Standing in the middle of a cold refrigerated “reefer” container at the Matson terminal in Long Beach, thirty-five MATCH students learned how Christmas trees travel from California to Hawaii. This hands-on experience in the global supply chain was the culmination of a day that started at the Safeway Vons Distribution Center, continued at Aloha Freight Forwarders, and ended with a lunchtime presentation and tour at Matson Navigation Company.
Tom Good, ITEP Board of Directors member and Director, Sales & Marketing, Southwest Region for Matson, shared with students his career journey and gave tips on being competitive in today’s workplace. Good challenged the students to make the most of their education: “it’s not what college you go to that matters, it’s what you do while you’re there” Good explained.
Students got a special treat when their school bus drove right into the hold a Matson container ship for a visit with Captain Bloomingdale. Excitement was in the air, with MATCH junior Dion asking what it took to be a Captain. “You have to be 6’8” or taller…” joked Bloomingdale, who happens to be 6’10.” Students then drove through towers of containers and over to the reefer cleaning stations where they learned about cold storage and the logistics of travel to Hawaii.
The Vons/Matson tour is becoming a revered tradition for the MATCH Academy. Students walk away with an increased awareness of themselves and the world around them. Thank you to Mike Pantaleon MATCH Advisory Board member for setting up the tour, Tom Good of Matson for inspiring the students, and MATCH Advisory Board members Shirley Knull (formerly of PCC Logistics), and Kaj Palsson of International Cargo Equipment Inc. for chaperoning.
Viva Vons and Mahalo Matson!