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Lay’s body a hit at PepsiCo Fleet Summit

Mickey’s Drew Aloisi (right) discusses the benefits of the new Lay’s van body.

APRIL 2018 – PepsiCo fleet supervisors, managers and field personnel who attended the soft drink and snack food giant’s Technical Training Summit last month in Arlington, TX took time out from their class schedules to visit with all the vendors who support the Pepsi and Frito-Lay brands. Mickey Truck Bodies was one of the more popular stops on the Arlington Convention Hall exhibit floor.

“This conference is much different than others because it’s focused on distribution of the PepsiCo and Frito Lay brands specifically,” says Tom Arland, Mickey’s Vice President of  Sales. “Our booth was very active because we have a strong relationship with both brands. Our new Lay’s Potato Chips van body, mounted on a Peterbilt truck and on display at the Peterbilt booth, drew a steady crowd throughout the show. Many of the PepsiCo and Frito-Lay employees thoroughly inspected the truck and really liked what they saw.”

2. The Mickey booth drew a steady flow of PepsiCo fleet managers during the Technical Training Summit in Texas.

Lay’s is one of the marquee brands of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division. In addition to the Lay’s Potato Chip truck (pictured), Mickey is also producing bodies for the Tostitos, Lay’s Wavy, Doritos and Ruffles brands. “Mickey Truck Bodies is excited to be building these 30-foot bodies to carry all of the prestigious Frito-Lay brands,” says Tom.

Vendors were challenged to attend the show “with new ideas and products that will support the requirements of PepsiCo into the future,” says Tom. “There was a great deal of interest in the power equipment at the show, particularly our 30-foot van body set-up for product delivery.”

Mickey has been building bodies and trailers for PepsiCo and its bottlers around the world for more than 50 years.

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ROUSH CleanTech gets EPA nod for autogas fuel system

ROUSH CleanTech (LIVONIA, MI) is the first propane autogas fuel system manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s and California Air Resources Board’s heavy duty-onboard diagnostics certification for all its engines. Until 2018 model year, alternative fuel vehicles had been exempt from this certification, but are now held to the same requirements as gasoline vehicles.

ROUSH CleanTech and Mickey have collaborated on a range of propane-powered trucks for many customers across several industries.

Vehicles powered by a fuel other than gasoline or diesel should no longer be considered alternative,” says ROUSH CleanTech President Todd Mouw. “As shown by the regulatory agencies decisions to require all fuels in its HD-OBD certification, propane autogas and others like compressed natural gas are moving into the mainstream.”

This HD-OBD certification applies to all vehicles over 14,000 lbs GVWR. The onboard monitors will now track and report out the continuing compliance of the emissions performance of the vehicle, as they have since 2016 for gasoline vehicles. Passenger cars and light-duty vehicles have come equipped with onboard diagnostic systems since the 1990s.

All of ROUSH CleanTech’s propane autogas-fueled vehicles with Ford 6.8L 2V and 3V engines, including medium-duty fleet vehicles, are covered under the CARB HD-OBD certification. The 3V engine is also the first and only propane autogas engine available in class 4-7 vehicles certified to the optional low nitrogen oxide level of 0.05 g/bhp-hr.

ROUSH CleanTech and Mickey Truck Bodies have collaborated on a range of propane-powered Ford trucks with Mickey beverage and van bodies for many different customers across several industries. To better support this growing demand, approximately 60 MY2018 F-650/750 chassis have been positioned at Mickey Truck Bodies’ manufacturing complex in High Point, NC to address any chassis/body needs throughout the transition to MY2019.

The ROUSH CleanTech fuel system offers fleet managers lower emissions and fuel costs without sacrificing performance or ease of ownership. With emission standards continuing to tighten, alternative fuels technologies offer a more cost effective and cleaner option.


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Safety is a team sport at Mickey

PBS participants attend quarterly luncheon.

A ramped up team-wide focus on safety has helped push the Mickey record for consecutive days without a lost-time accident to 353 as of press time, an all-time high, according to Josh Soto, Safety & Quality Manager.

The linchpin of Mickey’s stellar safety performance is its PBS campaign (People Based Safety), a peer-to-peer at-risk observation program where hourly team member observe each other’s work habits, processes and environment. “Their focus is to identify at-risk behaviors, then discuss the findings with their teammates,” Josh explains. “At any given time, we have 30 team members combing the campus, looking at every job task. This added focus on safety is one of the many reasons we are now celebrating 353 days since out last lost-time accident.”

PBS participants who complete an observation every working day of the month qualify for a quarterly drawing of 15 $100 gift cards.

In addition to PBS, Mickey teammates conduct daily safety audits on designated work areas to identify potential safety hazards.

“We’re always looking at new and innovative ways improve safety, and our most successful programs are the ones that engage everyone to be responsible for their own safety and the safety of their teammates,” says Josh.

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A ‘moving’ experience

Mike Parker, General Manager of Mickey’s Midwest Reconditioning & Service in Bloomington, IL (at right in photo), speaks with attendees at the 2018 Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association Convention. “It was a great education for me to hear first hand Mickey Truck Bodies can best serve the needs of the moving companies in this market,” says Mike. Mickey’s four regional Reconditioning & Service Center (IL, NJ, NC, FL) handle everything from major overhauls to minor cosmetic repairs for all makes and models of moving bodies, as well as free on-site estimates and fleet appraisals. Click HERE for more information on Mickey’s reconditioning capabilities.

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Christmas in March? It’s a bonus.

Mickey CEO Dean “Santa” Sink announces a team bonus at a biscuit breakfast in March. “Great teams pull together to make great things happen – all year long,” Dean said. “Great companies,” he added, “engage with their employees to achieve 100% customer satisfaction through product and service quality and on-time deliveries. Thank you for making Mickey a great company.” Mickey execs Matt Sink (left) and Carl Mickey helped deliver the good news.

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Mickey pitches in to keep schools safe

Mickey’s Josh Soto (Safety & Quality Manager) recently participated in Balfour Elementary School’s (Asheboro, NC) WATCHDOG program to help keep kids safe at schools. The nationwide program, which focuses on schools that don’t have Resource Officers on premise, enlists Dads, Uncles, Brothers, Grandfathers and family friends to patrol the school grounds, meet with the classes and help get the students into the school and out to the busses without incident.

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In Sink: Committed to quality, always

By Dean Sink, Mickey President

Dean Sink

All of corporate America seems to be preoccupied with the dialog in Washington about the international tariff activity and potential trade war with China other countries. In our industry there is an even keener focus on what could happen if imported steel and aluminum were hit with additional taxes.

I don’t take the proposals lightly and I am not saying that tariffs will not impact our business, or yours. What I am saying is that at Mickey we will continue to control the things we can control. Things like teammate safety (see ‘Safety is a Team Sport’ article in this issue), product quality and innovation (see ‘Frito-Lay’ article in this issue), features that keep your drivers safe and your trucks on the road. We are aware and interested in the tariff talk, but our focus remains squarely on 100% customer satisfaction.

The cost of raw materials may impact our business and our industry, but it will never affect our commitment to 100% customer satisfaction in everything we do, and to ensuring that your best value in high quality delivery equipment comes from Mickey Truck Bodies. In that you can rest assured.

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Mike Tucker, Former VT Hackney CEO, Joins Mickey Truck Bodies

Mike Tucker

HIGH POINT, NC – JANUARY 22, 2018 – Mike Tucker, the former President & CEO of VT Hackney, Inc., and a 26-year veteran of the company, has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Executive Vice President, Strategic Growth & Business Development. He reports to Dean Sink, Mickey President &CEO.

In this newly created role, Tucker will work with Mickey’s Team Leaders and Senior Management to support the company’s ambitious objectives for growth, performance, operational and financial targets.

“We are in a period of tremendous growth at Mickey Truck Bodies, in all areas of operation, and our plans for future growth continue to be aggressive,” says Sink. “As an executive with proven experience, vision and leadership within our specific industry, Mike is uniquely qualified to help us maximize our business value and returns over extended periods of time and in all business cycles.”

Washington, NC-based VT Hackney is a manufacturer of specialized truck bodies and trailers serving food and beverage markets under the Hackney and Kidron brands. As President & CEO from 2007, Tucker held full P&L responsibility for the business and oversaw facilities in four states (NC/OH/PA/KS) with approximately 750 employees. He joined Hackney in 1990 as Manager of Manufacturing Strategy and advanced through the company as Director of Operations, Director of Marketing & New Business Development, and President & COO of the Hackney Division. Tucker is a graduate of Duke University.

Mickey Truck Bodies has been privately owned and operated by the Mickey family since the company was started in High Point, NC in 1904. Today Mickey is the premier manufacturer of state-of-the-art delivery equipment and specially-engineered vehicles sold in over 50 countries around the world. The products are prevalent in industries such as food & beverage, vending, battery, oil & natural gas, data storage, propane, medical & rescue, moving & storage, furniture. Mickey operates a total of 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space among 6 separate locations (High Point and Thomasville, NC; Bloomington, IL; Ocala, FL; Freehold NJ; and Berwick, PA.)

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Mickey Truck Bodies to hire up to 50 employees to meet corporate growth

HIGH POINT, NC – JANUARY 22, 2018 – Mickey Truck Bodies has announced that it will hire up to 50 new employees during the first quarter of 2018 to meet production demands for its line of delivery bodies and trailers and specially-engineered vehicles. Many of these jobs will be in its recently opened liftgate installation facility in High Point, adjacent to the company’s main manufacturing and office complex on Trinity Ave.

The new facility was opened in October 2017 and houses a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation. The van body business is one of Mickey’s fastest growing segments, and liftgates are one of the most popular accessories on these types of vehicles. Mickey expects to triple van body production within the next couple of years.

“Many of our customer industries are moving more toward using liftgates for driver safety and productivity,” says Dean Sink, Mickey President. “They are viable delivery accessories whether you are delivering dry goods, food, beverages – virtually any product or packaged good that comes off a truck.” In 2018 the company expects to install 5,000 liftgates at it new High Point facility. Mickey is an authorized installer for all major liftgate brands.

The majority of new hires will be experienced aluminum and steel welders, liftgate installers and line-assembly operators responsible for producing Van Body components and assembling the components into completed truck bodies and trailers.

“We offer a very competitive hourly wage and a superior benefits package that includes medical, 401k match, and incentives for safety, quality and attendance,” says Sink. “We have welders here who are earning as much as $50,000 to $60,000 annually. We have a very low turnover rate. Over 40% of our 400-plus full-time Mickey teammates have been with the company for at least 5 years, and 30% have been here for 10 years or more.”

Mickey Truck Bodies is the premier manufacturer of state-of-the-art delivery equipment and specially-engineered vehicles sold in over 50 countries around the world. The products are prevalent in industries such as food & beverage, vending, battery, oil & natural gas, data storage, propane, medical & rescue, moving & storage, furniture.

Mickey operates a total of 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space among 6 separate locations (High Point and Thomasville, NC; Bloomington, IL; Ocala, FL; Freehold NJ; and Berwick, PA.

Mickey Truck Bodies was named to the 2017 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® (NC100), which ranks the state’s largest private companies by revenue.

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