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David Perry promoted; leads purchasing and costing teams

JULY/AUGUST 2018 – David Perry has been promoted to Director of Purchasing & Product Costing for Mickey Truck Bodies, a newly created position. He joined the company in 2012 as a Senior Buyer and advanced to Purchasing & Materials Manager, his most recent role. He continues reporting to Matt Sink, VP Corporate Operations.

David is now responsible for the Purchasing Team as well as the Cost Accounting & Product Pricing Team. “With over 30 years’ experience in purchasing and materials, starting in 1989 as an Inventory Control Analyst, David is uniquely qualified to provide the necessary guidance in driving the accuracy of our Bills of Materials BOM) while improving our material costs and product pricing,” says Matt. He will also work closely with Mickey’s leadership team to identify and evaluate other strategic opportunities for cost savings and margin improvements.

David Perry and Larry  Henson

In addition, Larry Henson has been promoted to Associate Cost Accounting Manager. He spent the last 5 years on the Purchasing Team, most recently as Associate Purchasing Manager. “Larry has done an excellent job moving from Engineering to Purchasing, and his experience and success in both areas has positioned him for great success in his new role in costing,” according to Matt.

Debra DiEdwardo has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as a Purchasing Agent, reporting to David. Debra has a successful track record in both sales and procurement in aerospace manufacturing. Prior to Mickey she was Supply Chain Manager with Beta Fueling Systems LLC, an aviation refueling equipment manufacturer based in Reidsville, NC, where she was the lead buyer for critical hardware. Before that Debra spend 7 years with Honda Aero, Inc., in Burlington, NC, as the Strategic Lead and Technical Buyer for the HF120 engine, a GE/Honda joint venture.

Andy Cutright and Jarrett Floyd, both Purchasing Agents, continue reporting to David as part of the Purchasing Team. Larry, Mike Johnston and Kathy Hill now report to David on the Cost Accounting & Product Pricing Team.

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Jimmy Hiatt retires after 32 years with Mickey

Jimmy Hiatt (left) is congratulated by Mickey CEO on his 30th anniversary with the company in 2016.

Jim “Jimmy” Hiatt has retired from Mickey Truck Bodies after a stellar 32-year career in sales, which began in 1986 as Territory Sales Manager in the then-fledgling Van Body “Division.” He was promoted to Vice President Sales for the Van & Vending Team in 1995, and during his tenure Mickey expanded from its original dry freight line to include refrigerated and full-service vending bodies, and also became a major manufacturer of moving bodies.

“I’ve been working with Jimmy and Mickey for 20 plus years and it has been a positive experience right from the start,” says George Hirn, President of Hirn Truck Distribution in Maspeth, NY. “Jimmy brought a southern flair to the New York market. It’s a different market, a more rigid market, and Jimmy was a fresh face with an engaging personality. Of course, it helped that he brought a great product along with him. I introduced him to many of the major players and he immediately broke down walls with his style. It has been my pleasure working with Jimmy Hiatt and Mickey Truck Bodies.”

“Jimmy played a pivotal role in helping Mickey grow into the company it is today, says Dean Sink, Mickey President. “He has always represented our company and our products accurately and professionally in providing the best value and most efficient delivery solutions to our customers. Jimmy took our van body business from a local position to a national presence. Some of the most popular brands in America are now delivered on a Mickey van body.”

“Selling the Mickey brand has been an honor for two reasons – the quality of our products and our 100 percent dedication to our customers,” says Jimmy.

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Mickey makes front page news in PA

Story about Mickey’s Berwick, PA plant appeared on front page of local newspaper.

The PRESS ENTERPRISE daily newspaper in Berwick, PA featured Mickey Truck Bodies on page one “above the fold” in a feature story detailing the company’s growth and plans for expansion in the northeastern U.S.

Mickey’s van body plant opened last year just outside Berwick to serve the growing Northeast market with its custom-built dry freight van bodies. The facility is primarily building bodies for Enterprise Truck Rental, one of its largest customers. Currently the Mickey PA plant employs 18 full-time team members but is aggressively recruiting new members to keep up with a more ambitious production schedule. In August Mickey Berwick held a Job Fair at its plant that was attended by about 30 job seekers from all backgrounds and most with prior manufacturing experience, including “some really good prospects,” says David Bohannon, Production Supervisor at the Berwick plant.

Within three years Mickey plans to have 50 full-time team members at the Berwick facility producing up to 50 truck bodies per week.

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Safety first – then seconds on pizza

The Mickey Truck Bodies Team recently celebrated a company-record 410 straight accident-free days with a lunch-time pizza party at its High Point manufacturing campus.

In photo, Mickey CEO Dean Sink (left) and VP Matt Sink model the tee-shirt that all employees received to commemorate the milestone.

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Mickey is a regular stop on leadership tour

Mickey VP Matt Sink addresses 2018 Class of Leadership High Point during tour of the Mickey plant.

The Leadership High Point (NC) Class, a Chamber of Commerce program that offers participants “insider” access to top-level business, civic and government leaders, recently toured Mickey Truck Bodies’ manufacturing complex in High Point as part of its 2018 curriculum.

Established in 1982, Leadership High Point is a 10-month program of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce that transforms actively engaged citizens and leaders into community champions and ambassadors. The average class size each year is 45 participants from a wide range of industries, organizations, companies and positions.

“Mickey Truck Bodies originally joined the High Point Chamber in 1955, and it is a wonderful family-owned and -operated company that is a true partner in the High Point community,” says Megan Oglesby, Manager of Leadership & Member Engagement for the High Point Chamber. “Our Leadership class first visited Mickey in 2016 and the feedback from the participants was so positive we had to make the company a staple in the program. Mickey’s leadership always does a fantastic job explaining and illustrating the operations of the company. We value Mickey Truck Bodies not only for the jobs it provides in our community but also for the true partner it is in making High Point a great place to live, work and play.”

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In-Sink: A very good place to work

Dean Sink

By Dean Sink, Mickey President
The shortest story in this issue of The Mickey Spirit might be the most telling about the kind of company we are: “Safety first.” Imagine a company in the heavy manufacturing industry going 410 straight days without a lost-time accident. That’s unheard of unless, of course, you’re Mickey Truck Bodies. We work here in a safety-first environment; teammate safety is our No. 1 priority and we mean it.

Safety-first has a great rippling effect throughout the company. Our teammates come to work every day and work safely and efficiently and that helps us maintain high levels of productivity. When we are productive our workmanship is excellent and that drives quality. When we have a full work force every day we can keep up with schedules and our customers get their trucks where and when they need them.

We offer a safe, clean work environment. We offer excellent benefits and pay. We take care of our teammates. And they take care of us. They stick around; some, like Jimmy Hiatt, for as long as 32 years. Some even longer. In those 32 years Jimmy helped build Mickey into a national brand in the van body marketplace, where before van bodies were a stepchild of our flagship sideload body and trailer business. David Perry has been with Mickey for all of 6 years, and he is well on his way to establishing his legacy by making us better at buying, costing and pricing.

We have very good people here at Mickey. That’s because we’re a very good place to work.

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Corporate reorg improves efficiency, innovation

Matt Sink (left) and Noel DiBona

JUNE 2018 — Mickey Truck Bodies has reorganized two key responsibilities to improve its operational performance and efficiency, while at the same time sharpening its focus on product and process innovation and creativity.

Matt Sink, VP Corporate Operations, will now oversee the Engineering Team, and Noel DiBona, previously responsible for Engineering, has moved into the newly-created position of Vice President, Innovation. Both Matt and Noel will continue reporting directly to Dean Sink, President & CEO. Sean Gilboy, Beverage/EV Product Manager, and Brandon Miller, Van Product/MEV Manager, now report directly to Matt. Nick Pfeifer, Sr. Product Development Engineer, will continue reporting to Noel.

“By restructuring the Engineering Team under Matt, he now has oversight for the company’s total product operations,” says Dean. “This move will improve the operational efficiencies and productivity of each team and improve the communications between all the teams.

“Innovation will drive Mickey to the next level of excellence within the truck body and trailer manufacturing industry,” adds Dean. “In his new role, Noel will lead our efforts in finding new ways to help Mickey and its customers improve productivity and profitability.”

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School’s in at Mickey’s ‘Manufacturing Day’

(From left) Mickey’s Kyle McLaughlin, Josh Soto and Tim Hullett talk to students from East Davidson High School.

Mickey Truck Bodies teamed up this spring with Thomas Bus and Old Dominion to host students from three local high schools that offer a curriculum dedicated to manufacturing and whose students are interested in a vocational track such as welding. Dubbed “Manufacturing Day,” the students heard about career opportunities in manufacturing from company personnel and toured each of the facilities, all based in High Point.

Approximately 30 students from each school – East Davidson High School, High Point Central and Randleman High – participated in the day’s events. “We wanted to give these students the opportunity to see a manufacturing environment in action, and hopefully make a connection with future Mickey teammates,” says Tim Hullett, Mickey’s Manufacturing Training Manager.

“Our goal for this program and the visits to Mickey, Thomas and Old Dominion was to enlighten our students to the opportunities available to them for good jobs – good paying jobs – with fine companies once they graduate from high school,” says Danny Byerly, Welding Instructor at East Davidson High School.

“When you walk through our plants and campus you see all this amazing equipment and technology,” Tim told the groups. “That helps us create all of the bodies and trailers you see here – trucks that deliver beverages and batteries. Bodies that become ambulances. You see the Frito-Lay trucks with beautiful graphics. But it takes more than technology to create these products. It takes human skill sets and dedication. And we are always looking for qualified people to join the Mickey Team.”

Kyle McLaughlin, a Mickey Vice President, urged the students to take the day seriously – “This is not a day off from school,” he said. “This is an important step in understanding the opportunities you have ahead of you and what you can be preparing for as you continue on your vocational track. Great welders can earn a great living. Stay in school. Pay attention to your instructors. Take it all in. You will be grateful you did when it’s time to go to work.”

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Industry events foster knowledge sharing

Tom Arland

To help stay ahead of the trendlines within its customer industries and remain top-of-mind with fleet owners and operators, The Mickey Truck Bodies’ Sales Team attends many national, regional and company-specific conventions and conferences throughout the year.

“Any gathering of our customers and prospects presents a great learning opportunity for us,” says Tom Arland, Mickey’s Corporate VP of Sales. “Companies use these venues to discuss not only their current needs and concerns, but also to talk about the future of their businesses. At the same time, we get first-hand feedback on our product lines as well as ideas for new features and options. If an industry event is important enough for our customers to be there, it’s important enough for Mickey to be there, with our brand in prominent display.”

 In 2018 Mickey will be represented at a total of 17 conventions and conferences. This issue of The Mickey Spirit focuses on three of the most recent meetings.  

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