Company & industry news presented
by Mickey Truck Bodies
17 July 2019

For products, parts or service:

800-334-9061
archive-banner.jpg
Home » Mickey Spirit

Mickey hires an ‘ace’ to lead parts team

Josh Campbell

HIGH POINT, NC — JUNE 2019 – Josh Campbell has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Manager of the Parts Team, reporting directly to Tom Arland, VP Corp. Sales/Fleet Services & Aftermarket Parts. Rocky Barham, Herb White and Matt McSwain report to Josh.

Prior to Mickey, Josh was Damage Estimator/Outside Sales with Ace Truck Body & Trailer Repair, a family-owned, full-service truck and trailer service operation in Norcross, GA specializing in engine and body repair and painting of tractor-trailer and medium-size trucks. He joined Ace in 2009 as Trailer Repair Technician and also served as Workorder Representative and Parts Room Manager.

“Josh has managed every facet of parts and services operations for truck bodies, trailers and engines,” says Tom. “He has extensive knowledge of all heavy-duty trailers, trucks and body manufacturers, including Mickey, Great Dane, Wabash, Kentucky Manufacturing, Morgan and Supreme.”

Full Story

3 companies, 1 goal and ‘no complaints whatsoever’

Linde van body before and after Mickey touch.

The slogan on the side of a 26-foot Linde Healthcare van body reads: “Your care – Our inspiration.” The truck needed some “care” of its own recently when a roadside obstruction ripped a gash half the length of the unit on the passenger side.

A call from FleetNet America, The Linde Group’s fleet maintenance company based in Cherryville, NC, was all the “inspiration” the Mickey’s MidAtlantic Fleet Services team needed to spring into action and repair the body to like-new condition in the timeliest fashion.

“There was great communication between Linde, Mickey and FleetNet throughout the entire process, from beginning to end,” says Tom Ridings, Account Representative for FleetNet. “Individually, each company worked prudently to reach the same end goal, which was to get the truck back on the road as quickly as possible and looking like it was never damaged.”

This was not the first time FleetNet and Mickey worked together for a mutual customer. Mickey Trucks Bodies is a major supplier of new equipment to the Linde Group. “I have worked with Mickey on various projects over the past several years, including new builds and upfits as well as repairs and warranty work on units already in service,” says Tom. “Kyle and Larry have always taken good care of us. They are super-efficient and professional. No complaints whatsoever.”

(Editor’s note: Kyle McLaughlin is the General Manager of Mickey’s MidAtlantic Fleet Services Center in Thomasville, NC, and Larry Jacobs is Mickey’s Customer Service Manager in High Point, NC.)
Linde Healthcare, a global leader in respiratory healthcare, is a business unit of The Linde Group, a leading industrial gases and engineering company.
Full Story

‘Doing more, better’

Mickey’s Clay Hall, Liftgates Manager.

In its April 2019 issue, Trailer/Body Builders magazine (TBB) ran a feature story on Mickey Truck Bodies’ new liftgate installation facility at the company’s manufacturing complex in High Point, NC, under the banner headline: “Doing more, Better.”

In his article, TBB Editor Kevin Jones noted, “Everything about the new liftgate facility is geared toward improving efficiency.” Kevin spent a day touring the Mickey complex, talking with several key people during that time, including Dean Sink (Mickey Executive Chairman), Tom Arland (VP Corp. Sales/Fleet Services & Aftermarket Parts), Clay Hall (Liftgates Manager) and Kyle McLaughlin (MidAtlantic Fleet Services General Manager).

The 20,000-sq-ft liftgate installation facility is located on a 13-acre site that’s now part of Mickey’s manufacturing complex. It houses a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation. Liftgates are one of the most popular accessories on Mickey’s truck bodies, and Mickey is an authorized installer for all major liftgate brands.

Click HERE to view the entire story from the April 2019 issue of TBB.
Full Story

A story with a story book ending

Randolph, NC Mobile Library.

The Randolph County (NC) Emergency Services donated a “retired” ambulance body mounted on a 2011 Chevrolet G4500 diesel truck to the Randolph Public Library, and Mickey Fleet Services (MidAtlantic) turned it into a colorful Mobile Library complete with new body and custom upfit.

The new bookmobile box measures 14 feet long, 8 feet wide and 7.5 feet high. Bookshelves line each side with lower shelves in the form of mobile carts that can be detached and used outside of the vehicle. An awning can be extended from the passenger side for shelter. Besides books, the mobile library also carries other equipment for support activities.

Interior of Mobile Library.

The Randolph Public Library is initially deploying the Mobile Library to summer school lunch sites and daycare venues in conjunction with the summer reading program. The vehicle will also be seen at festivals and parades around the county. “In many cases, the children who will be reached are in households where books are a luxury,” according to Ross Holt, Director of the Randolph County Public Library system.

Mickey’s MidAtlantic Mickey Fleet Services center is located in Thomasville, NC.
Full Story

Tucker’s Takes: Good news

By Mike Tucker, Mickey President 

Mike Tucker

Publicity is great. It’s free advertising, right? Like the story about our liftgate facility in the April 2019 issue of Trailer/Body Builder magazine. Kevin Jones, the magazine’s editor, did a very thorough job of touring our complex here in High Point. He looked under every stone, in every nook and cranny. He talked to several of our Mickey teammates and asked good questions. And he got it right. He accurately and objectively captured the essence of our liftgate installation plant in his story. It’s all about quality, craftsmanship, efficiency and pride. And it’s well-deserved recognition for Clay Hall, our Liftgates Manager, and his entire team in the liftgates plant. Please read Kevin’s story (click HERE).

Sometimes, you don’t need publicity just to feel good about the work you do or the company you work for. The story about the new Randolph, NC Mobile Library appeared in several newspapers in the Piedmont part of the state, and the story was always about the books and the kids and the rolling library. Like Kevin Jones at TBB, these newspapers were spot on with their coverage. The story was never about Mickey. But it did feel pretty good to see photos of that Mobile Library in all the papers, and knowing that we had a little something to do with bringing books to people who read – and need – them.
Full Story

Mickey Truck Bodies introduces Mickey Fleet Services

HIGH POINT, NC — APRIL 17, 2019 – For over 35 years Mickey Truck Bodies has provided high-quality repair and refurbishing services for commercial fleets throughout the U.S.

“We continue to expand into all aspects of fleet services, including reconditions, repairs, upfits, overhauls and sales – no job is too large or too small, and virtually all transportation equipment falls within our experience and expertise,” says Mike Tucker, Mickey Truck Bodies’ President & CEO. “Now we are introducing Mickey Fleet Services – a one-stop fleet services company, under the Mickey Truck Bodies umbrella, dedicated to helping our customers keep their fleets on the road, looking great and making money.”

Mickey Fleet Services operates company-owned Regional Centers in NC, IL, FL and NJ. The Centers are staffed by experienced technicians and mechanics. In addition to the company-owned Centers, Mickey has partnered with authorized repair facilities from coast to coast. Mickey Truck Bodies also owns and operates a 20,000-sq-ft liftgate installation plant with 15 bays at its manufacturing complex in High Point, NC.

“For 115 years, Mickey Truck Bodies has been the most trusted family brand in the truck body and trailer business. Now, with Mickey Fleet Services, customers can count on us for even more,” says Tucker.

Full Story

Repair pro is pro AEV/Mickey … period

An AEV ambulance body … “the most structurally sound in the industry, by far.”

Joe Sebbio, the owner of Salem, OH-based Mobile Automotive Repair Service, has successfully repaired so many ambulances over the past 40 years he can hardly keep track. But the unit he was most impressed with was one that could not be repaired.

It was a 1997 AEV mobile intensive care unit upfitted from a Mickey Truck Bodies module and mounted on a Freightliner FL60. The vehicle rolled over taking a curve at a high rate of speed while on route to a patient pick-up. The unit was still on its roof when Joe arrived at the scene.

The insurance company “totaled” the vehicle “due to the extensive damage to the chassis. It was twisted beyond practical repair,” Joe explains. “When the truck was righted, I had the opportunity to inspect it thoroughly and was truly amazed to find that every door on the body opened as though no accident had occurred. They weren’t even out of square.”

After completely removing all interior cabinetry, flooring and wiring, Joe found “only two broken welds,” both in the left rear upper corner where the module first struck the ground. The body was still perfectly mounted to the chassis. “I’ve seen other ambulance brands that have met the same fate and looked as though there had been an explosion in the module. Some of those brands actually had the module body glued and screwed together. An AEV ambulance body built by Mickey is, in my opinion, absolutely the best designed, constructed and longest lasting in the industry … period. I’ve serviced more than 16 different brands of ambulances and none of those have come anywhere near the build quality of AEV and Mickey. It speaks to excellent partnership between these two companies. They never lock horns in engineering. They work together to build a great product for the customer, whether the order is for a single unit or an entire fleet.”

The quality of the rolled-over unit is no fluke, Joe stresses. He currently maintains a near-identical 2000 AEV/Mickey/Freightliner FL60 ambulance with 311,000 miles. “The body is nearly as tight as it was when it was new,” he says. “There has never been an alignment problem with any of the doors, no broken welds and the paint is even in excellent condition considering the damaging liquid brine and salt used on the Ohio roads in winter. AEV emergency vehicles are the most structurally sound in the industry, by far.”

Full Story

Moving truck ‘beautiful’ again after repairs

Rear door frame before and after the Mickey touch.

Like all agents for North American Van Lines, Bloomington Relocation Systems (BRS), an award-winning central Illinois moving company, has a reputation for delivering “what we promise: a smooth, easy, personalized moving experience. “We take our commitments very seriously,” says Kelly Lembke, BRS President.

So, it makes sense that the company would trust all its aftermarket service and repair work to the Mickey Fleet Services Center in Bloomington, IL.

“They consistently do a nice job for us, they are dependable,” says Kelly. “We have all of the trailers we buy go into their shop for a repaint and a facelift before they even go in service.”

Recently one of the BRS moving trucks was “topped off’ under an overpass, causing significant damage to the rear door frame, roof rails and roof bows, and roof.

“They did what they promised, and it’s a beautiful job,” says Kelly. “You cannot tell what happened to the truck at all.”

“The collision took out half the truck’s roof rail and clipped the rear door frame,” explains Mike Parker, General Manager of Mickey’s Midwest Fleet Services Center in Bloomington. “It was a major repair, including new paint and decals. It was important to Kelly that she get her truck back in operation as soon as possible, and that it upheld its professional North American Van Lines brand image. That made it important to us.”

Full Story

Samaritan’s Purse chooses Mickey to aid in disasters

Samaritan’s Purse body by Mickey.

When disaster strikes, it’s always comforting – and sometimes lifesaving – to have a Good Samaritan nearby. Eighteen times last year Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization based in Boone, NC, was on the scene providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of various natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ice storms and wildfires.

Samaritan’s Purse mobile disaster recovery teams and equipment are strategically placed at partner support churches throughout the nation so they can respond quickly and efficiently to natural disasters. “We want to reach the people who need help as quickly as possible and get them cleaned up, back on their feet and back into their homes,” says Luther Harrison, Vice President of Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries.

Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm that devastated the Florida Panhandle last October, was the first time a Mickey van body was deployed by a Samaritan’s Purse disaster recovery team. The organization took delivery on 20 of the Mickey units last year and has 20 more in the pipeline. Before the Mickey units, Samaritan’s Purse rented vans from local dealers. “Now were deploying trucks with our own brand in full display and fully upfitted and equipped with the tools we need to get to work,” says Luther, singling out generators, tarps, chain saws, shovels as some of the necessities for disaster recovery efforts. “All of our spending is with donated funds, and the rentals were a significant amount of money. Rental companies don’t discount. Forrest worked with us in our competitive bidding process so that we could purchase our own bodies. Any of our volunteers who have their hands on one of our trucks know that they have, in some way, helped in the relief effort.”

[Forrest Howard is Mickey Truck Bodies’ Van Sales Account Manager. Samaritan’s Purse is required to solicit three bids prior to making a purchase.)

The Samaritan’s Purse 12-ft Mickey bodies are mounted on Ford Transit 350s with four tires on the rear axle, two on each side. The customer designed a special “walk-up” bumper that enables the volunteers to lift heavy items out of the back without having to lean over a conventional step bumper, Forrest explains. A synthetic floor with drain holes, custom-formed scuff liners and Kemply walls allow for the inside of the body to be easily cleaned following disaster recovery. The bodies are upfitted with undermount stainless toolboxes help to keep fuel and other combustible items separate.

“We’re looking forward to these trucks lasting a long time,” says Luther. “We’re happy to be working with Mickey – another North Carolina company. We know they’ll be close by if we need them.”

Full Story
Mickey Engineered Vehicles

Contact Us

Tom Arland, Beverage/Engineered Vehicles/Van Bodies

Sales
800-334-961

Steve Mason, Midwest

Sales
336-210-6133

Gary Remley, Northeast

Sales
203-312-0136

Dane Meyer, Southwest, West Coast

Sales
336-402-9548

Todd Holm, Southeast

Sales
336-880-8380

Drew Aloisi, National Accounts

Sales
336-880-9972

Forrest Howard, Vans/Vending

Sales
336-803-3387

Rocky Barham, Parts

Parts
800-334-9061

Kyle McLaughlin, Mid-Atlantic

Fleet Services
800-334-9061

Steve McLaughlin, Northeast

Fleet Services
800-938-5181

Robert Badely, Southeast

Fleet Services
800-276-5891

Mike Parker, Midwest

Fleet Services
800-791-6965

Larry Jacobs, High Point

Customer Support
336-888-2218

Tim Davis, High Point

Media Relations
203-564-3913