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Rocky Barham – Feb. 2, 1956 to Jan. 11, 2021

Rocky Barham throughout his Mickey career

HIGH POINT, NC — FEBRUARY 2021 – Rocky Barham, a member of the Mickey Truck Bodies team since May 25, 1977, passed away on January 11, 2021 after a long illness. He was 64.

Born Rocklan Stafford Barham, he was simply known has “Rocky” by all his Mickey colleagues and loyal customers, who always knew they were in good hands when they heard the voice on the other end of the phone say: “This is Rocky.” For most of his 44 years at Mickey, Rocky worked in Parts Sales, and was largely considered to be the face of The Mickey Parts Team. An avid golfer, Rocky loved that sport almost as much as he loved working at Mickey. (He was born in Augusta, GA, home of the annual Masters Golf Tournament.)

Rocky is survived by his wife Martha “Marty” Barham; his mother, Mary Barham; five brothers and two sisters; and six nieces and nephews.

“Rocky actually started here as a welder. I don’t remember when we moved him into Parts, but it was one of the best decisions we ever made. He brought a new level of professionalism and passion to the team. He made the Parts Department something special at Mickey. Rocky measured his success in only one way – customer satisfaction. And the customers loved him for it. Whether he was selling parts or teeing off on the first hole, or playing on the company softball team, Rocky always gave it his all. No matter what he was doing. That’s just the way he was.” – Dean Sink, Executive Chairman, Mickey Truck Bodies

“If you were lucky enough to have Rocky as a friend, he would give you the shirt off his back. I don’t know of anyone who has anything bad to say about him. His work ethic was second to none. He worked very hard for our company and for our customers. He was very well respected everywhere.” – Carl Mickey, Jr., Chairman, Mickey Truck Bodies

“Rocky was the guy you could always count on. He was amazing at providing customers with parts for equipment that could have been 15 years old or older. When Rocky said, ‘I’ll take care of it,’ I knew I could move on to something else. I can’t tell you how many times we would be at a convention and a customer would ask, ‘Is Rocky here? I’d like to meet him.’ He was truly one of the good guys.” – Wayne Childress, retired from Mickey as VP Sales in 2013 after 29 years

“Any time I left Rocky, his goodbye was always the same. He’d say, ‘Ok ol’ buddy, I will see you later. If you need me call me.’ To me, that is a true friend that will always be remembered.” – Ricky Bean, retired from Mickey in 2019 after 35 years

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Delivering for the Covid cause

Vaccine ready

Mickey’s Northeast Fleet Services Center in Freehold, NJ recently reconditioned and modified a Monmouth County (NJ) Health Department trailer that is now capable and approved to distribute the corona virus vaccine in the central part of the state. The upgrade included new interior ceiling and lighting, roof ventilation, access steps, awning, batteries to power the unit, and front-to-back inspection to ensure all components were fully functional.

Rob Piotrowski is the GM of the Center. 800-938-5181

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In virtual event, Mickey welder gets a real car

John Loftis with his new car.

A Mickey Truck Bodies team member in December was rewarded with a new car for giving back to his community. John Loftis from Mickey’s Southeast Fleet Services Center in Thomasville was the 2020 winner of the annual Vann York Car Giveaway in conjunction with fundraising for the United Way of Greater High Point. All donors who give to the United Way at the Caring Gift level or higher were eligible to fill out a car giveaway entry form. One finalist per week during a 10-week period was randomly selected from the entries by accounting firm Tim Ison and Associates. About 3,800 eligible United Way donors entered the drawing. Aaron Carter, a member of Mickey’s Beverage Team, was also a finalist.

The giveaway is usually held in person at Vann York’s local Toyota dealership; however, the 2020 event was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

From 2012 to 2020 Mickey Truck Bodies contributed $1,000,000 to United Way. During each of those years there was a 100% participation rate among the Mickey team in High Point. Mickey Truck Bodies is the only manufacturing company in the 90-year history of the United Way of Greater High Point that has accomplished a 100% employee participation rate for 8 straight years, according to Joe Barnes, Campaign Division Director, United Way.

“Mickey Truck Bodies has been a strong supporter of the United Way of Greater High Point for many years because of the work they do supporting our local communities,” says Matt Sink, Mickey CEO. “We are making a difference in people’s lives right here in our backyard, and we feel good about that. It’s “The Mickey Way.”

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Welder marks 40 years at Mickey

Clockwise from top left: Jerry Myers, Timothy Koehler, Terry Gordon, Susan Chester

Jerry Myers, a Welder on the EV line, celebrated his 40-year anniversary with Mickey on January 12. Timothy Koehler, Driver, and Terry Gordon, a Welder at Mickey’s Midwest Fleet Services Center in Bloomington, IL, celebrated their 25- and 20-year Mickey milestones, respectively, on January 24, and January 9.

Susan Chester, Accounting, hit the 15-year mark on January 3.

Five Mickey teammates reached their 5-year anniversaries this year. They are Tye Bray, Machine Room and Bryant Whitley, Welder, EV, (February 29); Thomas Davis, Welder, Chassis Shop (February 1); Manuel Gonzalez Romero, Van Assembly (January 11); and Ethan Grooms, Welder, Chassis Shop (January 4).

Seventeen percent of Mickey’s full-time teammates have been with the company for at least 20 years. Twenty-eight percent of the entire Mickey team has been with the company for 10 years or more.

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In-Sink 2.0: At Mickey, great teams do great things, in good times and bad

By Matt Sink, CEO

Matt Sink

Great teams overcome great adversity to achieve desired results. Case in point: the team at Mickey Truck Bodies and the year 2020.

To say that 2020 was a year of tremendous adversity would be an understatement, as the world faced a horrific pandemic. Through it all we were able to keep our plants open and our bodies and trailers delivering essential products to people around the country, all thanks to the outstanding Mickey team. That would be an amazing story on its own, but there’s more. For the eighth straight year 100% of Mickey employees contributed to the United Way of High Point to help struggling families within our own communities; families that needed assistance more than ever in 2020.

Great teams are made up of great people. We lost one of the great ones earlier this year with the passing of Rocky Barham, whose desire, dedication and determination over the past four decades set the bar really high for all of us here at Mickey.

We have several other great teammates celebrating major milestones with the company this month, including Jerry Myers, a Mickey Welder with 40 years of service, Timothy Koehler (25 years), Terry Gordon (20 years), and Susan Chester (15 years).

The Mickey team is the solid foundation that makes Mickey Truck Bodies a great company. Our people are dedicated to each other, to the company, to our customers and to our communities, in good times and bad. That’s the Mickey Way.

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Mickey Names Joe Rudolph VP of Sales

Joe Rudolph

HIGH POINT, NC — DECEMBER 2020 – Mickey Truck Bodies has appointed Joe Rudolph Vice President of Sales, overseeing the outside and inside sales teams. He reports to Tom Arland, President.

Joe was most recently Vice President of Commercial Fleet Sales at ROUSH CleanTech, where he was responsible for increasing the presence of alternative fuel and advanced powertrain technologies throughout the Class 3 – 7 commercial vehicle market. Prior to ROUSH CleanTech he was Director of Technical Services for the Indiana Department of Transportation, responsible for its fleet and other divisions supporting daily operations.

Joe has a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and obtained numerous certifications while working as an automotive, truck, and heavy equipment technician.

“Joe’s extensive knowledge of organizational business and fleet requirements, combined with his experience partnering with Mickey during his eight years at ROUSH CleanTech, make him uniquely qualified to lead our sales efforts,” says Tom. “He is familiar with our products, our people and our customers.”

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Ed Sears Moves Up to VP Finance

Ed Sears

Ed Sears has been promoted to Vice President of Finance at Mickey Truck Bodies. He was most recently Controller, the position he’s held since joining Mickey in January of this year and retains the same reporting structure for all accounting and financial planning functions. He reports to Tom Arland, President.

“Ed has made significant improvements to our accounting and finance operations in his short time at Mickey,” says Tom. “He understands the company’s business requirements and has successfully aligned our accounting functions with our long-term corporate growth plans.” In his advanced role, Ed will continue to identify and strategically integrate finance and accounting opportunities within the company’s overall operations.

Prior to Mickey Ed was with LeMond Companies LLC, serving as Chief Financial and Operations Officer. He also worked with Sara Lee Corporation (now Hanesbrands Inc.), Keebler Company, and Arthur Andersen & Co.

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New HR Manager ‘Checks All the Boxes’

Heather Hankins has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Human Resources Manager, reporting to Matt Sink, CEO. Shannon Wiegman, HR Generalist, reports to Heather.

Most recently Heather was Human Resources Business Partner for Winston Salem, NC-based TriMark Foodcraft, a distributor of commercial kitchen equipment and supplies for n

Heather Hankins

ational chain restaurants, as well as foodservice operations in North Carolina and South Carolina. In this role she provided strategic human resources leadership and support to a staff of 255 employees, while aligning HR initiatives with corporate goals and strategies.

Prior to TriMark, Heather was Human Resources and Payroll Administrator for JD Contractors in Asheboro, NC. She held a similar position with Bethany Medical Center in High Point.

Heather earned a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree with an HR concentration from the same school. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

“Heather’s professional experience checks all the boxes for strategy development, talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, and payroll/benefits administration,” says Matt. “She is a welcome addition to the Mickey Team.”

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Low Bridge Casualties Call on Mickey

Top 3 photos are “before.” Bottom is “after.”

One of the most dreaded road signs in the trucking industry is the one that warns: “Low Bridge.” Even the advanced alert does not always avert catastrophe. The Mickey Fleet Services Centers in NJ, NC, FL, and IL can’t keep a trailer from colliding with a low bridge or tunnel, but they can get it back on the road and looking better than ever.

This Angry Orchards trailer met its match in the NY Metro market and turned to Mickey Fleet Services Center in Freehold, NJ. “We not only repaired this trailer better then factory standard, but also shortened it by 13 inches to the customer’s requirement for an overall height of 12 feet, 5 inches,” says Rob Piotrowski, General Manager of the Freehold facility.

Mickey Regional Fleet Services Centers:
Thomasville, NC: Kyle McLaughlin
Ocala, FL: Robert Badely
Freehold, NJ: Rob Piotrowski
Bloomington, IL: Mike Parker

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