Doug Herbert Performance Parts Downsizing Auction
Online Auction Offers Outstanding Values in Shop Tooling and Performance Parts
NHRA Top Fuel Champion Doug Herbert has decided to downsize his performance parts business in order to place more emphasis on his non-profit B.R.A.K.E.S. Foundation Teen Pro-Active Driving Program. Since its beginning in 2008, the B.R.A.K.E.S. Foundation has trained over 11,000 teenage drivers from 28 states and several other countries and has grown to a level where it requires more of Doug’s personal attention.
Iron Horse Auction Company will conduct an online Auction of Doug Herbert Performance Parts Equipment, Tools and Inventory from July 30 through August 6, 2014.
Iron Horse Auction Company will be selling a “like new” engine dynamometer, shop tooling, shop fixtures, warehouse equipment and performance racing parts.
Be assured, Doug Herbert will continue supplying automotive enthusiasts with performance parts, but through a more streamlined and lean business model taking advantage of available technologies to ultimately meet the needs of his customers, thus providing him more time to spend with the B.R.A.K.E.S. Foundation.
When: July 30, 8:00 AM Eastern to August 6, 2 PM Eastern
Where: Doug Herbert Performance Parts
4030 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28092
How: Online Auction Only
Conducted By: Iron Horse Auction Company
174 Airport Road
Rockingham, NC 28379
Inspections: July 22nd – 23rd from 10 am – 4 pm
July 24th from 10 am – 2 pm
For a detailed description of auction items, go to: http://ironhorseauction.com/index.php?ap=1&pid=38542
Apprenticeship – Traditional Program on Today’s Cutting Edge
Develop the People You Need, the Way You Need Them
Technological advancements in diesel engines and drive train components, not to mention advancements in cab design inclusion of more advanced electronic systems have many in the industry asking: “Where will the industry find technicians with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the industry’s changing technologies”?
Another and equally important question is: “What can my company do to assure we have a continuous flow of technicians capable of meeting our maintenance requirements”?
The answer to both questions can be “Apprenticeship Programs”.
Tech Schools do a tremendous job of preparing young people to fill “entry level” positions throughout the transportation industry and it is incumbent upon industry organizations: such as regional “Transportation Maintenance Councils”, industry suppliers, manufacturers and major fleets; to support these technical training institutions.
While obtaining a diploma from a technical school is, by itself, a laudable accomplishment, it only acknowledges the recipient attended the training and performed sufficiently to complete the assigned courses, preparing the graduate for an “entry level” position. Unfortunately that certificate does not guarantee him or her the knowledge and skills necessary to immediately deal with all aspects of the job. Those skills can only be learned through experience on-the-job dealing with those unexpected and unique problems technicians face on a daily basis.
There are opportunities aplenty for “experienced” technicians, those with multiple years of service who have the work experience and learned skills to immediately impact the quality of the employer’s maintenance program. The “want ads” are full of such opportunities. However, those same “want ads” belie another problem within the industry, one that is not often discussed; and that is “employee retention”, for in order to acquire that “skilled” technician he or she will more than likely will be lured from employment with another company.
Studies show technicians stay with an employer an average of 5 to 6 years. Those same studies also show a majority of those technicians, those who found employment away from their home area, will eventually migrate back to within 50 miles of where they began.
Of course there are numerous causes for the transient nature of the technician. Some relate to financial issues or working conditions, both which are an important aspect in employee retention. But some also are the result of the absence of allegence. Allegence, not only to the company, but to their co-workers; the feeling of belonging to a family. The competency of those responding to “want ads” varies from highly qualified to barely qualified and finding the right individual to fill the requirements of the job is, at best, akin to hittng the bullseye on a dartboard from 30 feet. And then there’s no quarentee they will stay.
So what is the solution. One idea being discussed is for those in the Commercial Transportation Industry to initiate apprenticeship programs at all levels.
Why initiate an apprenticeship program?
Apprenticeship programs provide a good return on investment, by ensuring steady access to skilled workers familiar with the company’s procedures and standards. Studies also show employees trained through an apprenticeship program become more productive, which means such employees spend their time contributing to the bottom line, not getting up-to-speed.
Apprenticeship programs have also been shown to foster employee loyalty by demonstrating that their employer values them enough to invest their resources: i.e. time and money; to help them reach their career goals. Technicians trained in your business create skilled and experienced employees, many of whom will stay with the company for the long term.
How do you begin an Apprenticeship Program?
First and foremost decide whether your operating budget allows for the establishment of an apprenticeship program. An apprenticeship program is a “time-intensive” undertaking that combines on-the-job training with some classroom instruction and you should make sure your company is able to financially support, not only the designated apprentice, who by law is required to receive a least minimum wage, but the salary of the designated trainer as well.
Be sure to create a detailed outline of the terms and conditions of the apprenticeship program and make sure to include a list of the skills the apprentice is to learn along with an indication of how much time will be devoted to learning each skill. Finally, be sure to identify who will be providing the training and list the qualifications of that individual.
Making “apprenticeship” part of your business plan is easier than you think.
1. Assess your business requirements
Start by clearly defining the role an apprentice will play within your business and the skills you are looking for in a new employee. Contact your local Technical School, or High School offering Apprenticeship Curriculum, and let them know you are offering apprenticeships. Make sure the school’s program has a certified journeyperson/designated trainer capable and committed to training prospective students to meet your standards and business requirements.
Adding an apprenticeship program is a smart business investment! Just make sure to review the various forms of funding available for employers who choose to hire and train apprentices. Contact your State Department of Commerce Apprenticeship and Training Bureau for information and assistance. They can help you in setting up a successful apprenticeship program.
3. Find candidates for your program.
When you are ready to begin training an apprentice begin by promoting the opportunity within your organization. There may be someone already in your employ who would make an excellent candidate. If you go outside your business, begin by contacting local Technical Schools or High Schools who offer Apprenticeship Curriculum. Qualified candidates can also be found with the assistance of organizations like trade and industry associations and through newspaper and trade magazine ads.
In addition to completing a minimum number of prescribed on-the-job hours of practical experience for each level of training, your apprentice may also be required to attend classroom training in order to achieve State certification. Your State Department of Commerce, Apprenticeship and Training Bureau can provide assistance and will work with your apprentice to develop a schedule that will work for both of you.
6. Monitor your apprentice’s progress
Be sure to document and verify the hours worked by the apprentices in your program. Each time an apprentice is called to attend technical training the hours and date must be noted. Only the hours that are documented will count towards the hours required to complete the practical training component of your apprentice's training.
For more information regarding Apprenticeship Programs contact your State Department of Labor Apprenticeship & Training Bureau or the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.
National Fleet Management Inc. Announces Growth and New Team Members.
April 18, 2014
National Fleet Management Inc. announced a 36% growth in gross sales for 2013 compared to 2012.
President Bill Black is excited about the company’s growth and recognizes the need to increase his talent pool. Bill is anticipating continued and steady growth for 2014, and has been quoted to say “we recognize that structure, strong talent, and tight processes will be the key to our success as we continue to grow”. Bill and his team have focused the later part of 2013 and first quarter of 2014 on efforts of building a strong team to ensure National Fleet Management Inc. is creating that strong foundation. Additionally they are implementing structure and controls to manage the company more effectively and efficiently for the anticipated growth.
National Fleet Management has added several key team members to the company over the past several months. Bill started in October of 2013 with the addition of Sue Johnston as the Director of Operations working from the corporate office in Greensboro. Sue has been instrumental in recruiting the right people, establishing policies, creating procedures, building team culture and leadership development. Sue brings a wealth of operational and management experience to National Fleet Management, Inc. gained through successful careers’ at GE Capital and UACC. Sue has spent most of her career in auto financial service based organizations leading various stages of growth and transition in the US and Asia.
To further support National Fleet Management business growth, Bill is happy to announce:
· Anthony Leviner as Operations Manager at our captive location in Charlotte NC. Anthony has a strong background in fleet management, safety, operations and parts inventory.
· Lora Saintsing as an Invoice Compliance Specialist at our Greensboro location. Lora has a background in accounts receivable, dealership parts and service, and a long history in customer service.
· Ron Wheeler joins Notational Fleet Management Inc. as the Outside Sales Representative for the Charlotte territory with a successful sales background and a strong technical background in the trucking industry.
· James Stacks, Ryan Enzor and Michael Blische also joined the team. James Stacks comes to National Fleet Management Inc. with over twenty years of trucking experience, working for companies such as Mack, Ryder Truck Rental, and Charlotte Truck Center. James has a strong management background coupled with a foundation that is technical service related. James will be assuming the Operation Manager position in the Charlotte location.
National Fleet Management Inc. is also committed to working with the community. In addition to many financial donations to community interest they are also involved with the local community colleges. Bill feels an obligation to offer opportunities to fresh talent, not just seasoned technicians. Michael Blische and Ryan Enzor are an example of just that. Michael recently joined the Greensboro location as a technician apprentice. Michael is on track to complete his degree for diesel mechanic at GTCC this year and is looking forward to a long career with National Fleet Management Inc.. Ryan joined the Charlotte team as a second shift technician. Ryan has two years left on completing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from CPCC.
Bill and his team are truly excited for what is to come in 2014. He has been quoted to say, “We know there is still a lot of work to be done, but the momentum is building. Buckle up!”
National Fleet Management Inc. is a full service repair and maintenance company serving the Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and surrounding areas.
For more information, please contact Bill Black at 704-252-6948.
Carolina Axle Surgeons On Site King Pin Eye Repair Demonstration, January 13, 2014
King Pin Eye Repair - On Your Site, On Your Truck!
When the “eyes” that hold the kingpins become worn and lose shape the result can be excessive vibration and/or shimmy in the front axle making your truck hard to steer, and the consequences can be catastrophic.
If you are experiencing King Pin, Tire Wear or Alignment issues, it may be due to a worn steer axle eye.
Corrective attention now can avoid costly replacement down the road.
Carolina Axle Surgeons provides King Pin Eye Repairs on Your Site, On Your Truck!
Many current axle repair methods require the axle to be removed resulting in extended down time.
With our precision machining process, Carolina Axle Surgeons can repair your worn eyes, even obsolete models; at your site on your truck; and get you back on the road fast!
Carolina Axle Surgeons king pin eye repair process restores your axle eye to its original dimensions with a precision fit repair, leaving your axle eye in “like new” condition, resulting in less tire wear and better steering.
Carolina Axle Surgeons King Pin Eye repair saves hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of a new replacement axle.
Live Demonstration - January 13, 2014
See a demonstration of Carolina Axle Surgeons On Site King Pin Eye Repair at the North Carolina Transportation Maintenance Council meeting on January 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Forsyth Technical Community College Transportation Technology Center, 4255 North Patterson Avenue, Winston Salem, NC 27105. (Directions: US Highway 52 to Exit 119, Germantown Road; left on Germantown Road to Patterson Avenue. Turn left on Patterson Avenue and Forsyth Tech Transportation Technology Center is on the right. Phone: 336-761-1002).
When: Monday, January 13, 2014
Where: Forsyth Technical Community College
Transportation Technology Center
4255 North POatterson Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Time: 6:00 PM
For more information go to Carolina Axle Surgeons King Pin Eye Repair Demo.
Virginia, Charlotte & Columbia Truck Centers Host Customer Appreciation Event
Virginia Truck Centers, Charlotte Truck Center and Columbia Truck Center will hold their annual Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, December 12.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet Virginia, Charlotte and Columbia Truck Centers personnel, view displays from many of the people who provide products and services to our customers and enjoy karting on the Victory Lane Karting indoor track.
Be our guest for a day of fun, food and fellowship!
WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th
TIME: 11 AM TO 4 PM
WHERE: VICTORY LANE KARTING
30 TIPTON DRIVE
CHARLOTTE, NC 28206
LUNCH WILL BE SERVED, DOOR PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN AWAY AND THERE WILL BE DISPLAYS BY OVER 30 VENDORS INVOLVED IN THE TRUCK INDUSTRY.
For more information and to make a reservation go to Charlotte Truck Center Customer Appreciation Event.