Linde relocates National Operations Center to New Jersey
Murray Hill, New Jersey, U.S. – Linde North America is relocating its National Operations Center, the nerve center of its customer supply organization, to a newer and bigger location in Stewartsville, New Jersey.
Linde North America is part of The Linde Group, a world leading gases and engineering group. Linde’s National Operations Center houses the production forecasting, delivery scheduling and even remote monitoring and operation of the company’s network of over 70 atmospheric and process gas plants throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
“Moving to Stewartsville enables Linde to put key components of our supply, distribution and engineering functions under one roof. That way our people can help each other at a moment’s notice to keep customers’ businesses operating without a hitch,” said Steve Jennings, head of scheduling, who oversees the NOC.
Linde’s NOC began in 1986 as a five-person operation in a small office in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, adjacent to an air separation plant Linde operates. It was created to consolidate the scheduling and planning of the company’s bulk gas deliveries, a job previously carried out at each production location.
Two decades and three major expansions later, the center’s 150 employees now handle nearly all aspects of keeping Linde’s 10,000-plus bulk customers in North America supplied with the gases they need to keep their businesses running.
NOC employees schedule and dispatch some 35,000 deliveries a month, made by drivers who travel over 80 million miles to deliver oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, helium and carbon dioxide.
Besides product scheduling and remote plant operations, the NOC also houses functions such as customer engineering services, rail/logistics, energy services and safety, health, environment and quality.
“Linde is moving our NOC from Bethlehem because we wanted to provide added security to this critical center of our business. Moving 16 miles east puts us slightly closer to our North American headquarters in Murray Hill but still keeps us in the Lehigh Valley, where we’ve become an integral part of the local community,” Jennings said.
The new, 28,000 square foot location also has enabled Linde to upgrade most of the technology used to keep customers supplied, such as remote monitoring of customer inventory, operating and monitoring plant production and communicating with trucks on the road delivering to customers.
“It seems fitting that as the National Operations Center enters its third decade of existence, it does so in a facility that is equipped with the latest technological infrastructure and system redundancy to support Linde’s customers, even in the event of a major snowstorm or power outage along the East Coast,” Jennings said.
Linde’s customer contact details haven’t changed. You can always reach Linde’s NOC at +1.800.232-4726.
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2008 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.7 billion (USD 15.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information about Linde in North America, visit http://www.lindeus.com
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