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Lineage Announces Appointment of New Board Member

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Lineage Announces Appointment of New Board Member
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Lineage Announces Appointment of New Board Member

2024-04-23 20:07 Last Updated At:20:21

NOVI, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2024--

Lineage, Inc. (“Lineage”), the world’s largest global temperature-controlled warehouse REIT and integrated solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Shellye Archambeau to the Board of Directors of Lineage’s operating subsidiary, Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC. Archambeau assumed her position on the board this month, bringing deep expertise as a seasoned CEO and public company board leader to her role.

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Archambeau brings to the board over 30 years of experience building and scaling business-to-consumer and business-to-business brands in the technology industry, with expertise in governance, risk and compliance, marketing and entrepreneurship. She is a senior executive mentor with the ExCo Group and currently serves on the boards of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), where she chairs the Corporate Governance and Policy Committee; Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ROP), where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee; Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA); and two national non-profits, Catalyst Inc. and Braven, Inc. She previously served on the boards of Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) and Arbitron Inc. (acquired by Nielsen Holdings N.V.).

She is the former CEO of MetricStream, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based software company, where she led the company’s transformation into a leader in governance, risk and compliance solutions. She also previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales at NorthPoint Communications, and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Loudcloud, as well as the President of Blockbuster.com, where she launched the entertainment retailer’s first online presence. Archambeau has significant expertise with integrated enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance functions and quality, as well as vendor and audit management software solutions across a wide range of industries.

“We are honored to welcome Shellye to the board and look forward to working with her to further our purpose of transforming the cold chain to help feed the world,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and CEO of Lineage. “With her proven and accomplished track record of building industry-leading organizations and high-performance teams, Shellye’s extensive experience will be instrumental in supporting Lineage’s strategic initiatives.”

“I am thrilled to join the board of directors and be part of a team dedicated to creating a more innovative and sustainable cold chain at a time when global access to safe, reliable food is increasingly vital,” said Archambeau. “I look forward to working with the leadership team to help further Lineage’s support of communities worldwide.”

About Lineage

Lineage, Inc. is the world’s largest global temperature-controlled warehouse REIT with a network of over 480 strategically located facilities totaling over 84.1 million square feet and 3.0 billion cubic feet of capacity across countries in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Coupling end-to-end supply chain solutions and technology, Lineage partners with some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to help increase distribution efficiency, advance sustainability, minimize supply chain waste, and, most importantly, feed the world.

Lineage today announced the appointment of Shellye Archambeau to the Board of Directors of Lineage’s operating subsidiary, Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC. Archambeau assumed her position on the board this month, bringing deep expertise as a seasoned CEO and public company board leader to her role. (Photo: Business Wire)

Lineage today announced the appointment of Shellye Archambeau to the Board of Directors of Lineage’s operating subsidiary, Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC. Archambeau assumed her position on the board this month, bringing deep expertise as a seasoned CEO and public company board leader to her role. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Workers at Georgia school bus maker Blue Bird approve their first union contract

2024-05-25 00:36 Last Updated At:00:40

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — A year after they voted to unionize, workers at a Georgia school bus manufacturer have approved their first contract.

The United Steelworkers union and Blue Bird Corp. said union members at Blue Bird's assembly plants and warehouse in Fort Valley have voted to approve a three-year contract between the company and the union.

The union said the contract will provide all 1,500 covered workers with at least a 12% raise, with some of the lowest-paid workers getting raises of more than 40%. The union says the company will contribute to a retirement plan for workers, share profits, and improve health and safety.

The negotiations had been closely watched by President Joe Biden's administration, in part because Blue Bird has gotten $40 million in federal aid to build electric school buses.

Biden released a statement Thursday saying acting Labor Secretary Julie Su had helped bring the negotiations to a successful agreement. Contract talks after a first union vote are often difficult.

“Congratulations to members of the United Steelworkers and to Blue Bird for proving once again that meeting our clean energy goals is an opportunity to create good-paying union jobs for American workers,” Biden said.

Blue Bird is one of three major school bus manufacturers in the United States, along with Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, and IC Bus, a unit of Navistar International.

Blue Bird had urged employees to reject unionization last year, but CEO Phil Horlock said in a statement Friday that contract talks had been “very collaborative” and that the company is “looking forward to a strong partnership with our USW team members.” The company said higher pay, benefits and opportunities for career development will help Blue Bird attract workers.

“We reached an agreement which provides positive outcomes for all parties involved and will continue to drive our One Team, high-performance culture,” Horlock said. “We are confident that the agreement will further bolster Blue Bird’s position as an employer of choice in the region."

Blue Bird is a publicly held company based in Macon. With about 2,000 employees overall, it has long been the largest private employer in Peach County.

The vote for the USW was a notable win for organized labor in the traditionally unfriendly Deep South.

“Federal investments like these must come with a seat at the table for workers,” United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo said in a statement. “Our union has a long history in the South fighting for better wages and working conditions in a variety of industries, but for too long, corporations and their political cronies have tried to characterize the South as a place where they could run away from unions, cut corners and pay workers less."

The share of workers who are unionized nationwide has been falling for decades, dipping to 10% last year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And private sector workers are much less likely to be union members, with only 6% paying dues.

Organized labor is an even smaller sliver of Georgia workers, with only 4.4% of workers being union members. The state's business leaders have long been hostile to unions, with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp this year pushing through a law that would bar companies taking state incentives from recognizing unions without a formal secret-ballot election.

FILE -- An all-electric school bus sits on display in front of the Blue Bird Corp. factory in Fort Valley, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2023. The company and the United Steelworkers union said on Thursday, May, 23, 2024 that workers had approved an initial three-year contract after voting to unionize in May 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE via AP, file)

FILE -- An all-electric school bus sits on display in front of the Blue Bird Corp. factory in Fort Valley, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2023. The company and the United Steelworkers union said on Thursday, May, 23, 2024 that workers had approved an initial three-year contract after voting to unionize in May 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE via AP, file)

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