John Ogden of Power Distributing Visits Aim in Elmhurst, IL

Posted on June 25th, 2018

John Ogden of Power Distributing, an Aim customer since 2006, recently visited our Aim shop in Elmhurst, Illinois, to check on the progress of the 19 body swaps we’re working on for them this year.

Twelve years ago, Aim Senior Account Executive Kerry Langlois signed Power Distributing’s business, which began as a buyout of a handful of gas units in which we leased several of the vehicles back to them. Since then Langlois has continued to work with the company and has helped it swell into a partnership of 98 lease units in two states.

Power Distributing delivers Red Bull energy drinks, servicing the greater Chicagoland, Rockford, Peoria, Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan areas. Since its founding in 2000, the company has grown into one of the largest Red Bull distributors in the U.S.

Success like this takes a quality staff with a proven record of achievement. And it also takes a dependable, efficient fleet to keep up with a growing business.

In today’s ever-changing climate of specialized products, demands and services, transportation for businesses is far more complicated than simply handing a customer the keys to a vehicle and sending them on their way. Today, rather, truck leasing companies must go beyond the truck, providing a solution for your transportation challenges—so goes Aim’s motto.

Efficiency, when it comes to trucks, can be an enigmatic term. This idea can mean any number of things, like gas mileage for instance. But to Aim it also means the day-to-days businesses face.

In the case of Aim’s partnership with Power Distributing, they require a custom lease: refrigerated bodies and Espar heaters. And now we’re also incorporating a foldout step on the back of their vehicles. Ogden came up with the additional step for the convenience of his drivers. Then Morgan Truck Body worked with Aim and Ogden to design and implement it.

It also helps, particularly with companies like Power Distributing, that Aim is the only true leasing company with mechanics certified to work on refrigeration equipment.

Aim is elated to have close, ongoing partnerships with excellent customers like Power Distributing, whom we do many outings and events with.

Wondering what Aim can do for you and your business? Reach out to us here.

Ted Richter & John Ogden

Pictured (left to right) are Ted Richter, Aim Working Foreman, and John Ogden, of Power Distributing.

Fold out steps ready for use.

This photo shows the foldout steps, designed by Morgan Truck Body, Aim and Power Distributing’s John Ogden, in their out position ready for use.

May Steps Up to Key Training & Support Position

Posted on June 14th, 2018

Since the 1990s, Aim employees have relied on Enrich software to mange many elements of vehicle maintenance, from repairs to parts inventories, warranties, purchase orders and much more.

With the recent appointment of Scherry May as Enrich Training and Support Manager, Aim expects to unlock even more of this technology’s benefits.

“Enrich is a critical part of what we do day-in and day-out, and really one of the most valuable tools we have in the company,” said Geoff Fleming, vice president of purchasing. “Scherry will help make sure we’re getting the most of this tool.”

“She has both a deep understanding of our maintenance department and also a deep understanding of Enrich and how we use it. She has been doing a lot of this already, and this [promotion] recognizes that and formalizes it.”

In addition to training new technicians in the powerful maintenance management software, Scherry will train veteran techs on new enhancements of the tool.

She will also verify vehicle and maintenance information the system uses and serve as a resource for Enrich questions and issues.

Scherry as been with Aim since October 1998. She was most recently an associate in the maintenance department.

Pictured is Scherry May, our newly promoted Enrich Training and Support Manager.

Aim Spring 2018 Newsletter

Posted on June 7th, 2018

Once a quarter, Aim releases a newsletter featuring content on the company as well as the transportation industry. These newsletters are designed to inform our customers, employees, and the world on what’s happening within Aim Leasing Company, Aim Integrated Logistics, and Aim Services Co. Recent events within Aim or involving customers, acquisitions, promotions, human interest pieces, and often times important employee information from HR is all circulated from this news vehicle. In addition, there is a letter from the president of the company, Tom Fleming, in each quarterly. We hope you enjoy!
Get all the latest news HERE! Aim’s Spring 2018 newsletter has been released.

TRALA Recognizes Aim Driver for Exceptional Driving and Community Service

Posted on May 31st, 2018

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) has recognized Aim driver Daniel Kinsman for his commitment to exceptional driving and community service that benefit the truck renting and leasing industry and respective communities.

“The honor I feel to be nominated for this award, I can’t put into words; it was, and still is, unbelievable,” Kinsman said. “I am also extremely humbled to be among other drivers who are counted as being amongst the best in the industry, despite my record not being near as accomplished as the others’. I don’t know how to convey how honored I truly am to have been chosen to represent Aim.”

Kinsman has been with Aim for 1½ years and drives for Aim Integrated customer Youngstown Pipe & Steel (YPS), out of Youngstown, OH, whose customers Kinsman is committed to taking care of.

Kinsman also trains Aim’s new YPS and apprentice drivers. And because of his positive attitude, patience and knowledge, Aim’s Operations and Safety departments rely on Dan to be “the face of Aim,” often pairing him with new drivers on their first days.

“Dan Kinsman shows up every morning ready to work, and most importantly, ready to work safely,” Mark Pelini, of Youngstown Pipe & Steel, said. “He takes care of one of our more difficult routes, and we truly appreciate Dan’s daily work ethic and communication. We at YPS want to congratulate Mr. Kinsman on his nomination for this great award and look forward to our continued work relationship for a long time.”

For those who know Kinsman, they’re probably not surprised by his adeptness behind the wheel. It is, after all, in his blood. His mother, who sadly passed away last year, was an over-the-road trucker and raised him in the truck, even going as far as to “homeschool” him while on the road. She did this for 16 years before becoming a driver instructor at New Castle School of Trades, in New Castle, PA.

And when he’s not in the driver’s seat? Well he’s still committed to trucking. In fact, he spends much of his free time developing new technologies for the industry and is currently working on obtaining a patent for a new suspension system he’s been working on for years.

Even with Kinsman’s extraordinary dedication to trucking, he still finds time to be an active participant in a Youngstown outreach program, where he helps the area’s homeless population.

Kinsman also spent four years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps.

“Dan Kinsman is one our best and brightest drivers at Aim. It is truly a pleasure working with someone that represents himself and Aim so well,” Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy said.

According to TRALA, this year, the organization received 21 nominations, of which 20 drivers will be receiving certificates of merit for their outstanding service. These 20 drivers logged over 25 million miles, which includes city and over-the-road driving and have already earned statewide and company recognition for their safe driving careers.

Aim, as well as the transportation industry as a whole, is extremely fortunate to have individuals like Dan on the road and serving their communities.

Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy (left) presents TRALA Certificate of Excellence to Aim Integrated/Youngstown Pipe & Steel Driver Daniel Kinsman and are joined by Aim Integrated Operations Dispatcher Ralph Wilson.

Two Aim Finalists Place in the Top Three in the Final Round of NationaLease Tech Challenge

Posted on May 23rd, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC – The NationaLease Tech Challenge, now in its eighth year, recognizes member company technicians with the opportunity to show off their abilities in a series of events testing their maintenance knowledge and skills, and in March, Aim announced it had four technicians place first in the preliminary round of this event: Those winners were Bob Mrzyglod, out of Buffalo, NY; John Norwood, Elmhurst, IL; Ray Evans, Canton, OH; and Steven Vought, Loveland, CO.

Last week, on May 15, our winners took their talents to Charlotte, NC, for the final round of this NationaLease event, and Aim is pleased to share that Bob Mrzyglod grabbed second place, and John Norwood landed in third.

But it doesn’t end there.

The week of September 16, Bob and John will go on to compete for tech glory in Orland, FL, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s National Technician Skills Competition (TMCSuperTech).

The TMCSuperTech is the premier skills competition for the best-of-the-best commercial vehicle technicians. During the two-day event, competitors will compete in a series of written and hands-on challenges.

Best of luck in Orlando, Bob and John!

Pictured, from left to right, are Leroy Casali, Regional Maintenance Director; Ray Evans, mechanic, Canton, OH; John Norwood, mechanic, Elmhurst, IL; Bob Mrzyglod, mechanic, Buffalo, NY; Steve Vought, mechanic, Loveland, CO; Justin Torgeson, Gainesville, GA; Chris Disantis, Director Corporate Training.

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