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Requirements for Assistance through Habitat for Humanity

A logistics executive, Howard Woodie McDuffie has spent much of the past decade devising strategies for the transloading of ethanol products at the Kenan Advantage Group. Howard Woodie McDuffie also supports a number of nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical Christian ministry that has built over 800,000 houses for people of all backgrounds.

Founded in 1976 by businessman and humanitarian Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity makes houses affordable through generous donations of land, materials, and labor. However, Habitat for Humanity does not simply give away houses. Prospective owners must make a down payment, usually of $500, and spend about 300 to 500 hours working on Habitat projects, whether their own houses or those of others. They also make mortgage payments, which the organization keeps affordable through the aforementioned donations.

The typical Habitat beneficiary, while earning less than half of the median income for his or her community, must be employed and be able to repay the mortgage on the property.


Transloading in Brief

Howard Woodie McDuffie has served in goods transport for more than 35 years. As vice president of KAG Logistics in North Canton, Ohio, Howard Woodie McDuffie developed the company’s rail-to-truck transloading business.

By legal definition, transloading refers to the moving of hazardous materials from one shipping container to another. This may include moving these goods between modes of transportation, such as from rail to truck, or between vehicles within a single mode of transport. Provided that the purpose continues to be the commercial transport of goods, transloading may be completed between bulk containers or between bulk and non-bulk containers.

Transloading benefits commercial clients in that it expands a company’s ability to ship, receive, and comply with a wider variety of loading and shipping regulations. For example, a company may choose to transload goods off of an import vehicle and onto a domestic vehicle for cross-border transport. Another company may transload rail-shipped goods onto a truck to deliver to a location that is inaccessible by rail. An experienced transloading company works with clients to identify transport needs and design container-to-container transport in response.

An Explanation of Transloading

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Transloading refers to moving goods from one vehicle to another or from one vehicle to separate containers. Often times, this method involves unstable, hazardous, or heavy products that cannot be transported via conventional means. A common example of transloading involves transferring gasoline from a rail car to a tank truck, which will then bring the liquid to a gas station. Items shipped through this process may also be deposited at ports, warehouses, and reload stations.

Certain companies specialize in transloading and enable clients to send material across the country in specially designed trucks and railroad cars. Hiring out transloading duties provides several advantages. For more dangerous items such as chemicals, these firms understand the legal and safety requirements involved in shipping. Additionally, they possess the equipment necessary to complete the job.

About the Author:

The Vice President of KAG Logistics, Inc., Howard Woodie McDuffie utilizes his skills at business development and shipping fleet management to aid the company, which moves ethanol, petroleum, and other products. During his tenure, Howard Woodie McDuffie has developed ethanol transloading procedures for six United States locations.