Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics’ parent company, MCLJasco was named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the nation’s most successful Black-owned businesses. Number 67 on the “Industrial/Service” category of the magazine’s BE-100 list, MCLJasco is a Detroit-based management company that operates numerous ventures, each uniquely positioned to meet the varied needs of its customers.
“It is an honor to be included among the country’s top 100 African American-owned businesses,” said Louis James, president and CEO of MCLJasco. “This recognition speaks to our vision for growth and the dedication and commitment of our employees.”
From inventory management to steel manufacturing, to fulfillment and energy efficiency logistics services, MCLJasco provides a diverse range of supply chain management services. Companies under the MCLJasco umbrella include JASCO, QIC, JATDCO, MCI and SEEL, the energy efficiency arm of the company.
Formed in 2009, SEEL has grown to an impressive $14 million annually. Within its first wo years of operation, SEEL won the Andromeda Star of Energy Award from the Alliance to Save Energy, one of the highest national awards for outstanding work in the area of energy conservation.
Each year, Black Enterprise, the pre-eminent publication for black entrepreneurship and wealth building, lists its ranking of the top black-owned businesses in the U.S. via its famed BE-100s. The list was recently released in Black Enterprise’s June 2014 edition of the magazine.
Companies on the list represent the best of the best in enterprise and innovation in industries including industrial/service, auto, advertising, and financial services. These companies are lead by some of the top talent in management, acquisitions and leadership.
Michigan Chronicle Honors SEEL CEO With a 2012 Men of Excellence Award
The Michigan Chronicle recently honored Mr. Louis E. James, president & CEO of SEEL (Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics) as a 2012 Man of Excellence. Nominated for this distinction by Michigan Chronicle readers for his success as a businessman, community activist, philanthropist and entrepreneur, James received the award at an exclusive reception held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit.
The Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award is bestowed upon African American men who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.
“The Michigan Chronicle celebrates men like Louis James for his contributions to the region, the community and the business world,” said Hiram E. Jackson, publisher of the newspaper. “Our goal is to shine a bright spotlight on these individuals so that others can be inspired by their example.”
In addition to heading SEEL and owning several other companies that service both the automotive and energy industries, James is a community and civic servant. He was recently appointed as Chairman of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. He also lends his experience and expertise as an active member of the Coleman A. Young Foundation, where he serves as a Board Trustee. And, he is the vice president of the Wayne County Sheriff Youth & Senior Education Fund, a civilian non-profit board of CEOs and community leaders that raises funds for crime prevention initiatives and services.
James is involved in many organizations, including: The National Association of Business Suppliers (NABS), the Minority Economic Resource Corporation (MERC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Detroit Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to name a few.
For more information about The Michigan Chronicle and its Men of Excellence Awards, visit www.michiganchronicle.com.
Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL) recently received the 2012 SER Metro Detroit Corporate Partnership Award. The award is bestowed upon corporations that support the vision and mission of SER Metro Detroit, which is to cultivate a qualified, skilled and adaptable workforce for metropolitan Detroit and the global economy.
SER, which stands for “Service, Employment, and Redevelopment,” works to give each consumer of services the resources needed to create a life of self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment. The company trains and places residents into unsubsidized employment in the private sector. It also provides employers with a diverse, qualified workforce.
Committed to supporting the communities it serves, working through SER, SEEL converts blue collar workers into green collar advocates who are committed to nurturing an energy efficient environment.
“It means a lot to me to receive the SER Metro Detroit Award,” said Louis James, president & CEO of SEEL. “Helping others is what SEEL is all about. Our company’s mission is to help residents save energy, but we also take pride in providing jobs and thereby impacting lives.”
Prominent Detroit Businessman Named Chairman of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority
The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority has a new chairman and is looking to become a key source of job growth in the next decade.
Detroit businessman Louis James was elected chairman recently by the Board of Directors, replacing Art Blackwell who has had a long history with the Port.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as the chairman of an entity that is positioned to play a pivotal part in the resurgence of Detroit,” said James. “As the new chairman I plan to facilitate the growth of business at our new dock and to continue reaching out to our port constituent businesses to provide help whenever necessary.”
James served as vice-chairman of the Port Authority for the past four years and on the board for the past eight years.
“We are excited to have Louis James as our new chairman,” said John Jamian, the port’s executive director. “Louis is a prominent Detroit businessman who shares our vision of public service and business growth at Michigan’s International Port of Detroit.”
The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority has jurisdiction along the Detroit River and supports all of its port constituent companies with a myriad of government programs, grants and assistance.
James will lead the efforts to tell the port authority’s message to the region about how important the organization is for Michigan-based businesses and as the region’s emerging transportation authority.
“We think it is time to connect all of our multimodal components together to market our region,” Jamian said. “We know Louis James will lead us in these efforts.”
James brings a plethora of knowledge and experience in transportation and logistics to the position.
His business portfolio includes a diverse range of supply chain management services to the automotive industry, including inventory management, steel manufacturing and fulfillment services. He is the president and chief executive officer of Jasco International, a global logistics company, and Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL), an energy efficiency logistics company that recently won a national award – the coveted Andromeda Star of Energy Efficiency Award.
James won the award for the planning and execution of the largest, most effective energy savings program in the country that focuses on reaching lower and middle income neighborhoods. A Vietnam War Veteran, Mr. James is involved in various civic organizations including serving as vice president of the Wayne County Sheriff Youth and Senior Fund.
Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL) was awarded for its design and implementation of the largest, most effective energy savings program in the country that focuses on reaching lower and middle income neighborhoods. Called the Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach (NESO) program, SEEL – at no cost to residents – provides in-home energy consultation to DTE customers, showing them how to save energy and money.
SEEL, a national energy efficiency company, based in Detroit, Michigan, received the 2011 Andromeda Star of Energy Efficiency Award in Washington, D.C., at a black tie gala hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy. The award recognizes individuals and companies that have worked tirelessly to advance energy efficiency. Senator Hansen Clarke was on hand to bestow the award to Louis James, president and chief executive officer of SEEL.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Alliance to Save Energy,” said James. “Working with DTE on the NESO program has been productive and rewarding. Every day, we see real, measurable results in reducing energy costs for the people of Detroit. We reduced carbon emissions for the environment and moved more than 100 people from blue-collar to green collar jobs demonstrating that programs like this work.”
The program was started two years ago, in 2009, when DTE Energy hired SEEL to implement an energy efficiency program for electric and natural gas customers in multi-family and commercial properties. Last year, DTE Energy approached SEEL to develop and administer an innovative and ambitious pilot program to target customers with low energy efficiency program participation and customer satisfaction ratings.
The program is built on rigorous community outreach that goes directly into homes to raise awareness about conserving energy. SEEL professionals conduct in-home energy analysis and consultation of lighting, weatherization, appliances, consumer electronics, and HVAC systems. Based on recommendations, highly trained crews install energy saving products and procedures, servicing more than 2,500 customers per month.
DTE Energy’s manager of Energy Optimization, David Henderson, commented in an interview that SEEL’s program has positively impacted energy conservation throughout the city.
“The NESO program has enabled us to work with our customers to save money and reduce energy use citywide,” said Henderson. “We are proud of the impact this program has had on such a large number of people and our partnership with SEEL to deliver the results.”