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"Congratulations to the VMA on 100 years. We are grateful to have been a part of it for at least 30 years...or longer. We don't really know how long we've been in it - it's been that long.

"We are really grateful that as an inland transportation distribution provider, that the VMA gives us a seat at the table with their goal of promoting and protecting commerce through the ports of Virginia. Like I said, we are just the inland piece....warehousing, distribution, transportation...We couldn't do that without the VMA being in our corner to protect the port, protect the commerce...very grateful.

"We can't wait for May, and all the festivities that keep coming with the 100th anniversary, and we hope to be a part of it for the next 100 years," said Trevor Dunlap, Director of Operations at Givens Logistics.




Strong Port Industry Has Givens Excited About 2020 and Beyond

 

Take a walk through the giant warehousing facilities at Givens in Chesapeake, and you’ll see rows and rows of products waiting to be distributed throughout the United States.

Look even closer, and you’ll see the power of maritime commerce on full display.

Since 1959, Givens has been a leader in warehousing and logistics. The locally-owned company serves as a central distribution point for imported goods, including everything from manufacturing components to consumer items.

And for nearly as long, Givens, which boasts more than 300 employees, has been a steadfast member of the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA). Why? The VMA protects the flow of goods through the port and remains a critical asset for the work Givens does.

“The VMA affords us a seat at the table to preserve the interests of the port,” said Trevor Dunlap, director of operations. “Even though we specialize in warehousing and inland transportation, the ability to easily and efficiently bring goods through the port is essential.”

Keith Helton, the company’s executive vice president, remembers when the VMA fought hard to prevent port privatization. “The VMA helped to ensure the port remained a community asset and not a private one. We are grateful to this day for their efforts.”

Allen Campbell, national sales manager, sees firsthand the VMA’s influence when he travels to Richmond for the VMA’s annual day at the state capitol. There, he and other members meet with elected officials and underscore the importance of maritime commerce to the state’s economy.

“Legislators need reminders that the port affects business owners and consumers across the Commonwealth,” he says. “We are much stronger in Richmond as the collective voice of the maritime community than as individual businesses.”

The Givens team takes pride in showcasing its more than two million feet square feet of warehousing space. Givens boasts 60+ long-term clients (like Honda, which has warehoused its motorcycles and power equipment with Givens for more than 60 years) and clients like Armstrong Flooring that use Givens for drop-ship orders to single customers.



“Legislators need reminders that the port affects business owners and consumers across the Commonwealth. We are much stronger in Richmond as the collective voice of the maritime community than as individual businesses.”
-ALLEN CAMPBELL, GIVENS LOGISTICS

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Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
ashley@vamaritime.com
(757) 628-2678

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