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Aim Employees Participate in ‘Panerathon’ for a Great Cause

Posted on September 25th, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Aim employees and their families put their soles to the pavement for a great cause during the recently held Panerathon in Youngstown, Ohio.

What is the Panerathon? It’s a 10K run or a two-mile run or walk put on by Panera Bread that benefits the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center (JACBCC). It also happens to be the largest community fundraiser in Youngstown.

To give you an idea of the event’s scope: In 2017, 11,000 participants, spectators, sponsors and community supporters raised $410,000. To date, including this year’s numbers, the Panerathon has raised more than $2.5 million, which made possible JACBCC’s state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit, the first mobile unit in eastern Ohio to offer 3D mammography, a less invasive, more informative technology.

This year, the Aim squad was one of more than 5,000 teams. Our walkers sported Aim-sponsored T-shirts with the team name “Hakuna Ma Tatas,” a fun play on the popular feelgood phrase “Hakuna Matata” from Disney’s “The Lion King.”

“As a breast cancer survivor, it’s heartening to see such an amazing turnout,” said Aim Human Resource Generalist Cris Pinter. “The human resolve on display here is an uplifting reminder that no one is alone in their fight; we’re all in it together.”

Team Hakuna Ma Tatas joined the morning pre-race festivities, which included food, music, a flash mob and informational booths before stepping up to the starting line at 10 a.m.

All in all, it took the Aim team about 45 minutes to walk the two-mile route—a slightly protracted time thanks to a pit-stop to pet some goats.

According to the Panerathon website, this year’s fundraiser, in spite of the scorching temperatures, was a record-breaking year across the board. It saw the largest attendance numbers and raised more money than any other year.

“This is a great event for a worthy cause,” said Aim Virtual Service Manager and Team Captain Tony Sparrow. “It’s incredible what can be accomplished when a community comes together to work toward such a noble goal.”

For more information about the Panerathon and how you can get involved, visit panerathon.org .

Team Hakuna Ma Tatas gather for a group photo before stepping up to the starting line.

Aim employees and family members pose for a team picture.

A jam-packed crowd eagerly await the green-light to begin the course.

A river of runners and walkers navigate the Panerathon course through downtown Youngstown, Ohio.

Aim Human Resource Generalist Cris Pinter spotted an Aim truck parked along the course.

Pictured are Aim Virtual Facility Service Manager Frank Pauley and his wife, Rachel Pauley, along with their two daughters.

Aim employees (front to back) Kortnie Stoudt, Jessica Albert, Danielle Regula and Jennifer Adkins stop for a selfie before stepping onto the course.


Choice Stairways Dives into New Demountable Tech Provided by Aim

Posted on September 17th, 2018

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – Demountable Concepts’ swap-body system could be the next great tech decision that you haven’t considered—yet.

Choice Stairways, a valued Aim customer, has made that decision, recently taking delivery of their new straight trucks installed with Demountable bodies.

“Choice Stairways has been an important member of our family of customers in the Washington D.C. area for 14 years,” said Rick McNerney, Aim Senior Account Manager in Landover, MD. “We’re so pleased to continue our partnership with the delivery of new trucks combined with new Morgan bodies mounted on the Demountable system.”

On delivery day, Demountable Concepts’ Dan Radcliff, Technical Support Director, and Gerry Hazzard, National Account Executive, joined Aim’s Rick McNerney; Rob Treesh, Service Manager; and Dan Fleming, Regional VP of Sales to demonstrate the proper and safe mounting and demounting procedures for their eight new bodies. It was an exciting moment in spite of the rain.

In case you’re not familiar, Demountable Concepts’ system works like this: Instead of all the components of a straight truck permanently bolted, fastened and welded together, this unique technology allows the chassis to separate from the box, similar to how a tractor trailer operates.

It’s an innovative spin on an old concept.

“The new Demountable System will allow us to load our completed staircases into the bodies at our plant while the trucks are still on the road making deliveries,” said Tom Jones, Executive Vice President of Choice Stairways. “We no longer have to store the completed product in valuable warehouse space for loading at night. We feel the efficiencies gained will not only improve our operating margins, but less handling of the staircases will increase safety and quality.”

Choice Stairways is a leading-edge stair and rail manufacturer. Located in Southern Maryland, Choice Stairways serves all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Excelling in all types of stairs and balustrades, their great team has the experience, technology and artisans to manufacture circular, curved, spiral and straight staircases along with complimentary balustrades for residential, commercial and remodeling projects.

Aim is thrilled to have teamed up with Demountable Systems to provide this highly efficient technology to Choice Stairways. We’re proud to work with an expansive network of equipment manufacturers to offer truly customized solutions for our partners. This is yet another way Aim differentiates itself from the competition.

To find out how Aim can increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of your transportation operation, visit us at www.aimntls.com or contact us at 1-800-321-9038.

Demountable Concepts Technical Support Director Dan Radcliff (left, standing) leads the Choice Stairways team in a preliminary overview of the swap-body system.

The Choice Stairways team gets their first hands-on experience with their new equipment.

Left to right facing the camera – Dan Radcliff, Demountable Concepts Technical Support Director; Gerry Hazzard, Demountable Concepts National Account Executive; and Rob Treesh, Aim Service Manager, demonstrate how to properly deploy the system’s landing legs.

Everyone gathers to look at the underbody of the equipment and discover an unexpected benefit—relief from the rain!

Pictured, left to right, are Aim Senior Account Manager Rick McNerney, Choice Stairways President and Owner Ken Cleaver and Choice Stairways Executive Vice President Tom Jones.


Aim Opens New Convenient Location in Northern Ohio

Posted on September 13th, 2018

Aim is proud to announce its new location in Tiffin, OH. This new site is part of our on-going mission: to deliver unparalleled transportation solutions to businesses far and wide.

The address is 324 4 th Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio 44883.

You may have noticed Aim has been blanketing Ohio (along with various regions across the U.S.) with locations that are both tactical and practical. We recently broke ground for a new location in Troy, OH.

These locations are tactical in that they’re perfectly situated to serve current customers while attracting new ones; practical in their Swiss Army knife-like usefulness, offering handy locations for servicing vehicles, signing new deals, providing consultation and renting commercial trucks and equipment.

“Our Tiffin location will be great for existing and potential clients alike,” said Aim Regional Vice President Joe Telega said. “With customer service being our primary focus at Aim, the Tiffin location will go far in streamlining and enhancing the customer experience in the region.”

Aim offers an exhaustive menu of services, such as full-service truck and equipment leasing, commercial rentals, dedicated logistics and numerous maintenance programs, all with family-owned attention and care. We’re thrilled to bring all of this and more to businesses in Tiffin and surrounding areas.

Our reach extends far beyond our physical locations. We have the ability to provide many of our services to every corner of the country. Use the Request Quote button to find out how a partnership with Aim can bolster your transportation operation.

For a complete list of Aim locations, click here.


Aim Summer 2018 Newsletter

Posted on September 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 Summer 2018 newsletter has been released.


Aim Tests New Eaton Transmission Technology

Posted on September 4th, 2018

MARSHALL, MI – Representatives from Aim traveled to the Eaton Proving Grounds, a 600-acre tract of test facilities and test tracks tucked away in the rolling fields of Marshall, MI, to learn about Eaton’s new transmission technology from a user and service perspective.

This new technology is partly a result of the ongoing driver shortage, a reverberation that has left no part of the transportation industry untouched. Many fleets require, or are starting to require, automatic transmissions, hoping the ease of automatic versus manual will attract drivers to come drive for them.

But while new technology might increase the ease of driving for the user, it comes with its own set of challenges from a service standpoint—like ensuring technicians across the board have the know-how to service new tech.

Needless to say, the hands-on experience at Eaton’s Proving Grounds gave Aim valuable insight into the equipment, keeping our maintenance staff at the leading-edge of the industry.

“We must ensure we are always evaluating equipment options to make sure Aim offers specs that best meet our customers’ needs,” said Aim Director of Maintenance Aaron Chamberlin. “These evaluations come twofold: We want to guarantee a great experience from a user standpoint, and we also need to consider our ability to service the equipment and maximize uptime.”

Aim personnel got the ins and outs of the machinery, like the transmissions’ specifications and their required maintenance intervals. They were also able to test it from the user’s end, taking vehicles equipped with the new transmissions onto the test tracks.

Three transmissions were tested: the Procision automatic transmission built for medium-duty vehicles; the Advantage automated transmission for heavy-duty vehicles; and the Endurant, also automated and built for heavy-duty use.

“The features of the Procision transmission proved to be extremely user friendly in all simulated conditions,” said Chamberlin, “and the Advantage transmission improves upon a system we’re already familiar with.” The Endurant, Chamberlin continued, “is an innovative automated transmission that has been engineered to increase uptime; the design limits the exposure of its critical components to the polarized elements trucks face across the country.”

Aim Vice President of Purchasing Geoff Fleming, Aim Regional Director of Maintenance LeRoy Casali and Chamberlin led a brief maintenance meeting that covered topics such as goals for 2019, safety, the Aim apprentice program and focal points for service departments.

Trips like these are part of the Aim difference: working with an assortment of equipment manufactures to provide our customers customized solutions to their transportation challenges, all the while staying at the forefront of the industry. This fusion of options, knowledge and flexibility is part of what sets Aim apart from the competition.

Pictured, left to right, are Ken Wells, Regional Director of Maintenance; LeRoy Casali, Regional Director of Maintenance; Paul Jackson, Regional Director of Maintenance; Aaron Chamberlin, Director of Maintenance; Rick Hornberger, Regional Director of Maintenance; Nick Martin, Regional Director of Maintenance; Vince Carcione, Regional Director of Maintenance; Chris Disantis, Director of Training & Technical Support; Geoff Fleming, Vice President of Purchasing; Steve Shacklock, Warranty Manager; Kevin Cummings, Regional Director of Maintenance.





Aim Vice President of Purchasing Geoff Fleming takes to the Eaton test track to tryout the new transmission technology.





One of Eaton’s test tractors poised to make a run around the track.


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