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The U of M and the DeHart Group Announce $100,000 Partnership to Support Transportation Research
For release: August 3, 2007
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The DeHart Group has entered into a partnership agreement with the University of Memphis to support intermodal freight transportation research initiatives. The DeHart Transportation Fund will support work in advanced technology applications used in container freight and supply chain security systems and warehouse and freight yard management. These topics are part of a larger, intermodal freight transportation research agenda being conducted under the auspices of the University’s two new transportation centers – the Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies and the Center for Advanced Intermodal Technologies.

Supported, in part, by state and federal Departments of Transportation, the centers are under the direction of Dr. Marty Lipinski, a seasoned transportation engineer, and include, as partners, faculty from the University’s Management Information Systems STEP program under the direction of Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, and faculty from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Transportation Research (VECTOR).

According to Lipinski, an interdisciplinary, team approach and collaboration with the private sector are keys to success for these types of research endeavors.  “These transportation centers were established to identify, analyze, and develop recommendations to address critical needs in the region’s and the nation’s intermodal freight transportation network,” he explained, “including the adaptation or development of technology solutions where applicable.  This requires that we work with the multiple constituencies represented in our advisory networks, including private sector, public sector, and trade organizations to be sure our work is both leading and relevant.

“Corporate partnerships, such as the one established with DeHart, are particularly critical, because they provide researchers with an in-depth view into day-to-day operations as well as the ability to test new models in real world settings.”

For the privately-held DeHart Group, tapping the University’s expert networks and contributing to the growth of these two centers simply makes good sense.   “The University is an important resource for the business community in Memphis and in the transportation and logistics industry at large,” said Tom DeHart, CEO and founder of the DeHart Group.   “We look forward to working in partnership with the University to grow and develop the expertise and technology solutions to address rapidly changing industry needs. 

“At The DeHart Business Park, we are in the process of expanding our services for logistics, technology and HR / Lifestyle management functions as part of servicing our growing client base.  By partnering with the University of Memphis, we believe we can further leverage our resources and expand our capabilities related to GPS and RFID technologies.  We believe that The DeHart Business Park will become an anchor location in the core transportation corridor of the city between the rail yards of the Union Pacific and Canadian National railroads. Several city leaders, like Frank Rick’s of Looney, Ricks, Kiss continue to predict the “reemergence” of key corridors, and we believe that The DeHart Business Park is well positioned adjacent to one such corridor for transportation”

For Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis, DeHart’s commitment is a special one.   “Tom is an alumnus of the University of Memphis, a very successful businessman, and a gentleman with a strong commitment to our community and who has great affection for our University.  His willingness to open the doors of his businesses to us and also to contribute financially in a manner that will allow us to grow our research capacity is especially meaningful.”

Tom DeHart’s connection to the University of Memphis dates back to the early 1960s, when he was a football player for Memphis State.  DeHart believes that “this is our family’s chance to give back to U of M, but is also a way to say ‘thank you’ to a great institution that gave me a chance to get an education and work with some great people around Memphis.  Giving back is part of our company’s values, not just to help the University, but jointly to do our part in helping Memphis.”

The DeHart Group, LLC, is a supplier of service solutions in the shipping, services, and logistics supply industry.  Based in Memphis, the company has more than 17 years of experience operating transportation related businesses including:  Financial Logistics, LLC, Suncoast Carriers, Financial Transportation Services Inc., Convoy Services, and Pyramid Distribution.  In addition to its full 3PL logistics capabilities and transportation services business, The DeHart Group is actively involved in RFID compliance through its recently announced RFID compliance center, located on 22 acres in downtown Memphis as part of The DeHart Business Park. 

Through subsidiary companies ESSI, and Complete Staffing, DeHart also provides administrative office services specializing in meeting the needs of small companies that are looking for expertise in managing full range HR/ payroll /benefits services, insurance, and financial planning. Its strong transportation-related heritage, which dates back to a family wagon building company started in 1884, still guides this business to stay ahead of ever-changing technology.

The University of Memphis, founded in 1912, today is a major metropolitan research university committed to excellence in education and service to the community.  One of 45 campuses under the aegis of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the U of M offers 15 bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 majors and 70 concentrations, master’s degrees in more than 45 subject areas, and doctoral degrees in 21 disciplines, as well as the juris doctorate (law) and specialist in education degrees.  Its park-like suburban campus is home to more than 21,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff members.  The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information, call Chris DeHart at The DeHart Group, 901/853-4900, or Dr. Marty Lipinski at the University of Memphis, 901/678-2171.

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