July 17, 2007 08:00 ET

DCA Creates Joseph C. Rutzky Scholarship as Tribute to Great Man & Leader

Endowment Fund to Be Administered by IWLA Education and Research Foundation

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - Affectionately known as "Uncle Joe," Joseph C. Rutzky worked for over 70 years in the warehousing and food industries, and was actively working in the warehouse business when he passed away at 88. Joe loved the warehouse business, and was a great mentor to many that came into or grew up in the industry. He loved his customers, and loved sales. The consummate gentleman, "Uncle Joe" readily and enthusiastically shared with anyone that asked for or needed help. Joe had a genuine fondness for his "kids" that he helped throughout his long and distinguished career.

A founder of DCA, Joe Rutzky provided leadership for many years. His companies were long-time members of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA). He was deeply committed to his industry's trade association, a past member of the IWLA Board of Directors and the recipient of multiple awards and honors during his long, distinguished and productive career.

As a tribute to "Uncle Joe's" love for the warehouse industry, and the absolute joy that he got out of helping people in their sales effort, DCA has established the Joseph C. Rutzky Scholarship Fund to be administered by the IWLA Education and Research Foundation. The Joseph C. Rutzky Scholarship Fund is to be used for covering the cost of the annual Sales and Marketing Course fee for an individual(s) whose company is a new member joining the IWLA. DCA intends that the scholarship fund will provide an ongoing mentoring program in the sales area that Joe loved so much, so that his influence will continue to be felt by those entering the business for years to come.

DCA provided the funds to launch the endowment and requests that any company or individual that would like to join in this tribute to "Uncle Joe," please send checks to the "IWLA Education and Research Foundation" for the Joseph C. Rutzky Scholarship Fund. The donation is tax deductible. Our goal is to develop an endowment that will enable IWLA to provide several scholarships each year.

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For nearly 20 years, Distribution Centers of America (DCA) has been recognized for service excellence throughout its national network of member companies, together comprising more than 12 million square feet of warehouse space. Individually owned and operated, each member of TeamDCA is a leader in its regional market, providing value-added warehousing and third party logistics services responsive to the needs of global companies and committed to customer success in that region. For more information, visit

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