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Aim Hosts Safety Meeting and Competition for Illinois-based Columbus Vegetable Oils

Posted on August 10th, 2018

DES PLAINES, IL – Recently, Aim hosted a safety meeting and “truck rodeo” for our customer Columbus Vegetable Oils at its base of operation in Des Plaines, IL. The event was part of the company’s annual safety meeting put on by Aim Safety Manager John Rugarber.

This year, however, was to be different than just the usual classroom setting.

Along with discussing safety topics with Columbus Vegetable Oil drivers, Rugarber enriched the meeting with a “truck rodeo,” which included both a driver skills and pre-trip inspection competition.

Roughly 15 drivers had multiple scoring opportunities in events including backing up to a dock, earning drivers more points the closer they got to the dock without hitting it; U-turn challenges; driving through a narrow lane of cones; stopping the truck’s front bumper as close to a designated marker as possible; and other challenges testing truck driving fundamentals.

The pre-trip inspection event gave each driver an allotted amount of time to inspect a truck and trailer preset with 20 DOT violations. Drivers scored points for each violation they discovered.

“The drivers appreciated the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of their peers and superiors,” said Aim Business Development Manager John Matthews, who also attended the day’s events. “The folks at Columbus Vegetable Oils are a great partner and I’m glad they allowed us to do this for them. They were certainly impressed with what John [Rugarber] put together and happy with the results.”

Matthews added, “This is a great example of the added value that Aim provides to our customers/partners. The Aim Safety Department is a major highlight when differentiating Aim from the competition. They are an important resource that greatly impacts our ability to sell Aim as a transportation provider”

Columbus Vegetable Oils has been an Aim customer for five years and has been in business for more than 75 years. They offer a full line of high quality vegetable oils along with vegetable and animal shortenings. For more on them, visit their website at .

For information on how leasing through Aim helps alleviate managing the responsibilities of safety and compliance, contact us through our website,, or call us at 1-800-321-9038.

Front bumper challange

A driver gets graded during the “front-bumper challenge.”

U-Turn course

A driver takes on the U-turn course.

Alley Dock Challange

Picture shows an attempt at the alley dock challenge being made.

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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