Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is contracting out its parts distribution activities.
Husky has begun working with Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc. of Morton, Ill., a subsidiary of heavy-equipment producer Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill.
Cat Logistics provides supply-chain services to about 60 companies around the world, according to spokeswoman Linda Fairbanks.
Chief Operating Officer Keith Carlton said in a statement that the decision will improve distribution for the machinery and mold supplier's customers, because Cat Logistics is close to a primary shipping hub in Louisville, Ky., and because it offers longer shipping hours.
Cat Logistics runs more than 130 facilities in 23 countries. Husky said the logistics strategy is increasingly used by large industrial companies that wish to increase the speed of delivery of parts to customers.
Carlton noted that Husky has been working with Cat Logistics for the last several months to ensure a gradual transfer.
Husky runs a parts distribution center in Buffalo, N.Y., which Husky said is not affected by the logistics decision.
The order desk and inventory management teams in Buffalo are not impacted by this decision and continue to be a critical part of the service we provide, Husky said in a statement.
Sales order desk and inventory management practices continue to be priorities and thus remain wholly managed by Husky, the company said.
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