9th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium

Friday, December 2, 2005 - 11:30am
United States

Freight Mobility: Economic Impacts On The Upper Midwest

This year's symposium focused on the economic impacts of freight mobility on the Upper Midwest. Representatives from the business community, academia, and the public sector discussed strategies and tactics to meet the growing regional demand for freight transportation capacity. The symposium also addressed emerging supply-chain and infrastructure approaches to capacity challenges, the critical role of security in the supplychain, and how logistics costs affect corporate decision making in terms of profitability on continuing operations, plant expansion and relocation decisions, and site selection for greenfield operations.




  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies
  • Greg West, President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Keynote Presentation: Freight Mobility, Transportation System Capacity, and the Economic Challenges Ahead

  • PJ Benoit, Senior Account Executive, Federal Express Trade Networks

Panel: How Logistics Costs Affect Corporate Decision Making

Moderator: Ron Dvorak, Sales/Marketing Representative, xpedx an International Paper Company


  • Cheryl Amborn, Traffic Manager, Cummins Power Generation
  • Paul Borgen, Corporate Logistics Manager, Polaris
  • Tom Bland, Customer Order Fulfillment Manager, 3M

Panel: Emerging Supply-Chain and Infrastructure Approaches to Capacity Challenges

Moderator: Richard Murphy, Jr., President, Murphy Warehouse


  • Karen Donohue, Associate Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Laden, Founding Principal, Trade Innovations, Inc.
  • Bill Kascel, Vice President of Transpacific Development, Kuehne & Nagel, Inc.
  • Cecil Selness, Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Wrap-up and Adjourn

  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies


Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: