A&R Logistics, a Louisville, Ky.-based packaging and distribution concern, has added John Barrett to its leadership roster as a strategic consultant. Barrett recently retired from his post as global supply chain general manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

Barrett brings to the table years of polyethylene supply chain experience says A&R Chief Executive Officer Mark R. Holden.

“We are thrilled to have someone of John’s expertise and character join our leadership team,” says Holden. “Having spent over 40 years working in the chemical industry, including responsibility over global transportation and logistics activities, polyethylene supply chain, import/export compliance, and distribution safety for one of the largest producers in the world, John is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities facing plastic resin producers. Plastic resin production is in the midst of dramatic growth in the United States, and A&R Logistics is the largest dry-bulk transporter of plastic resin in the country. We have spent the past several years preparing for this day and are seeing substantial strategic opportunities to participate in the chemical industry growth, both domestic and export. We welcome John to the team and look forward to his expertise in helping us grow.”

Barrett says he expects growth in the resin market to continue well into the next five to 10 years.

“I am very excited to collaborate with an organization such as A&R Logistics,” says Barrett. “As a former customer, I witnessed firsthand A&R’s commitment to safety and service for several years and, in my opinion, A&R is very well-positioned to participate in the significant growth of the chemical industry. This growth is just now coming online and will extend well into the next five to 10 years. I believe my experiences are well-aligned with A&R’s strategic goals.”