Sedlak has been named a recipient of the 2017 Business Longevity Award by Smart Business, which recognized Northeast Ohio businesses that have achieved business milestones of 50, 75 or 100 years. Presented with the award plaque at a luncheon at the Western Reserve Historical Society in August, Sedlak was recognized for being a company built on “timeless values and principles that have set the stage for generations of economic development.”
“Entrepreneurship isn’t easy,” notes Smart Business. “Nine out of every 10 start-ups will fail within the first few years. Success requires more than simply a good idea; it means having moxie, a belief in innovation, a willingness to adapt, and the ability to do what’s necessary to survive.”
Founded in 1958 by industry pioneer Joseph A. Sedlak, and now in its second generation of family ownership, Sedlak has built a highly respected reputation across the retail, wholesale, 3PL, and healthcare industries as a specialist in distribution and logistics. Since Joe’s early days of designing state-of-the-art material handling systems, Sedlak has positioned itself on the forefront of supply chain innovation – combining precision data analytics, process improvements, and intelligent use of technology to drive operational efficiencies and support growth strategies for its clients.
In a murky marketplace where equipment and systems providers now also offer consulting services and consulting firms are acquiring solutions providers, Sedlak has intentionally remained a fully independent consultancy focused on ensuring best-fit solutions for its clients and building trusted and enduring client relationships.
“Our independence is a key differentiator,” said vice president and co-owner Patrick Sedlak. “Very few consulting firms can offer our unbiased view of material handling and IT technologies. That level of integrity assures our clients that we have only their best interests in mind.”
The company has broadened its service verticals to include a strong focus on supply chain strategy – including inventory optimization and transportation management – as well as targeting healthcare as a growing industry with extensive supply chain needs.