Blayne Henderson is COO and co-founder of Encore Container. After departing from his role as president at Innovative Container under the BB&T ownership, Henderson founded Coast Apparel in 2008 and served as the organization's CEO.
While at Innovative Container, Henderson helped establish the Innovative Container trucking business with a competitive, yet simple, strategy - providing customers with a lower cost and better, faster service. In his Vice President of Operations role, Henderson spent a great deal of time addressing the challenges of growth. He was responsible for logistics - securing trucks, materials, and machinery to keep the plant up and running and operating efficiently. As trucks were dispatched to retrieve drums, Henderson was responsible for backhauling these trucks, directly contributing to the bottom line and lowering expenses.
In addition to managing personnel and the logistics program, Henderson has vast experience in plastic machinery and has personally designed and overseen production for numerous pieces of molding, tote cleaning, and wastewater equipment. This background is significant contributor to Encore Container, giving the company a competitive edge, allowing them to manage environmental issues, and reducing the cost of production. As DHEC and the sewer authority arrive for quarterly sampling and annual inspections, Henderson is responsible for managing the ever-changing dynamics of wastewater and ensuring the company passes with flying colors to prevent fines and violations. Henderson also created a process to significantly reduce the volume of wastewater that the company discharges by reusing much of it over and over - again contributing to the bottom line.
Prior to working with Innovative Container, Henderson worked for Russell Stanley for seven years, starting as a part-time laborer and working his way up the ladder through six positions to become the Corporate Quality Manager for three plants. His experience at Russell Stanley included learning the basics of drum and tote recycling and the fundamentals of soap, pressure washing, and machinery operations. Henderson them progressed to guiding a group of five people on one production line to produce maximum throughput and then lastly to manage teams of people at multiple locations. This experience laid the groundwork and served as a rock-solid base for Henderson's future career at Encore Container.