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Martin Skurka To Head Mickey Engineering

Martin Skurka

HIGH POINT, NC – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 – Martin Skurka, an experienced designer of specialty vehicles, has joined Mickey as Director of Engineering, reporting to Matt Sink, VP Corporate Operations. Brandon Miller, Van Product Manager, and Sean Gilboy, Beverage/EV Manager, report to Martin.

From 2008 to 2015 Martin was Director of Engineering & Quality for Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles (OSV) in Clearwater, FL, the leading manufacturer of relocatable vertically expanding shelters and training simulation platforms for commercial, military and defense industries. OSV is a division of Pierce Manufacturing, among the world’s largest custom fire apparatus builders, and is part of Oshkosh Corporation, the world’s premier manufacturer of a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency (ambulance), military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. Martin also worked for two other major ambulance body manufacturers – Road Rescue, Inc., a division Of Spartan Motors in Marion, SC, where he was VP of Engineering & Materials Management; and PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in Manasquan, NJ, where he was Vice President of Engineering.

Most recently Martin was Plant Manager/Site Lead for Mesker Door in Huntsville, AL, the largest manufacturing site of the Mesker Openings Group, a manufacturer of steel doors and door frames for the commercial building industry. In this role he was responsible for all 200 employees and operations at the location, including engineering, manufacturing, inside sales, order entry, supply chain, warehouse, shipping, quality, warranty, and EHS. Before that Martin was Director of Engineering for Trinity Trailer Manufacturing in Boise, ID, a leading manufacturer of “build-to-order” self-unloading trailers and truck bodies used for agriculture and bulk commodity products.

“Martin is an experienced engineering and operations executive with broad-based expertise in product innovation, cost management, and quality systems for highly diversified manufacturers,” says Matt. “He has a proven track record for identifying and optimizing new technologies and business opportunities in key market segments for Mickey, including ambulance and emergency services, communications/data centers and other specialty vehicles for commercial, military and defense industries. We are confident he will lead our Engineering Team to the next level.

Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in NJ, and also holds an MBA Certificate from the same school. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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Dean Weldy Joins Mickey As Van Body Director

Dean Weldy

Mickey Truck Bodies has named Dean Weldy to the newly created position of Director of Van Body Products, reporting to Matt Sink, VP and Director of Corporate Operations. He will support all van operations, including customer and vendor relations, and engineering and manufacturing custom products.

Prior to Mickey, Dean spent 30 years with Supreme Corporation, a major manufacturer of van bodies and custom vehicle solutions headquartered in Goshen, IN. He started with Supreme in 1988 as National Fleet Engineer and also served as Engineering Manager for both the Fleet Group and Truck Group. He was most recently Director of Engineering, National Fleets, responsible for design, engineering and BOM for the company’s Fleet Engineering Group.

“Dean is a van body manufacturing veteran with experience in all aspects of engineering and customer applications in a fast-paced environment,” says Matt. “He will play an important role in helping us improve our products and processes.”

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Former Aon VP Leads Mickey’s HR Team

Mickey has named Steven Proctor Director of Human Resources, reporting to Matt Sink, VP Corporate Operations. Most recently Steven was an Executive Consultant specializing in business processes and procedures, technology solutions, staffing plans and operational objectives for a large physician group seeking to operate independently from its existing healthcare conglomerate. Prior to that he was Vice President, Elective Benefits Technology for Aon Risk Management in Charlotte, NC. Steven also held high level HR positions with Empowered Benefits, LLC in Charlotte, and Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in Mooresville, NC.

“Steven is an accomplished business solution professional with over 20 years’ experience in operational strategy development for multinational, multi-channel organizations,” says Matt. “He has a proven track record in the areas of communications, customer engagement, team development, project management, and budget planning.”

(Editor’s Note: Effective January 1, 2019, Martin Skurka, Dean Weldy and Steven Proctor will all report directly to Mike Tucker, who will become President & CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies on January 1. He is currently Executive VP Strategic Growth & Business Development. Dean Sink, currently Chairman, President and CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies (MTB) and Mickey Ventures & Holdings (MV&H), will become Executive Chairman of both companies.  Matt Sink will become Executive Vice President of both Mickey Truck Bodies and Mickey Ventures & Holdings. See “Mickey Truck Bodies Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team” in Sept/Oct 2018 issue of THE MICKEY SPIRIT.)

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Mickey’s Northeast Plant Reflects Corporate Culture, Drive & Spirit

The Mickey Team in Berwick PA

Mickey Truck Bodies’ Northeast van body plant in Berwick, PA celebrated its 1-year anniversary on October 2 by recording its 146th day without a lost-time work accident, living up to the company’s corporate priority for safety-first. Mickey opened the plant to supply the growing Northeast market with its custom-built dry freight van bodies. The facility is primarily building bodies for Enterprise Truck Rental, one of Mickey’s largest customers.

The PA plant started with 7 employees and is now up to 22 with 4 more team members expected to come on board this month. “I see us growing consistently over the next 5 years,” says Cyndi Hricenak, Plant Supervisor in Berwick. “We’re still getting the word out locally about Mickey, and we are definitely getting some traction.” Five of the current teammates are from Berwick. Within 3 years Mickey plans to have 50 full-time team members at the Berwick facility to meet its ambitious production goals. “We started out building 5 units a week; we’re at 13 now and we’re ramping up to build 20 units a week,” says Cyndi. Within 3 years Mickey plans to be producing thousands of truck bodies per year at the Northeast facility.

Cyndi and Chris King, Production Leadman, were the charter members of Mickey’s Berwick crew and, in lockstep with the company’s overall corporate culture, “Our team here is like a family,” says Cyndi.  “We strive for excellence and we do whatever we can to make each other better. The support of our High Point team has been outstanding. We follow their lead.”

up to the company’s corporate priority for safety-first. Mickey opened the plant to supply the growing Northeast market with its custom-built dry freight van bodies. The facility is primarily building bodies for Enterprise Truck Rental, one of Mickey’s largest customers.

The PA plant started with 7 employees and is now up to 22 with 4 more team members expected to come on board this month. “I see us growing consistently over the next 5 years,” says

, Plant Supervisor in Berwick. “We’re still getting the word out locally about Mickey, and we are definitely getting some traction.” Five of the current teammates are from Berwick. Within 3 years Mickey plans to have 50 full-time team members at the Berwick facility to meet its ambitious production goals. “We started out building 5 units a week; we’re at 13 now and we’re ramping up to build 20 units a week,” says Cyndi. Within 3 years Mickey plans to be producing thousands of truck bodies per year at the Northeast facility.

Cyndi and Chris King, Production Leadman, were the charter members of Mickey’s Berwick crew and, in lockstep with the company’s overall corporate culture, “Our team here is like a family,” says Cyndi.  “We strive for excellence and we do whatever we can to make each other better. The support of our High Point team has been outstanding. We follow their lead.”

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Mickey Truck Bodies Moves Up On 2018 Grant Thornton NC List

Mickey Truck Bodies has been named to the 2018 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® (NC100), which ranks the state’s largest private companies by revenue. The complete list can be viewed at GrantThornton.com/NC100. Mickey moved up to #65 on the 2018 list from #71 a year ago.

“We are honored to be named to the 2018 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® list for the second straight year,” said Dean Sink, Mickey President. “This recognition reaffirms our prominence in North Carolina and our commitment to the community. We are proud to be recognized as one of the most innovative, top-performing businesses in our state.”

Earlier this year the Mickey Truck Bodies team went 410 straight days with a lost-time accident, a company record. “We work here in a safety-first environment; teammate safety is our No. 1 priority and we mean it. That is how we’re able to grow productively and profitably every year. It all starts with our great people.”

Since 1984, the Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® has ranked the state’s largest private companies by revenue in the most recent fiscal year, based on data provided by the participants. The NC100 is a voluntary list restricted to companies based in North Carolina that do not have publicly traded stock.

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Wholesalers consider lighter trucks to help ease driver shortage

Mickey’s Gary Remley chats with NBWA attendees.

Beer wholesalers at the NBWA Annual Convention this Fall in San Diego took time out from a jam-packed agenda of top shelf speakers and education seminars to visit with Mickey Truck Bodies, their long-time body and trailer supplier.

“Much of the conversation during the convention focused on getting the beer industry – domestic, imports and craft – to pull together to fight market share losses to wines and spirits,” says Gary Remley,

Mickey’s Northeast Regional Sales Manager. “One of the challenges facing many of our customers is the shortage of qualified CDL drivers. A possible solution that’s generating interest is the use of non-CDL units, like our 6.5-bay and 8.5-bay bodies, which can be mounted on 26,0000 GVW or non-CDL chassis, in lieu of the more traditional 10.5- and 12-bay units used for beer delivery. The smaller trucks are a viable alternative for getting their brands into the points of purchase.”

Beer wholesalers have come to expect delivery solutions from Mickey Truck Bodies, including innovative features like our keyless door locking system. “Many of our customers attending the show came to our booth not only to talk about potential solutions, but also to thank us for what we have accomplished together,” says Gary.

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In Sink: A year of growth and change … it’s ‘safe’ to say

Dean Sink

Where did the year go? It seems like only a couple weeks ago I was writing about our amazing teammate safety record in the January 2018 issue of The Spirit. Back then we were working on 260 consecutive days without a lost-time accident. Well, we extended that record to 410 straight days. We follow a simple formula here at Mickey: Safety + Quality + Productivity = Great Products and Happy Customers. It all starts with safety.

Back in my January column I also introduced Mike Tucker as Mickey’s new EVP, Strategic Growth & Business Development. At the end of this month I will hand Mike the reins to Mickey Truck Bodies when he becomes President & CEO, the first time in our 114-year history that a non-Mickey family member will be at the helm. Mike joined Mickey with proven leadership skills and an outstanding track record within our core business, and quickly earned the respect and support of the entire Mickey team. He is a great leader for a great company. You’re in very good hands.

In between our safety record and the appointment of a new CEO, Mickey once again was named to the Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® list, which ranks the state’s largest private companies. We moved up to #65 in 2018 from #71 a year ago.  I know that bigger is not always better, but our growth has been very positive for our teammates, customers and community. In 2018 we added over 50 team members, including experience professionals who have strengthened our Engineering, HR and Van Body operations.

As for me, I’m not going anywhere. With Mike at the helm, I’m going to focus on even more growth opportunities for our company and our teammates. So, this will be my last In-Sink for now, at least on a regular basis. I may write for The Spirit from time to time. But I’ll read every issue. I hope you do, too. I don’t care how the saying goes, as far as I’m concerned, “There’s no news like Mickey news!”

Happy holidays. And happy reading.

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Mickey Truck Bodies Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

HIGH POINT, NC — SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 – Mickey Truck Bodies today has announced a major transition within its leadership team that will take effect January 1, 2019.

Dean Sink, currently Chairman, President and CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies (MTB) and Mickey Ventures & Holdings (MV&H), will become Executive Chairman of both companies.

Mike Tucker

Mike Tucker, currently Executive VP Strategic Growth & Business Development for MTB, will succeed Dean as President & CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies. This marks the first time in the company’s 114-year history that a non-Mickey family member will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of Mickey Truck Bodies, including manufacturing, sales, marketing, engineering, IT, HR and finance.

Carl Mickey, Jr., currently Senior Executive VP for Mickey Truck Bodies, will become Chairman of both Mickey Truck Bodies and Mickey Ventures & Holdings.

Matt Sink, currently VP and Director of Corporate Operations for MTB, will become Executive Vice President of both Mickey Truck Bodies and Mickey Ventures & Holdings. He will retain responsibility for MTB’s Safety & Quality programs – the company’s #1 and #2 priorities – and in that capacity will report directly to Mike. He will also ensure that Mickey represents its strong family values and culture within the communities and industries it serves.

Dean Sink, Carl Mickey, Matt Sink

Greg Fisher, currently Senior Executive VP for Mickey Ventures & Holdings, will become President & CEO of that company. He has been with Mickey Truck Bodies for 24 years, serving in key finance and operations positions during one of the most prolific growth periods in the history of the company.

In his new role Dean Sink will focus more strategically on growth and diversification outside of Mickey’s core business, which is manufacturing quality delivery equipment and specially-engineered vehicles for industries such as food & beverage, vending, battery, oil & natural gas, data storage, propane, medical & rescue, moving & storage and furniture. He will work closely with the rest of the new Mickey Ventures & Holdings Team (Matt Sink, Carl Mickey, Greg Fisher and Noel DiBona, VP Innovation) to identify solid opportunities – both organic and via acquisition – that will ensure the growth of Mickey Truck Bodies while preserving the values of this privately-owned, family-owned business.

Mike joined Mickey in January 2018 in his current role to work with its Team Leaders and Senior Management in driving the company’s ambitious objectives for growth, performance, operational and financial targets. Prior to Mickey he was President & CEO of VT Hackney, Inc., and a 26-year veteran of that company. “Mike has the proven leadership skills within our core business, and since joining Mickey he has earned the respect and support of all our operations teams,” says Dean. “His vision, experience and energy make him the ideal person to oversee the entire day-to-day operation of Mickey Truck Bodies. I expect a very smooth transition and have total confidence that Mike will keep us moving in a very positive direction for years to come.”

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In-Sink: A line-up change that makes the whole team stronger

By Dean Sink, Mickey President

Dean Sink

If you have followed the In-Sink column at all over the past 5 years you know I like to use baseball metaphors in a business context. So, allow me one more here, especially with the Fall Classic only a couple weeks away.

For the past several years Mickey Truck Bodies has been “hitting it out of the park.” We have consistently posted record performances across the board, including safety (410 straight days without a lost-time accident); sales, product quality and production. We have expanded geographically with our plant acquisition in PA, and organically with our new liftgate installation facility in High Point. We’ve grown to a record high head count. We have introduced many new innovative features on our delivery equipment. Not all our swings result in home runs; we also hit singles, double and triples. The point is, we have a very high batting average.

From the shop floor to the executive offices we have assembled the best team in the truck body and trailer business. We are strong at every position, and we keep building on our strengths. A good example of this is Mike Tucker. If you started reading this issue of The Spirit at the top, you know that on January 1, 2019 Mike will succeed me as President & CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies. He’ll be the first-ever non-family member in the 114-year history of this family-owned company to hold these titles, and if things go according to plan, he’ll be the best because at Mickey, we don’t move backwards or sideways, we only go forward.

With Mike running the day-to-day operations at Mickey Truck Bodies, Carl, Matt, Greg, Noel and myself will be better to able to explore and expand opportunities for the long-term growth of all the Mickey holdings. Think of it like this: We’re changing the line-up card a little to make sure we have the right players in the right positions. We’re loaded with talent on this team.

Happy reading.

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