|The History of Sterling Solutions|
Since its inception in 1998, Sterling Solutions has focused on providing industry leading solutions through an intensive, customer service focused approach. This approach has served us well in our work with more than 100 clients. Initially, the firm focused on transportation and distribution cost improvement programs encompassing areas such as tactical transportation cost reduction and fleet management. The major client base was primarily regional, focusing on the Mid-South. Alliances were formed with various other firms and independent contractors to market a broader range of services for clients. The firm leveraged its personnel’s consulting experience gained from the large national consulting firms and well as deep industry experience obtained from some of the most well known global companies. Those services which had generally only been available from the large national consulting firms were made available to companies on a local and regional basis at much more attractive pricing than offered by the large firms.
One alliance partner with whom Sterling began working almost from the inception of the company was NVision Logistics, a small consulting firm located in the Cleveland, Ohio area. NVision had been formed in the early 1990’s and had built a reputation of deep subject expertise in the transportation and distribution operations area, as well as in third party logistics operations, transportation management and distribution network operations. Its client base was focused in the Mid-west and Atlantic Seaboard and had an extensive food industry focus. Through its breadth and depth of work, NVision built an extensive network of client relationships by delivering world class client solutions.
Sterling Solutions Moving Into The Future
Today, the combined firm operates as Sterling Solutions and has offices in Cleveland and Memphis. In addition, the firm has employees located in several states in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. The firm has continued to grow and is recognized for its extensive expertise in transportation management, distribution network optimization, and third party logistics management. In addition, Sterling is considered one of the nation’s leading firms in food safety and cold chain management. Because of its leadership in cold chain management and distribution operations, Sterling partnered with Georgia Tech's Supply Chain and Logistics Institute in 2010 to form the Integrated Food Chain Center (IFC). The IFC is an industry/academic joint initiative to identify and resolve critical issues impacting cold chain integration across the end-to-end food chain.
Kevin Westbrook, a staff consultant with the firm, winner of the 2010 Newell Innovative Teaching award at Union University.