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Great Lakes Transportation takes 'business unit' approach


To improve customer service and expense management, and sharpen its revenue focus, Great Lakes Transportation LLC (GLT) has organized its four transportation and bulk-handling companies into two geographically based business units.

The Eastern Business Unit, comprising Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Co. and The Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Co., will be based in Monroeville, Pa. The Northern Business Unit, comprising Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway Co. (DMIR) and USS Great Lakes Fleet Inc. (USS-GLF), will be based in Duluth, Minn.

Accordingly, GLT also made a series of management changes:

  • Peter Stephenson, previously vice president of both DMIR and USS-GLF, will head the Northern Business Unit.
  • Jerry Vast, previously with consulting firm Kingsley Group, will lead the Eastern Business Unit.
  • Elliott Hughes III was named vice president and assistant to the president. Hughes also will be responsible for Northern Business Unit commercial activities, as well as "high-impact" special projects.
  • David Novak, GLT’s vice president of strategy, planning and performance improvement, will be responsible for "People Programs," including human resources.<br>

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