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Mickey salutes 2 new teammates

Melanie Weber, Kevin Turpin

HIGH POINT, NC — AUGUST 12, 2019 – Mickey Truck Bodies has appointed two honored military veterans to important positions on the Mickey Team. Melanie Weber is the company’s new Director of Human Resources, and Kevin Turpin is the new Plant Manager for Mickey’s Berwick, PA manufacturing plant. Melanie reports directly to Mike Tucker, President and CEO, and Kevin reports to Matt Sink, Executive Vice President.

Most recently, Melanie was Director of Human Resources for CPP Global, which works with manufacturers to identify creative solutions for new and existing projects that meet financial or market requirements. The company operates four facilities in the U.S. and China. Melanie was based in Mocksville, NC. Before that she was Sr. Manager, Human Resources for CV Products Consolidated in Thomasville, NC. CV Products is in the industrial and commercial machinery and equipment manufacturing business specializing in the race car industry.

Melanie served in the U.S. Navy from 2001 through 2008. She is Six Sigma Certified and holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

“Melanie possesses a unique combination of human resources skills and customer relationship management, and is experienced in designing and implementing systems and solutions to increase quality, productivity and efficiency,” says Mike.

Prior to Mickey, Kevin was Project Engineer with Columbus, IN-based Taylor Bros. Construction, a multi-faceted general construction and construction management services company specializing in retail, educational, industrial and commercial projects. In addition to his engineering duties, he was also responsible for procurement and process improvement.

Kevin served in the United States Army in various locations from 1997 to 2018, logging 20 years of senior leadership with a Top Secret/SCI security clearance and achieving the rank Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as Battalion Commander, Brigade Planning and Operations Officer, Brigade Executive Officer and Fires & Targeting Officer. He has a comprehensive background in operational efficiency, team building, resource management and organizational development from conducting domestic and global operations.

Kevin holds a Master of Arts in Business & Organizational Security Management from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University. He and his wife, Emily, and their son, Mickey (yes, Mickey), are relocating from Indianapolis. They are originally from Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to have Melanie and Kevin on the Mickey Team, and we thank them for their service to our country,” says Mike.

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Mickey Truck Bodies is an ‘MVP’

MVP LogoNTEA – the Association for the Work Truck Industry – has recognized Mickey Truck Bodies for completing a rigorous qualification process, demonstrating successful implementation of defined business standards and conformity to applicable government regulations. Mickey is now included in NTEA’s “Member Verification Program” (MVP).

“Achieving MVP status recognizes our company as one of the leaders in industry excellence and validates our efforts toward bettering the work truck industry through professionalism, knowledge and performance,” says Mike Tucker, Mickey President and CEO. “Fleet managers and truck dealers know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have embraced specific business and quality measures and comply with federal requirements. Mickey’s MVP member status reflects our ongoing commitment to safety and quality.”

The NAFA Fleet Management Association acknowledges the value MVP brings to the industry and has officially recognized the program since 2011. For additional information, visit www.mickeybody.com. Learn more about MVP at www.ntea.com/mvp.

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30 years has a good ‘ring’ to it

Fernando Garcia (left), who celebrated his 30-year anniversary with Mickey Truck Bodies on June 6, receives his milestone ring from Dean Sink, Executive Chairman. Fernando has worked in all areas of manufacturing, and is currently involved in special projects.

Nearly 13% of the 2019 Mickey team has been with the company for 20 years or more.

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Tucker’s Takes: The heat’s on … and so is Mickey

Mike Tucker

By Mike Tucker, Mickey President 

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the “dog days of summer” are traditionally the 40 days from July 3 through August 11 that coincide with the early morning rising of Sirius, the “Dog Star,” part of the constellation Canis Major (“Greater Dog”).

With all due respect to astronomers everywhere, the “dog days of summer” are really hot here in High Point, NC. During that 40-day summer span, the average high temps run between 87 and 89 degrees. When you’re working in a heavy manufacturing environment, it can feel substantially hotter. Yet, smack in the middle of the summer heat wave, we managed 30 straight days without a lost-time accident, bringing our current safety streak to 51 days at press time. As usual, we celebrated the streak with a biscuit breakfast for the entire Mickey team.

Mickey teammates enjoy their biscuit breakfast.

Then, on July 23, the Red Cross Blood Drive trailer pulled into our manufacturing campus in High Point, and 49 Mickey team members rolled up their sleeves to donate blood. In all, our people donated 48 units of blood which, the Red Cross estimates, will potentially save 144 lives. The turnout was so overwhelming that the Red Cross scheduled a second session at a future date. It may take place on a cooler day, but it won’t matter.

And finally, congratulations to the entire Mickey team for the efforts that earned our company MVP status within the NTEA — the Association for the Work Truck Industry. The “Member Verification Program” recognizes industry leaders based on defined business standards and conformity to applicable government regulations. Please read more about this prestigious honor in this issue of THE SPIRIT.

The dog days of summer? At Mickey, they have more bark than bite!

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Mickey hires an ‘ace’ to lead parts team

Josh Campbell

HIGH POINT, NC — JUNE 2019 – Josh Campbell has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Manager of the Parts Team, reporting directly to Tom Arland, VP Corp. Sales/Fleet Services & Aftermarket Parts. Rocky Barham, Herb White and Matt McSwain report to Josh.

Prior to Mickey, Josh was Damage Estimator/Outside Sales with Ace Truck Body & Trailer Repair, a family-owned, full-service truck and trailer service operation in Norcross, GA specializing in engine and body repair and painting of tractor-trailer and medium-size trucks. He joined Ace in 2009 as Trailer Repair Technician and also served as Workorder Representative and Parts Room Manager.

“Josh has managed every facet of parts and services operations for truck bodies, trailers and engines,” says Tom. “He has extensive knowledge of all heavy-duty trailers, trucks and body manufacturers, including Mickey, Great Dane, Wabash, Kentucky Manufacturing, Morgan and Supreme.”

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3 companies, 1 goal and ‘no complaints whatsoever’

Linde van body before and after Mickey touch.

The slogan on the side of a 26-foot Linde Healthcare van body reads: “Your care – Our inspiration.” The truck needed some “care” of its own recently when a roadside obstruction ripped a gash half the length of the unit on the passenger side.

A call from FleetNet America, The Linde Group’s fleet maintenance company based in Cherryville, NC, was all the “inspiration” the Mickey’s MidAtlantic Fleet Services team needed to spring into action and repair the body to like-new condition in the timeliest fashion.

“There was great communication between Linde, Mickey and FleetNet throughout the entire process, from beginning to end,” says Tom Ridings, Account Representative for FleetNet. “Individually, each company worked prudently to reach the same end goal, which was to get the truck back on the road as quickly as possible and looking like it was never damaged.”

This was not the first time FleetNet and Mickey worked together for a mutual customer. Mickey Trucks Bodies is a major supplier of new equipment to the Linde Group. “I have worked with Mickey on various projects over the past several years, including new builds and upfits as well as repairs and warranty work on units already in service,” says Tom. “Kyle and Larry have always taken good care of us. They are super-efficient and professional. No complaints whatsoever.”

(Editor’s note: Kyle McLaughlin is the General Manager of Mickey’s MidAtlantic Fleet Services Center in Thomasville, NC, and Larry Jacobs is Mickey’s Customer Service Manager in High Point, NC.)
Linde Healthcare, a global leader in respiratory healthcare, is a business unit of The Linde Group, a leading industrial gases and engineering company.
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‘Doing more, better’

Mickey’s Clay Hall, Liftgates Manager.

In its April 2019 issue, Trailer/Body Builders magazine (TBB) ran a feature story on Mickey Truck Bodies’ new liftgate installation facility at the company’s manufacturing complex in High Point, NC, under the banner headline: “Doing more, Better.”

In his article, TBB Editor Kevin Jones noted, “Everything about the new liftgate facility is geared toward improving efficiency.” Kevin spent a day touring the Mickey complex, talking with several key people during that time, including Dean Sink (Mickey Executive Chairman), Tom Arland (VP Corp. Sales/Fleet Services & Aftermarket Parts), Clay Hall (Liftgates Manager) and Kyle McLaughlin (MidAtlantic Fleet Services General Manager).

The 20,000-sq-ft liftgate installation facility is located on a 13-acre site that’s now part of Mickey’s manufacturing complex. It houses a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation. Liftgates are one of the most popular accessories on Mickey’s truck bodies, and Mickey is an authorized installer for all major liftgate brands.

Click HERE to view the entire story from the April 2019 issue of TBB.
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A story with a story book ending

Randolph, NC Mobile Library.

The Randolph County (NC) Emergency Services donated a “retired” ambulance body mounted on a 2011 Chevrolet G4500 diesel truck to the Randolph Public Library, and Mickey Fleet Services (MidAtlantic) turned it into a colorful Mobile Library complete with new body and custom upfit.

The new bookmobile box measures 14 feet long, 8 feet wide and 7.5 feet high. Bookshelves line each side with lower shelves in the form of mobile carts that can be detached and used outside of the vehicle. An awning can be extended from the passenger side for shelter. Besides books, the mobile library also carries other equipment for support activities.

Interior of Mobile Library.

The Randolph Public Library is initially deploying the Mobile Library to summer school lunch sites and daycare venues in conjunction with the summer reading program. The vehicle will also be seen at festivals and parades around the county. “In many cases, the children who will be reached are in households where books are a luxury,” according to Ross Holt, Director of the Randolph County Public Library system.

Mickey’s MidAtlantic Mickey Fleet Services center is located in Thomasville, NC.
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Tucker’s Takes: Good news

By Mike Tucker, Mickey President 

Mike Tucker

Publicity is great. It’s free advertising, right? Like the story about our liftgate facility in the April 2019 issue of Trailer/Body Builder magazine. Kevin Jones, the magazine’s editor, did a very thorough job of touring our complex here in High Point. He looked under every stone, in every nook and cranny. He talked to several of our Mickey teammates and asked good questions. And he got it right. He accurately and objectively captured the essence of our liftgate installation plant in his story. It’s all about quality, craftsmanship, efficiency and pride. And it’s well-deserved recognition for Clay Hall, our Liftgates Manager, and his entire team in the liftgates plant. Please read Kevin’s story (click HERE).

Sometimes, you don’t need publicity just to feel good about the work you do or the company you work for. The story about the new Randolph, NC Mobile Library appeared in several newspapers in the Piedmont part of the state, and the story was always about the books and the kids and the rolling library. Like Kevin Jones at TBB, these newspapers were spot on with their coverage. The story was never about Mickey. But it did feel pretty good to see photos of that Mobile Library in all the papers, and knowing that we had a little something to do with bringing books to people who read – and need – them.
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