallets and plastic, the release continues. Additionally, the team has been able to save on the expense of fuel by implementing “cross docking,” which reduces delivery times.

“This recognition exemplifies the absolute best of our team members, who strive for excellence in everything they do,” said Steve Thomas, division manager, in the release. “Our goal each day is to exceed customer expectation, by utilizing technology, business analytics and industry best practices. We’re honored to be named among other world class organizations who also strive for excellence.”