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Get out of the ‘box’ and into ‘The 21st Century’

The 21st Century

Mickey Truck Bodies, the leading manufacturer of high quality beverage bodies and trailers, has introduced the all new 21st Century trailer designed and built specifically for beverage delivery. The heavy-duty trailer configuration handles better, has a more modern appearance and lasts longer than conventional box trailers.

“The new 21st Century trailer is ideal for full-pallet delivery at the loading dock or street level, and its improved structural strength means a much longer lifecycle for our customers,” says Tom Arland, Corporate VP of Sales. “This design was engineered for the rugged duty applications that beverage distributors require. Current users of the trailer have experienced less trailer sway and say they expect greater fuel savings with the unit’s aerodynamic design. The rivetless aluminum side skins allow for clean decal application and an excellent rolling billboard impression.”

Mickey offers the 21 Century Trailer with several lift gate options. For more information on the new 21st Century Trailer from Mickey Truck Bodies, including features, options and dimensions, click HERE.

 

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Mickey to open northeast plant

PA Governor Tom Wolf

Mickey Truck Bodies has acquired a new manufacturing location consisting of two facilities totaling 158,000 square feet in Salem Township, PA. Once converted, Mickey will use manufacturing operation to serve the Northeastern U.S. market.

“The Northeastern U.S. represents a tremendous growth opportunity for Mickey Truck Bodies, and having modern manufacturing capabilities in the state of Pennsylvania will enable us to service this growth efficiently,” says Dean Sink, Mickey President. “Everyone at the state and local levels involved with this expansion has been very helpful and welcoming. We’re looking forward to becoming a positive part of the community.”

“When companies choose Pennsylvania as the best place to expand, it shows the strength of our manufacturing climate,” says Governor Tom Wolf. “This administration holds manufacturing as a top priority, so to see a company like Mickey Truck Bodies come here to set up shop and create 50 new jobs, we know that our manufacturing initiatives are working as they should.”

Mickey is planning to invest about $7 million to establish the new manufacturing facility.

“The Berwick Industrial Development Association (BIDA) is pleased to welcome Mickey Truck Bodies as the newest member of the Greater Berwick Area’s industrial community,” says Stephen Phillips, Executive Director of BIDA. “This long established, family-owned business will be a welcome addition to this locale’s other job generators.”

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Mickey/Roush will showcase 2 units at BevOps

10-Bay propane-powered beverage truck

Mickey Truck Bodies and ROUSH CleanTech will showcase a propane-powered MY2017 Ford F-750 side-load beverage truck with a GVWR of 33,000 lbs. at the BevOps Fleet Summit September 19-22 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ.

The beverage delivery truck features 10 individual electric doors giving operators the ability to raise and lower all doors through a small, wireless remote, as well as Mickey’s E-Lock electronic door locking system that locks and unlocks the doors with the push of a button near the driver’s seat. The propane-powered 6.8L engine is now certified to the lowest level NOx in its class, is compliant in all 50 states and emits less than .05 grams of NOx, making replacement trucks eligible for rebates that significantly reduce the acquisition cost of the entire vehicle.

Mickey and ROUSH will also have a propane-powered MY2017 F-750 26-foot van body truck with tuck-up liftgate. With a GVWR of 25,999 lbs. this vehicle does not require a CDL. The 26’ body is equipped with motion detected LED lighting and a rear back-up camera for ease of controlling. This propane powered 6.8L engine is also certified to the lowest level of NOx emissions in class 6 and 7 vehicles. At less than .05 grams of NOx emissions, this ultra-low NOx vehicle is eligible for government funding.

The Mickey/ROUSH units will be on display at booth #513 throughout the 4-day BevOps Fleet Summit. Contact Tom Arland, Mickey Corporate VP of Sales, for more information.

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Mickey names Director of National Van Sales

Drew Aloisi

Drew Aloisi has joined the Mickey Truck Bodies Sales Team as Director of National Accounts, responsible for sales of van bodies and beverage bodies to national accounts. He reports to Tom Arland, Corporate VP of Sales.

“Drew has over eight years of national sales management experience in the specialty vehicle and up-fit industries, and has the experience, energy and dedication needed to grow business at a national level,” says Tom.

Most recently Drew was Director of Distributor Development at Tallmadge, OH-based Waltco Lift Corp., a major manufacturer of lift gates and a Mickey supplier. Before that he was Director of Sales for Schiller Grounds Care Inc., in Southampton, PA, a global manufacturer of high performance lawn and garden products. He earned a BSBA degree in Business & Marketing from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH.

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Finance Team adds experienced Analyst

Heather Lee

Heather Lee has Joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Sr. Financial Analyst, responsible for budgeting, profitability analysis and monthly reporting. She reports to David Ingles, CFO.

Most recently Heather was Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at Qorvo, Inc., a leading provider of RF technology for wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications. Prior to that she was a Senior Financial Analyst at Honda Aircraft Company. Qorvo and Honda Aircraft are both based in Greensboro, NC. Heather earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance & accounting from Roanoke College in Virginia.

“Heather has extensive experience in financial planning, reporting, systems and analysis, and has successfully interacted with all levels of executive management in creating process improvements,” says David. “She is a great addition to the Mickey Finance Team.”

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Continuous Improvement Manager joins Mickey

Mike Asbury

Mickey Truck Bodies has appointed Mike Asbury in the newly created role of Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager, where he is partnering with the company’s manufacturing teams and senior management to identify and execute process improvement opportunities throughout the organization. He reports Matt Sink, VP Manufacturing and Director of Corporate Operations.

A Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Mike most recently was with Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of work-ready vehicle solutions from Class 1 up to Class 8, where he was Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager responsible for all 24 company locations.  Knapheide was founded in 1848 and is currently managed by the same 6th generation Knapheide family. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computational Physics from Illinois State University.

“Mike has a proven track record of driving positive change by removing constraints within organizations and processes,” says Matt.

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Parts Team gets a new Director

Jaret Floyd

Jarret Floyd has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Parts Director, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Parts Team.  He reports to Kyle McLaughlin, VP Reconditioning & Parts, and joins teammates Rocky Barham, Herb White, Matt McSwain and Mike Rabon, Jr.

“Jarret has over 13 years of experience as a Parts Manager and Technician with a successful track record in the areas of marketing, customer relations and inventory control,” says Kyle. Prior to joining Mickey he was Parts Manager with James River Equipment, a full-service equipment and tractor dealership, in its Pfafftown, NC location. Before that he was Parts Manager, Technician and Salesman for Webster Brothers Hardware in Walkertown, NC.

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‘Voice of the Industry’ retires

Bruce Sauer

Bruce Sauer is retiring as Editor of Trailer/Body Builders magazine after for 42 years covering our industry. He was only the second editor in the publication’s 58-year history, taking over for founding Editor Paul Schenck in 1996.

“Bruce Sauer was crucial to the growth and success of Trailer/Body Builders,” said Schenck, editor of the magazine for the first 40 years. “He joined our small staff and quickly adapted his journalistic talents to reporting events in our specialized truck manufacturing industry … Bruce has become the Voice of the Industry — with a smile.”

Trailer/Body Builders has become a fixture at industry events hosted by the National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA), the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA), and the National Truck Equipment Association ( NTEA). “Bruce’s talent as an editor is unmatched. He provided an invaluable service to so many dealers and manufacturers in the industry throughout his career by writing articles and profiles over the years,” said NTDA President Gwendolyn Brown.

“I  believe that the publishing industry is as competitive as the trailer- and body-building business, and to be in the business of publishing about the trailer and body manufacturing industry for as long as Bruce speaks to his tremendous commitment and passion for what he does,” said Dean Sink, President of Mickey Truck Bodies. “And of course you don’t do anything for that long unless you are very good at it. Thank you, Bruce, for your accuracy, honesty and outstanding editorial vision. You’ve been a great advocate of our industry. May the road ahead be smooth and maintenance-free.”

Kevin Jones, who’s been covering the trucking industry for more than 10 years, is the new Editor of Trailer/Body Builders. He was most recently Editor of American Trucker. Both and American Trucker are part of the Penton Commercial Vehicle Group.

In his farewell column in the July issue of Trailer/Body Builders, Bruce called is career at the magazine, “The fastest 42 years I have ever lived.” He told his readers, “Heartfelt thanks for making them interesting, fun, and purposeful.”

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In-Sink: The 3 P’s

By Dean Sink, Mickey President
Dean Sink
Dean Sink

Grow or die. That’s always been the mantra of successful businesses. At Mickey, our record growth over the past several years has been the result of the 3 P’s: growth through people, growth through products and growth through places. Look no further than this issue of The Mickey Spirit for a great example of each.

People: We have added 4 highly experienced teammates in key areas of responsibility. Drew Aloisi joins the Sales Team as Director of National Accounts to help grow our van and beverage body business even beyond its current record pace. Mike Asbury is our new Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager. To manage our significant growth corporate growth, we must identify and execute process improvement opportunities throughout our organization. Mike is going to lead this effort. The Parts segment of the body & trailer industry is becoming more competitive and more complex, and we plan to stay out in front of the crowded field. Jarret Floyd, our new Parts Director, comes to Mickey with over 13 years of experience as a manager and technician with expertise in marketing, customer relations and inventory control. Heather Lee has joined our Finance Team as Sr. Financial Analyst. She is working with management to create process improvements in financial planning, budgeting and reporting.

Products: For too long the only option beverage distributors had for bulk delivery were large, cumbersome and inflexible “box” trailers. Welcome to the 21st Century Trailer from Mickey Truck Bodies, designed and built specifically for beverage delivery. The heavy-duty trailer handles better, has a more modern appearance and lasts longer than conventional box trailers. Our new E-Lock and E-Door will be featured together on a propane-powered 10-bay sideloader at the September BevOps Summit in Phoenix. In the last issue of The Mickey Spirit you read about our new refrigerated van body with composite panels.

Places: We recently purchased a new manufacturing location totaling 158,000 square feet in Salem Township, PA that we will use to serve the Northeastern U.S. market, which represents a tremendous growth opportunity for us. This move comes on the heels of our major plant expansion right here in High Point.

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