Oct 06 2014

Date Posted: 10/6/2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-722-6621
Cell 941-932-1006
vzimmermann@portmanatee.com

PALMETTO, Fla. – With top marks in value, as well as equipment and operations, Port Manatee has been recognized with the Quest for Quality Award from Logistics Management magazine.

“Being selected for this prestigious award demonstrates that our team is succeeding in its commitment to provide our customers with the best service possible,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “It is particularly gratifying to learn that we are one of just four ports in the Gulf region to be so honored.”

In a poll of nearly 7,500 Logistics Management readers, Port Manatee also received high recognition for ease of doing business, ocean carrier network and intermodal network.

The magazine promotes the Quest for Quality Award process as the premier benchmark study of logistics and transportation service excellence for 31 years.

Matty Appice, Port Manatee’s senior director of trade development and sales, accepted the award on behalf of the Port Manatee team at a Sept. 24 banquet during the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in San Antonio, Texas.

Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

Matty Appice, left, senior director of trade development and sales at Port Manatee, accepts the Quest for Quality Award from Michael Levans, group editorial director of Peerless Media, during the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in San Antonio, Texas