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Procurement expert Kevin Phillips heads purchasing at Mickey

HIGH POINT, NC — AUGUST 2021 — Kevin Phillips, a seasoned procurement executive with 25 years’ experience directing global supply chain operations, logistics, and inventory control in multiple industries, has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Purchasing Manager. He reports to Tom Arland, President.

Prior to Mickey, Kevin was Supply Chain Manager for Enviva Biomass in Raleigh, NC, the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal. In this role he managed the purchasing function for five plants in the Southeast, negotiating supply agreements with the company’s top 50 suppliers across 14 countries.

“Kevin has achieved great success by leveraging strong negotiation and analytics skills to improve pricing, terms, and delivery while optimizing internal operations for maximum output at the lowest-possible cost,” says Tom. “He is a welcome addition to the Mickey team.”

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Mickey appoints new marketing manager

Aubrianna Amos

Aubrianna Amos has joined the Mickey team as Marketing Manager, reporting to Joe Rudolph, Vice President of Sales.

Aubrianna was most recently a Marketing Assistant with Endura Products, Inc. in Colfax, NC, a U.S. manufacturer of components for entry door systems. She was responsible for internal and external communication, public relations, product marketing, social media and web content, and event planning. She graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, including course work in Audio-Video Production, Social Media Strategies, and Media Graphics.

“Aubrianna is an experienced marketing associate with a successful track record in the manufacturing industry,” says Joe. “She will play an instrumental role in marketing the Mickey brand, products and services across all of our customer industries.”

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Mickey Fleet Services pulls off major ‘power’ play

Mobile Substation before (left) and after

Mickey Truck Body’s Northeast Fleet Services Center in Freehold NJ recently completed its biggest project ever by reconditioning a 1969 Westinghouse 3-phase Mobile Substation for Jersey Central Power & Light. The massive piece of equipment, used to provide electricity to the Barrier Island in south New Jersey in the event of a power outage, was reconditioned from the ground up with all new suspension, custom-made bracketry, new LED lighting, and painted to prevent corrosion from the salty coastal air in which it operates. Special thanks to newly promoted Shop Manager Kristopher Luppino, and Lead Technician Philip Johnson for their hard work and expertise on this project. Contact the Mickey Northeast Team (732-294-9912) for your next BIG project.

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2 HR pros join Mickey in NC

Karen Packard (left) Brittany Smith

Karen Packard and Brittany Smith have joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Human Resources Generalists in the company’s High Point, NC headquarters facility and its Northeast Fleet Services Center in Thomasville, NC. They are responsible for all aspects of human resources, and report to Heather Hankins, Human Resources Manager.

Prior to joining Mickey, Karen spent 24 years with U-Haul, starting as Executive Assistant in 1997 and rising to her most recent position in 2011 as Manager of Office Operations/HR Generalist in the company’s Falls Manufacturing plant near Philadelphia, PA, where she supported 210 employees.

Brittany was most recently Human Resource Business Partner for Atrium Windows and Doors at the company’s Welcome, NC location, where she handled all HR functions, including FMLA, Leave of Absence, and Short-Term Disability.

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Tim Walker marks 15 years at Mickey

Tim Walker

Tim Walker, a member of Mickey’s Finishing Team in High Point, NC, celebrated his 15-year anniversary with the company on August 7. Randy Denton, a welder in Mickey’s Mid-Atlantic Fleet Services Center in Thomasville, NC hit the 5-year Mickey mark on July 25.

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: The ‘new normal’ not so new for Mickey

By Matt Sink, CEO

Matt Sink

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly played no corporate favorites. Companies from coast to coast – from all over the world – and across all industries have been facing the same challenges since the virus first struck in 2019: human safety and wellness, work force shortages, supply chain and logistics issues, to name just a few.

A common thread among the companies that have managed most successfully through these tumultuous times is the presence of great teamwork. Teams, more than individuals, find solutions. They find answers. Teams accomplish wins – even small wins – every day amid tremendous adversity.

Teammates support and encourage one another, they inspire productivity and creativity. My father, Dean Sink, the Chairman of Mickey Truck Bodies, always said it’s not how hard you work that makes a difference, it’s how smart you work. Great teams work smart. Maybe it’s because of the combined brain power.

As an “essential business” we were able to remain open and to supply bodies and trailers to deliver food and beverages and batteries and propane gas and all kinds of consumer products. We were counted on to build and deliver ambulance bodies and emergency vehicles to a nation in dire need of this type of equipment. Our Fleet Services Centers stayed opened and fully staffed so we could make sure trucks would be repaired and remain in service to help keep the American economy moving forward. This is because of our commitment to teamwork, and to working smart.

And we have not worked through the pandemic challenges alone. We are grateful to our business partners – our exceptional customers and suppliers ­– who face the same business issues as us while we all work together, as a team, for the greater good.

People are talking about the “new normal,” or what life will be like in a post-pandemic world. For us, the “new normal” will be more of the same: teamwork.

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Coke bottler – and Mickey Truck Bodies – to the rescue!

Before and after. New Fire and Rescue unit features custom rear bumper with built-in steps.

OCALA, FL — JUNE 2021 — Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED donated a 1996 16-bay Mickey trailer on a 1998 IH4700 tractor to the Montgomery (AL) Fire and Rescue Department, and while the durable, all-aluminum Mickey unit was in solid shape, a Fire and Rescue team has little use for a soft drink delivery truck.

So, the department turned to the Mickey Fleet Services Center in Ocala, FL to completely overhaul the trailer into a customized, fully functioning, multi-purpose vehicle designed to carry all the necessary equipment required to respond to any type of emergency.

“We completely refurbished, retrofitted and repainted the entire unit from the bottom up,” says Robert Badely, Mickey’s General Manager in Ocala. The upfit included custom shelving, ramps for loading and unloading equipment into the bays, and fabricated slide-out panels for hanging hand tools like shovels, picks and hoses. Every bay has its own lighting, and separate controllers operate the lights on each side of the trailer.

Bottom: Refurbished trailer features loading ramps and slide-out panels for hanging hand tools.

The rear compartment of the trailer, used for storing ladders, posts and other equipment too long to fit in the bays, is accessed through two swing-out style doors. The Mickey team designed and created a special rear bumper with three built in steps to make it easy for responders to get to the equipment. The repurposed trailer will be a “fantastic” addition to the agency’s fleet, says Sam Castanza, Montgomery Fire and Rescue District Chief of Special Operations. “This will fill a gap in our special operations unit.”

“I asked the chief what he wanted on a rescue trailer, and our team built the unit and included everything on his wish list,” according to Robert.

How did the job go over with the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Department? The Mickey Fleet Services Center in Ocala is now working on two more units.

(Click HERE to read the full story as it appeared in the May 26, 2021 edition of The Ocala StarBanner.)

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Rock solid body manufacturer erects ‘Roc Solid’ playset

Mickey volunteers check out their work.

There’s a proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Well, on a recent Saturday in Spring, it took 19 Mickey Truck Bodies employees and a few family members to raise a new backyard playset for a High Point youngster with kidney cancer. The project was directed by Roc Solid Foundation, a nonprofit that builds playsets through its Play IT Forward program for children who are going through pediatric cancer treatments. The High Point build was for 2-year-old Luca Teoli, who was diagnosed last year.

Mickey employees Luis Sanchez and Danny Crowe on the playset “assembly line.” Two-year-old Luca tries out his new playset.

“Roc Solid tries to match playset recipients with companies in the area that can help the build,” explained Heather Hankins, Mickey’s HR Manager. “They reached out to Mickey when they had a High Point recipient and presented us with the opportunity to pitch in. Mickey has a standing tradition of supporting its local communities, and this was another way we were able to contribute. Building rock solid equipment is right in our wheelhouse.”

Response from the Mickey team to help with the build was overwhelming, according to Heather. “We had a lot of employees raise their hands when the opportunity came up, but because of COVID restrictions we could only choose the first 19 volunteers.” The volunteers from Mickey also brought birthday presents for Luca, making the day extra-special. One of volunteers even mowed the family’s front lawn while he was there.

“We would never have been able to afford this playset,” said Jamie Teoli, Luca’s mom. “We dreamed about having one. For our dreams to come true means the world.”

Roc Solid Foundation, a nonprofit organization, builds custom playsets in the backyards of kids fighting cancer. They have completed hundreds of these playset builds throughout the U.S. as they have partnered with over 60 children’s hospitals coast to coast.

(Click HERE to read the full story as it appeared in the May 26, 2021 edition of High Point Enterprise.)

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Mickey adds to HR team in PA

Susan Ritchey

Susan Ritchey has joined the Mickey Truck Bodies team as HR Generalist in the company’s Berwick, PA manufacturing plant, where she is responsible for recruitment, onboarding, HRIS, employee relations, benefits, workers compensation and all other aspects of human resources. In addition to supporting the PA team, she will also directly support the Illinois, New Jersey, and Florida Fleet Service Centers in an HR role. She reports to Heather Hankins, Human Resources Manager.

Susan was most recently a Human Resources Recruiter and Safety Officer for a private wealth company that owns Allegheny Crane, KP Construction, and The George Washington Hotel. She has over 10 years’ experience across all areas of human resources. Susan earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Human Resources Management from Franklin University in Columbus, OH.

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