Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 44
SHIPPING & PORTS
// Contanda aims to expand its products and
services as it grows the business by entering
uncompromising values, an experienced
management team and a motivated
workforce committed to safety and
customer service. "As we grow with our
new name, we will offer a wider range
of products and services," Cardillo adds.
"I'd like to see Contanda twice the size
it is today in five years and when we go
in that direction I want to have our own
identity and platform."
Making a Difference
Cardillo became president and CEO of
Contanda Terminals in April with a goal
of making a difference. He is focused on
broadening the company's commodity
and service base, and taking the company to the next level under Contanda.
"Contanda has been an excellent terminal provider for over 60 years and is
entering an exciting period of projected
growth and change as we begin to invoke
a growth strategy within our existing
terminal infrastructure, as well as
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development of new terminal facilities,"
Known as "Mr. Logistics," Cardillo
worked at Chevron USA for 15 years and
an asset portfolio that was acquired by
Enterprise Products in 2002 from Diamond-Koch LLC. "With Enterprise I had
a variety of assignments over 14 years,
but the last assignment I had was overseeing their marine, trucking and scheduling of their pipelines," he remembers. "I
oversaw rail, truck, terminal operations;
scheduling for all the pipelines and dealt
with our sister divisions that stored,
received and delivered product."
To achieve Cardillo's vision to
broaden Contanda's commodity and
service base and double the company's
size in five years, its headquarters was
relocated from New Orleans to Houston in mid-October. The next step was
to change processes and its employee
base to accelerate from an agriculture
and food based storage company to a
petrochemical and energy based storage
and terminal company, as well. "It is two
different divisions," Cardillo explains.
"We are not getting out of agriculture
and food, but expanding our commodity
base to new lines."
Each of Contanda's 15 terminals in 11
states are somewhat unique, Cardillo says.
The company is exploring expansion at
its east and west coast terminals, is in the
midst of a permitted project in Grays Harbor, Wash., and will begin a big expansion
project in the Gulf of Mexico. "In addition
to ship and barge access, these projects
would allow for deep-water ship access
and rail unit trains," he explains.
Contanda also recently expanded its
railcar storage in Sioux City, Iowa, and
plans for both Houston terminals. To
improve productivity, the company implemented automated loading systems for
third-party trucks that expedites loading,
scaling and ticketing for drivers, as well as
increased access into inventory on a daily