(Denver, COLO) – The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTC) president LTG Kenneth R. Wyle, USA (ret) and SDDC CG MG Kevin A. Leonard presented the NDTC 2011 Quality Award to The Graebel Companies, Inc. on March 7th. The NDTA Quality award is presented annually to corporations in the transportation industry in recognition of their commitment to excellence. Its presentation is a highlight during the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Symposium Awards Banquet that was held in Denver, Colorado. Accepting the NDTC Quality Award on behalf of The Graebel Companies, Inc. was chief executive officer, William Graebel SGMS. Also attending from Graebel were Craig Carver, director of military and government services and Charlie Shockley, moving services project manager.
Among the nearly three thousand suppliers of the National Defense Transportation Association, Graebel was one of only nine total companies to receive the Quality Award for 2011. Graebel was nominated by Richard Jennings, USA Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This nomination was the result of the Company’s innovative, cost-efficient practices that led to multi-million dollar savings for the interstate moving services that were provided for the commercial office and equipment transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A 32-person Graebel moving team performed services following the closures of the Atlanta, Georgia Fort McPherson and Fort Gilem posts in accordance to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s ruling in 2005 that called for the closure of both posts by fall 2011.
Professional gear, office equipment and contents for hundreds of personnel were relocated to temporary office quarters by Graebel during the year-end holiday season of 2010. Graebel conducted a second move, when the state-of-the-art USARC permanent headquarters was completed during the peak of the 2011 summer moving season.
Concurrently, Graebel relocated the USARC museum and national archives from Georgia to North Carolina. The USARC museum is home to an extensive collection of irreplaceable, priceless military artifacts with many that predate the Civil War, as well as military uniforms from all wars, swords, and a wide variety of military displays.
William Graebel remarked, “We are both honored and humbled to be nominated and to receive this tremendous Quality-focused recognition. On behalf of our global relocation and moving organization we congratulate and sincerely thank general manager and regional vice president, Tom Theisen, Charlie Shockley, Craig Carver, and their team for the strategic planning, the effective, cost-efficient deployment of equipment and especially for the immense physical hard work that went into delivering an award-winning relocation.”
About the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTC) Quality Award
Department of Defense (DOD) approved providers in all modes and services in the transportation industry that number nearly three thousand are eligible for nomination. Nominees must demonstrate sustained exceptional performance in support of the DOD during the previous calendar year. The selection process evaluates each nominee for its: Innovation (service quality and documented cost savings); Quality of service and partnership/teamwork (quality of communications, efficiency of service, satisfaction of special needs, resolution of needs, teamwork, professionalism, appearance, overall service and accomplishments); and, DOD-wide Application (scope of contribution and supplier’s ability to implement DOD-wide). The NDTA Quality Award nomination is submitted through the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. Award selections are made by an NDTA Headquarters committee.
About the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTC)
A non-political, non-profit educational global logistics and transportation association of the U.S. government, military, and industry professionals that total over 9,000 members and 250 corporate members. Members of the association are dedicated to fostering a strong, efficient transportation and distribution system in support of national security. The organizational structure spans these six national committees that are: Air Mobility Command (AMC), Military Sealift Command (MSC), Surface Deployment & Distribution Command (SDD), Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), Transportation Security Administration (TS), and the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).
About Graebel Companies, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Graebel provides worldwide relocation and move management services, U.S. and international household goods moving and storage services, cargo freight forwarding and commercial office moving and workplace services. On-the-ground services are performed in 153 countries for the Fortune 500, global 100 and government agencies. The world headquarters is in Aurora, Colorado and Graebel centers are located throughout the U.S., and in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Singapore. The Graebel Companies, Inc. divisions include: Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc., and Move Management, Inc. All divisions of the privately-held company experienced double-digit growth in 2011. The Company boasts a strong balance sheet, an extensively background-checked and trained employee workforce, certifiable quality and security credentials such as C-TPAT, FAIM ISO and TRUSTe EU Safe Harbor, and its business intelligence reporting and management system includes portals. Graebel was the first in its industry to launch full-service relocation and move management apps in 2010. Recent honors include the NDTC 2011 Quality Award, #1 ranking in the HRO Today Magazine Relocation Baker’s Dozen in 2010 and 2011; and 18-consecutive year winner of the OMNI Platinum award. To learn more visit: www.graebel.com.
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