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Mickey Truck Bodies Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

HIGH POINT, NC — SPETEMBER/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 Tucke

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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David Perry promoted; leads purchasing and costing teams

JULY/AUGUST 2018 – David Perry has been promoted to Director of Purchasing & Product Costing for Mickey Truck Bodies, a newly created position. He joined the company in 2012 as a Senior Buyer and advanced to Purchasing & Materials Manager, his most recent role. He continues reporting to Matt Sink, VP Corporate Operations.

David is now responsible for the Purchasing Team as well as the Cost Accounting & Product Pricing Team. “With over 30 years’ experience in purchasing and materials, starting in 1989 as an Inventory Control Analyst, David is uniquely qualified to provide the necessary guidance in driving the accuracy of our Bills of Materials BOM) while improving our material costs and product pricing,” says Matt. He will also work closely with Mickey’s leadership team to identify and evaluate other strategic opportunities for cost savings and margin improvements.

David Perry and Larry  Henson

In addition, Larry Henson has been promoted to Associate Cost Accounting Manager. He spent the last 5 years on the Purchasing Team, most recently as Associate Purchasing Manager. “Larry has done an excellent job moving from Engineering to Purchasing, and his experience and success in both areas has positioned him for great success in his new role in costing,” according to Matt.

Debra DiEdwardo has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as a Purchasing Agent, reporting to David. Debra has a successful track record in both sales and procurement in aerospace manufacturing. Prior to Mickey she was Supply Chain Manager with Beta Fueling Systems LLC, an aviation refueling equipment manufacturer based in Reidsville, NC, where she was the lead buyer for critical hardware. Before that Debra spend 7 years with Honda Aero, Inc., in Burlington, NC, as the Strategic Lead and Technical Buyer for the HF120 engine, a GE/Honda joint venture.

Andy Cutright and Jarrett Floyd, both Purchasing Agents, continue reporting to David as part of the Purchasing Team. Larry, Mike Johnston and Kathy Hill now report to David on the Cost Accounting & Product Pricing Team.

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Jimmy Hiatt retires after 32 years with Mickey

Jimmy Hiatt (left) is congratulated by Mickey CEO on his 30th anniversary with the company in 2016.

Jim “Jimmy” Hiatt has retired from Mickey Truck Bodies after a stellar 32-year career in sales, which began in 1986 as Territory Sales Manager in the then-fledgling Van Body “Division.” He was promoted to Vice President Sales for the Van & Vending Team in 1995, and during his tenure Mickey expanded from its original dry freight line to include refrigerated and full-service vending bodies, and also became a major manufacturer of moving bodies.

“I’ve been working with Jimmy and Mickey for 20 plus years and it has been a positive experience right from the start,” says George Hirn, President of Hirn Truck Distribution in Maspeth, NY. “Jimmy brought a southern flair to the New York market. It’s a different market, a more rigid market, and Jimmy was a fresh face with an engaging personality. Of course, it helped that he brought a great product along with him. I introduced him to many of the major players and he immediately broke down walls with his style. It has been my pleasure working with Jimmy Hiatt and Mickey Truck Bodies.”

“Jimmy played a pivotal role in helping Mickey grow into the company it is today, says Dean Sink, Mickey President. “He has always represented our company and our products accurately and professionally in providing the best value and most efficient delivery solutions to our customers. Jimmy took our van body business from a local position to a national presence. Some of the most popular brands in America are now delivered on a Mickey van body.”

“Selling the Mickey brand has been an honor for two reasons – the quality of our products and our 100 percent dedication to our customers,” says Jimmy.

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Mickey makes front page news in PA

Story about Mickey’s Berwick, PA plant appeared on front page of local newspaper.

The PRESS ENTERPRISE daily newspaper in Berwick, PA featured Mickey Truck Bodies on page one “above the fold” in a feature story detailing the company’s growth and plans for expansion in the northeastern U.S.

Mickey’s van body plant opened last year just outside Berwick to serve the growing Northeast market with its custom-built dry freight van bodies. The facility is primarily building bodies for Enterprise Truck Rental, one of its largest customers. Currently the Mickey PA plant employs 18 full-time team members but is aggressively recruiting new members to keep up with a more ambitious production schedule. In August Mickey Berwick held a Job Fair at its plant that was attended by about 30 job seekers from all backgrounds and most with prior manufacturing experience, including “some really good prospects,” says David Bohannon, Production Supervisor at the Berwick plant.

Within three years Mickey plans to have 50 full-time team members at the Berwick facility producing up to 50 truck bodies per week.

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Safety first – then seconds on pizza

The Mickey Truck Bodies Team recently celebrated a company-record 410 straight accident-free days with a lunch-time pizza party at its High Point manufacturing campus.

In photo, Mickey CEO Dean Sink (left) and VP Matt Sink model the tee-shirt that all employees received to commemorate the milestone.

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Mickey is a regular stop on leadership tour

Mickey VP Matt Sink addresses 2018 Class of Leadership High Point during tour of the Mickey plant.

The Leadership High Point (NC) Class, a Chamber of Commerce program that offers participants “insider” access to top-level business, civic and government leaders, recently toured Mickey Truck Bodies’ manufacturing complex in High Point as part of its 2018 curriculum.

Established in 1982, Leadership High Point is a 10-month program of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce that transforms actively engaged citizens and leaders into community champions and ambassadors. The average class size each year is 45 participants from a wide range of industries, organizations, companies and positions.

“Mickey Truck Bodies originally joined the High Point Chamber in 1955, and it is a wonderful family-owned and -operated company that is a true partner in the High Point community,” says Megan Oglesby, Manager of Leadership & Member Engagement for the High Point Chamber. “Our Leadership class first visited Mickey in 2016 and the feedback from the participants was so positive we had to make the company a staple in the program. Mickey’s leadership always does a fantastic job explaining and illustrating the operations of the company. We value Mickey Truck Bodies not only for the jobs it provides in our community but also for the true partner it is in making High Point a great place to live, work and play.”

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In-Sink: A very good place to work

Dean Sink

By Dean Sink, Mickey President
The shortest story in this issue of The Mickey Spirit might be the most telling about the kind of company we are: “Safety first.” Imagine a company in the heavy manufacturing industry going 410 straight days without a lost-time accident. That’s unheard of unless, of course, you’re Mickey Truck Bodies. We work here in a safety-first environment; teammate safety is our No. 1 priority and we mean it.

Safety-first has a great rippling effect throughout the company. Our teammates come to work every day and work safely and efficiently and that helps us maintain high levels of productivity. When we are productive our workmanship is excellent and that drives quality. When we have a full work force every day we can keep up with schedules and our customers get their trucks where and when they need them.

We offer a safe, clean work environment. We offer excellent benefits and pay. We take care of our teammates. And they take care of us. They stick around; some, like Jimmy Hiatt, for as long as 32 years. Some even longer. In those 32 years Jimmy helped build Mickey into a national brand in the van body marketplace, where before van bodies were a stepchild of our flagship sideload body and trailer business. David Perry has been with Mickey for all of 6 years, and he is well on his way to establishing his legacy by making us better at buying, costing and pricing.

We have very good people here at Mickey. That’s because we’re a very good place to work.

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Corporate reorg improves efficiency, innovation

Matt Sink (left) and Noel DiBona

JUNE 2018 — Mickey Truck Bodies has reorganized two key responsibilities to improve its operational performance and efficiency, while at the same time sharpening its focus on product and process innovation and creativity.

Matt Sink, VP Corporate Operations, will now oversee the Engineering Team, and Noel DiBona, previously responsible for Engineering, has moved into the newly-created position of Vice President, Innovation. Both Matt and Noel will continue reporting directly to Dean Sink, President & CEO. Sean Gilboy, Beverage/EV Product Manager, and Brandon Miller, Van Product/MEV Manager, now report directly to Matt. Nick Pfeifer, Sr. Product Development Engineer, will continue reporting to Noel.

“By restructuring the Engineering Team under Matt, he now has oversight for the company’s total product operations,” says Dean. “This move will improve the operational efficiencies and productivity of each team and improve the communications between all the teams.

“Innovation will drive Mickey to the next level of excellence within the truck body and trailer manufacturing industry,” adds Dean. “In his new role, Noel will lead our efforts in finding new ways to help Mickey and its customers improve productivity and profitability.”

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