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New reefer van body ideal for city deliveries

Smooth sidewalls on Mickey’s new refrigerated van body are great for decal application and appearance.

Mickey Truck Bodies has designed a new refrigerated van body (reefer) featuring thermal-efficient composite panels on the roof, walls and floor that maintain the inside temperature from 0 degrees to 32 degrees F more efficiently than conventional panels. The bodies also use smooth sidewalls (no fasteners) which provide for easier decal application and an outstanding “billboard” appearance. The unit is ideally suited for making deliveries in tight city markets.

Standard features include insulated roll-up rear doors, E-Track cargo constraints and food grade interior walls.

The company is currently building the unit in a 16-foot length, but longer versions are on the drawing board, according to Tom Arland, Vice President of Beverage, Van and Specialty Vehicle Sales at Mickey.

Every new reefer unit Mickey manufactures is thoroughly evaluated for thermal efficiency to ensure that the cargo is maintained at precisely the required temperature.

Click HERE for full details of the features and options available on the new Mickey Truck Bodies reefer van body.

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3 join exclusive Mickey club

Dean Sink (center) with newest members of Mickey’s 40-Year Club, from left: Reggie Horne, Debbie Deal and Rocky Barham.

Reggie Horne (Quality) Debbie Deal (Sales) and Rocky Barham (Parts) joined Mickey Truck Bodies’ exclusive 40-Year Club earlier this year, marking their four decades of service to the company. The only other active 40-year veteran at Mickey is Willie Brown (Scheduling), with 42 years.

Mickey Truck Bodies has long been recognized for its outstanding employee service records. Over 20% of Mickey’s total workforce of 400-plus teammates have been with the company for at least 15 years, including 15 who have logged 30 or more years of Mickey service. More than 40% of all team members have been with the company for at least 5 years as of the beginning of 2017.

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Culligan dealers look to Mickey for innovation

Steve Mason chats with Culligan dealers at the Mickey booth.

Hundreds of Culligan dealers from the U.S. and Canada attended their recent 2017 Convention & Product Fair in St. Louis looking for innovative new ideas in bottled water delivery, and as usual, Mickey Truck Bodies did not disappoint them.

“Mickey has been a supporter and strategic partner of Culligan for many years,” says Steve Mason, Mickey’s Midwest Regional Manager. “Dealers made it a point to express their appreciation for our long-time service and support.” From mini bodies with Mickey-designed “flip-out steps” to reinforced floors, door panels, lift gates and custom bay depths to accommodate salt and bottled water racks, Culligan dealers “really understand and value the thought and expertise that we put into designing bodies that make their jobs easier and safer,” Steve points out.

The “show stopper” at this year’s event was Mickey’s new E-Door (electronic door). “All of the dealers were very excited by the prospects of an automatic roll-up door that will reduce common driver shoulder and back injuries. Just the touch of a button on a single key FOB will open and close the door safely and quickly.”

Joe Rudolph, Director of Business Development for Roush CleanTech, a division of Roush Enterprises, joined the Mickey team at the Culligan gathering to discuss how alternative fuels technologies, such as propane, can significantly reduce the total cost of vehicle ownership while also lowering emissions and enhancing market value and recognition.

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Engineering Team expands by 2

From left: Justin Graves, Molly Norman and Sean Gilboy

Mickey Truck Bodies has expanded its Engineering Team with the addition of two new experienced designers – Sean Gilboy, Mechanical Design Engineer, and Justin Graves, Mechanical Designer. They both report to Marlowe Bright, Automation & Production Engineering Manager.

Sean, a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, was most recently a Senior Design Engineer with Beta Fueling Systems, a Reidsville, NC-based major supplier of refueling equipment to the aviation industry. Overall he has over 20 years of experience in mechanical design taking products from concept to production and holds several patents in his field. Sean earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at Parks College of Saint Louis University, and is currently pursuing an M.S. Engineering Degree at North Carolina State. At Mickey he is assigned to both Emergency Vehicles (EV) and Beverage equipment.

Prior to Mickey, Justin worked in product design for Leggett & Platt, a leader in the manufacture of home furnishings machinery and a large supplier of a wide range of products and components for the home, including mattress springs and carpet cushion. He earned his AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Guilford Tech and is also a Certified SolidWorks Associate and experienced tool designer. Justin is assigned to Mickey’s EV product line.

In another move, Molly Norman, Engineering Assistant, has been given additional responsibility on the Epicor Implementation Project, where she is working closely with Kevin Gentle, CAD/PDM System Administrator, to bring the Epicor Engineering Workbench to fruition.

“We have a tremendous diversity of talent on this Engineering Team,” says Noel DiBona, VP Engineering, R&D & Customer Service. “When we combine our individual expertise into a cohesive effort, there’s no limit to what we can create. Every time we add an experienced, qualified engineer, we are able to set the bar even higher when it comes to designing better solutions for our customers and getting these solutions to market faster and more economically.”

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Mickey CEO honored by JDRF

Dean Sink accepts SuperStar Award from JDRF’s Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh and Eric Durham.

The Piedmont Triad (NC) Chapter of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) presented its first-ever “SuperStar Award” to Dean Sink, President/CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies, who served as Corporate Chair for the High Point One Walk on April 29, 2017. Under Dean’s leadership the Walk broke records for dollars raised and number of participants – including individual walkers and corporate sponsors. Dean was also elected as a Chapter Board member to serve a 2-year term.

“Finding a cure for type 1 diabetes is a cause Dean wholeheartedly believes in, and he knows that involving more people means we’ll get to that cure more quickly,” says Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh, Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Chapter. “From the minute he agreed to serve as Chair, Dean jumped in with both feet, rallying tremendous support for JDRF throughout the community. Dean led the High Point Walk to the most incredible results ever in terms of corporate sponsors, number of fundraising teams, number of walkers, and obviously overall money raised. So we created the ‘JDRF SuperStar’ Award just for him.”

“I know that JDRF research has made a huge difference for children and adults who live with this disease day in and day out,” says Dean. “This is a very important cause that I am happy to support — and happy to enlist others to join me.”

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, and has committed over $2 billion to research since its founding in 1970. The organization is currently sponsoring $568 million in charitable research, including 50 active clinical trial, in 18 countries. The Piedmont Triad Chapter covers 14 North Carolina counties.

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Midwest Recon takes home the ‘Silver’

Josh Soto, EHS Manager (center, right), presents Silver Certificate to Mike Parker, Midwest GM.

The Mickey Truck Bodies Midwest Reconditioning & Services Team in Bloomington, IL has received the NC Silver Certificate of Safety Achievement Award for 2016. The team is working on an accident-free record of 238 days (at press time) and also showed a reduction in safety audit items found during its annual training & audit conducted by Josh Soto, Mickey’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager.

The rigorous annual audits and training program, which are conducted in all Mickey manufacturing and recon facilities, cover several key areas, including crane training; fall protection; DOT roadside inspection; hazard communication; hearing conservation; Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); respirator requirements; forklift and scissor lift training & inspections; emergency action training; fire prevention & housekeeping; and first aid & blood borne pathogen, among others.

“The Midwest Team has truly made safety its top priority,” says Josh. “We had a few new hires to help us keep up with our business growth in that market, and the more tenured guys on the team really helped bring them up to speed.”

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Dinner with a former First Daughter

Jenna Bush Hager (center), daughter of former President George W. Bush and a correspondent on NBC’s Today Show, is flanked by Mickey teammates at The Salvation Army of High Point’s Champion of Hope dinner this spring. Ms. Hager is a best-selling author and Chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation. In her keynote message during the evening focused on how lives can be changed with compassion, community support and educational opportunities. Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush are strong supporters of The Salvation Army. From left: Mickey’s Margie Richardson, Kika James, Gail Wells, Bush, Genesis Diaz, Gina Huffman, Dana Layne, Lisa Brunton.

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In Sink: Feels like family

Dean Sink

By Dean Sink, Mickey President

3 x 40 = 120. That’s pretty simple math. But it’s a very significant number.

It’s the number of combined years that Reggie Horne, Debbie Deal and Rocky Barham have worked here at Mickey Truck Bodies – all three celebrated their 40-year Mickey anniversaries over the past couple of months.

I don’t know this for a fact but I am willing to wager that on the day they joined Mickey, none of these three Mickey teammates thought they would spend four decades with the same company – buying homes and raising families and dealing with life’s ups and downs all while coming to work every day for Mickey Truck Bodies in High Point, NC. Two things have to happen for a person to stay at one company for 40 years: #1. It must be a great company to work for; and #2. The person must be a great employee (or in the case of Mickey Truck Bodies, a great teammate).

Another one of our teammates will hit the 40-year Mickey mark later this year. (I’ll let you know who it is when the time comes.) And in addition to our three current 40-year veterans, 12 Mickey teammates have been with the company for at least 30 years.

Mickey has been a family-owned and –operated business for 113 years. When you have as many loyal teammates as we have, it always feels like family.

Happy reading.

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It’s ‘Party Time’ for Comer Distributing

Chip Comer calls the Mickey Party Time trailer the “Cadillac” of event trailers. He even attached the Cadillac emblem to his Party Time.

Comer Distributing, a beer wholesaler in Rock Hill, SC, likes to party. More aptly, the company likes to have its wide range of domestic, craft and imported brews from around the world served icy cold without disruption at major parties and events throughout its seven surrounding counties.

Keeping the beer cold and flowing freely can be a tough task when the crowds of thirsty patrons number in the thousands and the temperatures run high. But for Comer Distributing, that job recently became “much easier and much more pleasant,” says company President Chip Comer. That’s because earlier this year Comer purchased a new Mickey Party Time event trailer from High Point, NC-based Mickey Truck Bodies.

Almost immediately after making the purchase, Comer put the new Party Time trailer to the test. Its maiden voyage was the Ninth Annual World Beer Festival in Columbia, SC in February, held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. With the craft beer scene in South Carolina in the midst of a major growth boom, the event’s sponsors had to change the 2017 venue to the Fairgrounds from its previous home at the much smaller Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The Mickey Party Time trailer had no trouble keeping up with the crowds.

Crowd at Beer Festival in Columbia, SC.

“Probably 5,000 people came through the event that day,” says Chip. “The beer lines were long but they moved through quickly because the beer was pouring perfectly – all 16 taps – eight on each side, representing all four of our Charleston breweries. The people loved the lights and music coming from the trailer, and most of all they loved the ice cold beer. We even had some other distributors come by who were really wowed by the Party Time trailer. They wanted to know where it came from. It was kind of comical but I told them it’s definitely a ‘Cadillac.’ I even attached the Cadillac crest on the side of the unit.” (See photo)

While the Mickey Party Time event trailer “makes an impressive statement from the outside,” Chip says it’s the user-friendly and roomy design – “and of course the excellent Mickey craftsmanship” — that set it apart from competitive models. “You can completely stand up inside the Party Time trailer, whereas in other trailers you’re constantly leaning over while you’re working, and that’s really tough on the back when you’re moving kegs around. The work space inside the Party Time, the wide double doors in the back and the shelves up front to store tools and equipment all make our job much easier and much more pleasant. We set the temperature required by the brands and it holds steady; works perfectly. It’s reliable all the time.”

Comer has been running the Party Time trailer at events virtually non-stop for all of April and is already booked through May. “Wherever we show up, our brewery reps are impressed by the presence the trailer gives their brands at these events,” according to Chip. “They tell us: ‘when you do an event, you really do it right!’”

So does the Mickey Party Time event trailer.

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