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Fitter, healthier, happier employees is goal of Wellness Center

Announcing the opening of the Mickey Wellness Center are (from left): Care Providers Louann Sandell, RN and Catherine Miller, PA-C, and Matt Sink, Mickey CEO.

Mickey Truck Bodies and Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) have teamed up to bring quality health care on-site to the Mickey team. The new Employee Wellness Clinic is located in the company’s beverage production building on the main manufacturing campus in High Point, NC. The clinic is staffed by licensed providers from Wake Forest Baptist Health, including Physician Assistants and Registered Nurses, who are equipped to handle sick visits; COVID-19, flu and strep tests; wellness exams; and health management programs among many other services.

The clinic was scheduled to open last year, according to Heather Hankins, Mickey’s Human Resources Manager. “The COVID pandemic and stay-at-home orders happened and the company and the medical community shifted focus to ensure the resources needed to battle COVID was a priority,” she says. “COVID has changed our definition of ‘normal,’ and as we adjust to the change, wellness for our essential workers is a priority.”

The mission of the clinic “is to provide health and wellness care targeted to our employees needs with the convenience of not having to take time off work,” Heather points out. “An acute medical problem can require a half-day off from work. The onsite clinic lessens the burden for an employee to miss time from work while still gaining solutions to their wellness and medical needs. We will offer different wellness focuses throughout the year to encourage employees manage their wellness.

WFBH is a leading academic health system based in Winston-Salem, NC. It’s 2 main components are an integrated clinical system that includes five community hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research.

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Mickey delivers (and picks up, too!)

Reconditioned bodies on a trailer ready for delivery.

Mickey’s Northeast Fleet Services Center picked up two used 6-bay Isuzu beverage bodies from separate locations (Baltimore, MD and Lakewood, NJ) and delivered them both to their new home in Waterbury, CT. In between the three stops, the Freehold, NJ-based Center put the two units through a bumper-to-bumper reconditing program, including a thorough mechanical inspection, body repairs, and full detailing. For door-to-door service … call Mickey.

Rob Piotrowski, GM Northeast Fleet Services Center, Freehold, NJ (800-938-5181)
Kyle McLaughlin, GM Mid-Atlantic Fleet Services Center, Thomasville, NC (800-334-9061)
Robert Badely, GM Southeast Fleet Services, Ocala, FL (800-276-5891)
Mike Parker, GM, Midwest Fleet Services Center, Bloomington, IL (800-791-6965)
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United Way recognizes Mickey … again

Mickey Truck Bodies has been recognized as a “Spirit of North Carolina” award winner for its outstanding 2020 United Way campaign. This is the third straight year the Mickey team has been honored with the United Way’s Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence and long-Term impact. 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.
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A Wellness Center just for the ‘health’ of it 

By Matt Sink, CEO

Matt Sink

“Employee-first” is not just a mantra at Mickey Truck Bodies, it’s a company-wide commitment to ensure that the safety, health, and wellness of the Mickey team is our number one corporate priority. That means more than providing proper PPE and a clean and safe work environment, which we are focused on every single day. Putting our employees first also means helping them stay healthy and helping them get better – quickly and clinically – when they are feeling ill or experience a workplace injury.

But while the Wellness Center is staffed and equipped to serve our employees’ immediate medical needs on-site, its creation reflects Mickey’s overall corporate vision and strategic objectives. The ongoing health and wellness of our teammates is a long-term goal. Our strategic partner in this latest endeavor – Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH), is an expert in personal health and wellness. Under its guidance we will continue to meet our health and wellness objectives now and in the future.

One of the many lessons we learned from the Covid crisis is the importance of keeping essential workers healthy and able to work to supply products and services that people require to live. The Mickey Wellness Center is a major step in that direction, especially in what is expected to be the “new normal” of the post pandemic. But at Mickey, “employees-first” will always be the norm.

You can read more about the details of our new Wellness Center in this issue of The Mickey Spirit.

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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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