Third-party logistics provider picks up OSHA recognition


A Grand Rapids-based trucking and warehousing provider will be presented an OSHA certificate today for its exemplary safety and health program — the first company of its kind in the state to earn the recognition.

Family owned Columbian Logistics Network will accept the certificate from OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Program, which recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program, according to OSHA.

SHARP holders are singled out among their industry peers as models for worksite safety and health, and there is a practical reward, too: OSHA exempts a SHARP worksite from OSHA-programmed inspections for up to two years, with potential renewal for up to three years.

Columbia said it is the 31st company in Michigan to earn a SHARP award and the first third-party logistics provider.

OSHA presentation

West Michigan elected officials, MIOSHA executives and officers of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Michigan Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance today when Columbian receives a SHARP certificate from OSHA.

John Zevalkink, CEO of Columbian, will be at the presentation ceremony, along with state senators Mark Jansen and Dave Hildenbrand, MiOSHA Director Martha Yoder and the chamber leaders. It takes place at Columbian’s facility, at 5400 33rd St. SE.

Columbian was started by the Zevalkink family in 1924.

It employs 260 people, has 60 semi-tractors and about 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space, including ambient food grade and temperature-controlled space in nine locations throughout Michigan.

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