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Material-Handling Industry Pioneer Joseph A. Sedlak Dies

Joseph A. Sedlak, who in 1958 founded Joseph A. Sedlak Management Consultants Inc., one of the earliest consultancies in the material handling and warehouse industry, died Sept. 9, 2013, at the age of 90.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sedlak initially taught industrial engineering courses at Fenn Engineering College (now part of Cleveland State University) and John Carroll University. Employment followed with Cleveland manufacturing firms, such as National Screw and Manufacturing Co., Picker X-Ray, and apparel manufacturer Bobbie Brooks. It was at the latter where he developed a reputation for innovative garment handling systems and creative warehouse designs.

The company Sedlak founded, still privately owned, has expertise in the retail, manufacturing, wholesale, direct-to-consumer and third-party logistics industries.

The company's professional disciplines are in supply chain strategy, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture and information systems.

Source: Sedlak Management Consultants Inc.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sedlak initially taught industrial engineering courses at Fenn Engineering College (now part of Cleveland State University) and John Carroll University. Employment followed with Cleveland manufacturing firms, such as National Screw and Manufacturing Co., Picker X-Ray, and apparel manufacturer Bobbie Brooks. It was at the latter where he developed a reputation for innovative garment handling systems and creative warehouse designs.

The company Sedlak founded, still privately owned, has expertise in the retail, manufacturing, wholesale, direct-to-consumer and third-party logistics industries.

The company's professional disciplines are in supply chain strategy, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture and information systems.

Source: Sedlak Management Consultants Inc.