Job Well Done: Kudos to CRS Field Service Tech Chris Shannon

October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PMRing Power

Yesterday marked the start of National Customer Service Week. This week we wanted to take the time to recognize just a few of our employees who go the extra mile to get the job done. Below is a letter we recently received from MacCurrach Golf Construction Inc., commending Cat Rental Store Field Service Technician Chris Shannon on a job well done. 

FROM:                  Hamish MacLean

TO:                      Tim Morgan

SUBJECT:             CRS Field Service

Dear Tim,

 I’d like to compliment you on one of your employees, Chris Shannon, for the excellent service he has provided to us. He has helped me out of jams time and time again.

I have always been pleased with the service I receive from Ring Power, however Chris’s professionalism and ability to diagnose and repair our equipment quickly always exceeds my expectations.

Such a commitment to great customer service is to be commended. You can be sure that I will continue to do business with Ring Power for years to come.

All service departments should strive to be as good as not only your [Pecan Park] shop, but also the St. Augustine, Orlando and Tampa service departments.


Hamish MacLean

MacCurrach Golf Construction, Inc.

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Custom Cat Conveyor Creation Built to Quench Bay Area’s Thirst

September 27, 2013 at 11:54 AMRing Power

It’s half Cat … half conveyor.  It used to be a 365CL hydraulic excavator, but now it is a custom delivery system built for the renovation of the 15.5 billion-gallon C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir southeast of Tampa. 

The machine will deliver “soil cement” mixture that is used to construct a stepped erosion barrier protecting the reservoir’s earthen berm retaining walls. However, getting the wet cement mix up to the top of the nearly 20-degree incline is only part of the payoff.

Ring Power worked with Kiewit Infrastructure group to modify several links in a chain of pieces required to deliver the material precisely. And as far as supply lines go, this one’s a doosy.

First, the wet soil cement mixture – produced at a plant built on the floor of the emptied reservoir — will  be loaded into one of six Cat 740B Ejector Trucks that Kiewit purchased for the project.  The trucks transport the material to a Gomaco 9500 Placer with a receiving hopper that has been modified (by Ring Power) to lock the ejector truck to the hopper for controlled transfer of the cement mix. 

The placer then deposits the cement (via its own 40-foot conveyor) into a Maxon hopper affixed to a trailer towed 80 feet behind the Cat 365CL. The Maxon hopper provides a constant stream of cement on to an 80-foot conveyor that is linked to a “chute” atop the  Cat 365CL’s 150-foot-extendable RCC Conveyor.  All the while, all of these machines are in motion, progressing along the 5 miles of retaining wall.

Got all that?

The beauty of the system is that the Cat 365CL can travel along the flat base of the berm and use the articulation of the conveyor to deliver the cement to the precise location on the inclined berm that the crews are forming the stepped  barrier.  As the crews progress, the conveyor can extend, retract, rotate or elevate to match their position.

Ring Power made several additions to the Cat 365CL that Kiewit provided; pumps and motors to drive the 24-inch wide conveyor belt; rubber pads to the tracks for stability and to protect cement on the skirt of the erosion barrier. However the core components and drive mechanisms of the Cat 365CL are unchanged. 

RCC Conveyors provided much of the engineering support for this unique project.  While this is the first time this type of project has been undertaken on a Cat 365, RCC Conveyors has done smaller systems mounted on Cat 345s.

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The wheels of progress are aluminum … and pneumatic

September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AMRing Power

While his wife was distracted attending law school, John Stiefel built a furnace.

Not to warm their home, but to smelt scrap metal.  Built on a trailer, he towed it to scrap yards and converted aluminum scrap into ingots that could be resold for higher profit. John Stiefel

Now he melts scrap aluminum wheels and makes them into … new wheels.

“We have developed a proprietary recycling process that doesn’t damage or degrade the aluminum as we smelt it,” John Stiefel explains. “And that superior product can be used – unaltered – to produce new wheels.”

Stiefel has two companies in Dade City, Fla. Stiefel Aluminum acquires scrap aluminum wheels and smelts them.  Some of the aluminum is made into ingots for resale, but the rest is transported to his other company, SB Manufacturing, which produces aftermarket and “replica” wheels to replace damaged OEM wheels. 

“Customers were buying our ingots to make them into new wheels,” said Stiefel.  “Which made us realize we could do the same thing and skip cooling, transporting and re-melting ingot completely.”

Ring Power Partner

The foundry, Stiefel Aluminum, started as a Ring Power Lift Trucks service customer, eventually buying a couple of forklifts to move product and lift it into the furnaces.

With the addition of SB Manufacturing, there was the need to transport a crucible of molten aluminum to the casting machinery – to accomplish this, SB Manufacturing purchased a new Cat 12,000 lb. lift truckDamaged and discarded aluminum wheels are the raw material that feeds both Stiefel Aluminum and SB Manufacturing.

On the SB side, compressed air is integral. They use it to automate the casting, heat treatment and x-ray (quality control) machinery; it is also used to power the machining, polishing and paint line in the finishing facility.

To meet their compressed air needs, they turned to Ring Power Air Compressor Representative Jason Stone – who set them up as an “air over the fence” customer.

“Their needs were very specific,” explained Stone. “With the air interacting with molten aluminum in casting and also being used for high-quality finishes, they needed it to be very dry and free of


To accomplish this, Ring Power installed two Sullair compressors, a 125 h.p. variable-speed unit and a 75 h.p. unit – both with receivers and desiccant dryers. SB purchased separate delivery systems – one in the casting room, the other in the finishing facility – that feature 3-inch piping with more than 30 air drops.

Transair aluminum piping was selected because it is resistant to corrosion, minimizing impurities and turbulence.  The system also features special fittings and valves that allow it to be installed and modified quickly.

“Plus, the product really looks great for customers – like John – who like to show off their facilities,” said Stone, who added that project is one of the largest Transair installations that Ring Power has undertaken. (Ring Power uses Transair piping at their own facilities.) 

a yellow robotic arm moves a freshly cast wheel from the casting machine into a cooling bath.

As an “air over the fence” customer Stiefel purchases the compressed air (at a determined pressure, temperature and humidity) from Ring Power – rather than the compressors and associated equipment. This arrangement allows Stiefel to avoid the typical headaches and cost fluctuations associated with equipment ownership, and allows Ring Power to control the other variables – such as maintenance, replacement schedules and equipment selection – ensuring both get the biggest bang for the buck.

How’d they get here?

Stiefel started his first foundry in 1992 in Ohio with the furnace on a trailer.  He sold that business in 2000 and moved to New York. He later he opened another foundry in Watertown, N.Y.

On a particularly cold day – while gathered around a furnace for warmth – his son quipped “Dad, there has to be a better place to do this.”  So on a family trip to St. Simon Island, Ga., they began to explore warmer locations.

They started by looking at scrap yards that could provide the raw material they needed (wheels).  There were some in Georgia, a slightly higher number closer to Jacksonville, but hundreds in Central Florida.  So they started looking near Tampa, eventually securing a location in Lakeland to “test the waters.”

Once he confirmed his process worked in Florida and the material supplies proved reliable, he started looking for bigger facilities.  He landed in the Dade City Business Park in the former Lykes Pasco Beverage plant.

The wheels are in motion

In September, SB started selling wheels – made from 100% recycled aluminum – and the casting room shifted to round-the-clock production. Additional casting machines are also being added. 

“We are competing with the Chinese,” said Stiefel. “And we can do it because our high-quality recycled aluminum allows us to control material costs. We’re bringing jobs and manufacturing back to America.  And customers tell us they love the fact they are able to buy wheels with ‘Made in the USA’ stamped right on them.”

As production increases toward the goal of one million wheels annually (expected in 2014) Stiefel Aluminum will phase out ingot production and focus exclusively on supplying SB Manufacturing with molten aluminum. Made in America

Stiefel Aluminum currently employs 25 (and expects to add up to 10 more) and SB plans to have 70 employees when they reach full production.

“Honestly, I didn’t need to do this … I had enough money to buy groceries the rest of my life,” said Stiefel.  “But how often do you get an opportunity like this?  To do something for your country? We’re bringing jobs back. I’m proud of that … every time I talk about it, I get a little choked up.” 

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You Can't Predict Emergencies. But You Can Prepare for Them.

August 29, 2013 at 3:16 PMRing Power



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Engineered to respond and built to endure, Cat generator sets and power systems will provide a reliable backup energy source for your business.

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 * Offer good for qualifying customers through October 31, 2013 on select new models at participating Cat dealers. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing is subject to credit application and approval through Cat Financial. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Offer subject to change without prior notice.

Cat Extended Service Coverage (ESC) offers coverage beyond the Standard Warranty period. ESC offers protection against unexpected repair bills and a hedge against rising parts and labor costs by providing 100 percent parts and labor reimbursement for covered components, less any applicable deductible.

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Pennsylvania State Police Gain a Real Tactical Advantage with The Rook

July 31, 2013 at 12:40 PMRing Power

After hours of negotiating with a suspect who was barricaded in a home, the Pennsylvania State Police tactical team decided it was time to go in.

Fortunately, the department recently acquired The Rook, an armored critical incident vehicle designed by Ring Power Corporation.

Utilizing one of the Rook’s strategic attachments the tactical team was able to safely approach the structure; protected by the custom built NIJ Level IV Armored Deployment Platform.

The Armored Deployment Platform, which can be raised up to 11 feet, allowed the tactical team to deploy officers to the roof of the home and gain access through a window.

"It was definitely a valuable tool for the department to have in protection of the troopers," Sgt. Barry Brinser, supervisor of the state police Special Emergency Response Team for Eastern Pennsylvania, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pennsylvania State Police are already in the process of acquiring a second Rook, to be used in another region of the state.

Already in use with many law enforcement agencies across the country, The Rook protects officers in ways traditional shields and vehicles cannot.

The Rook is custom designed with mission specific attachments that increase job safety, while also improving the ease and speed of changing attachments.

For more information, view The Rook brochure.

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A New Purpose in (Second) Life: Meet the Gyp-Gator

July 29, 2013 at 9:33 AMRing Power

So what do you do for a customer when nobody really makes the perfect tool for the job? 

Simple. If you are Ring Power, you  build a new tool. 

TECO’s Gypsum facility at their Big Bend Power Station was using another brand’s machines that were built for coal applications. They were doing the job, but not living up to expectations in ability or reliability.  So when it came time to replace them, they started looking for better options. 

Ring Power’s Tampa branch – just about 4 miles from the power plant – happened to have a couple broker-owned 834G Wheel Dozers from South America on their lot (awaiting rebuild for resale.)  Larry Purdue (Ring Power’s Vice President Service Operations Manager of Heavy Equipment) and James Scarpo (the Tampa branch’s Heavy Equipment Sales Manager)  saw this as an opportunity.

They approached TECO Fleet Manager Tim Muncy, and he shared his expectations and the job’s demands.

The result was a second-life rebuild with more than 40 configuration changes, by project team Scott Rajzer (FS Tech I), Pat Woolsey (Tech I), Bobby Curtis (Apprentice Tech) and Sammy Simmons (Assistant Manager). Many of the modifications were to address the weight and density of gypsum.

“Gypsum is up to 85 pounds per cubic foot, but all the other machines were made for coal, which is only 55 pounds per cubic foot,” explained TECO Fleet Manager Tim Muncy.

The hydraulic system was completely redesigned and an additional hydraulic tower added (because the job required scooping and lifting to move the material); weight was reallocated on the frame; the torque converter was changed to a lockup style (to lock the scoop and load in place while moving); the mainframe and wiring were updated; and finally the unit was fitted with a specially modified scoop.

“The guys over at Ring Power modified a 30-yard coal bucket down to 20 yards for us,” said Muncy. “They also added weight to the frame for better balance … I have nothing but good things to say about this project.”

Caterpillar provided engineering assistance on the project from the beginning to facilitate the equipment’s conversion from a wheel dozer to a scoop configuration.

The Gyp-Gator operator, Evaristo Hernandez of Moretrench (contractor for TECO) added “The new machine is very nice. Plenty of power … PLENTY!”

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Ring Power’s Mobile On-Site Diesel Truck Repair puts Florida Drivers Back on the Road

July 23, 2013 at 4:14 PMRing Power

Can’t make it to us? Let us come to you. In addition to our 14 Florida Truck repair locations and 101 service bays, Ring Power Truck Centers offers mobile repair service for all heavy duty diesel engine trucks, buses, and RV’s.

Our mobile repair technicians service all makes and models. Kenworth, Peterbilt, International, Sterling, Freightliner, Volvo/Mack, Western Star, Blue Bird, Thomas Built —it doesn’t matter. Our highly skilled technicians can repair them all. Whether you’re experiencing engine trouble, braking issues, overheating problems, driveline trouble or something else entirely, our onsite mobile repair technicians can get you back on the road without you ever having to take a detour to the shop.

Truck, RV, Bus Mobile Repair All Makes and Models

Ring Power Truck Centers’ highly trained technicians have the diagnostic tools and troubleshooting expertise to handle all of your truck care needs. Our technicians understand how important it is to get you back on the road quickly and safely.

Check out our complete list of Mobile Truck Repair Services.

Mobile Diesel Truck and RV repair is available in the Orlando, Gainesville, Lake City, Tampa and Ocala areas.

To schedule a mobile on-site truck service appointment call:

Ocala - Alex Driver 352.840.6235

Orlando - Bill Hoehn 407.472.6239

Gainesville - Richard Jordan 352.371.9983

Lake City - Michael Crosby 386.755.3997 x1601

Tampa - John Duncan 813.865.2485

If you’re in the Ocala area, our mobile technicians can provide mobile 3-axle wheel alignment — reducing tire wear, component wear and improving handling. To schedule your total wheel alignment call Alex Driver at 352.840.6235.

QR Codes provide Florida Genset Rental Customers with Immediate Access to Product Information

July 23, 2013 at 10:08 AMRing Power

URL decals with QR codes were recently installed on all of Ring Power’s rental gensets. These codes can be quickly scanned, giving customers immediate access to product information.

Florida genset rental power

"I felt it was important for Ring Power to offer the QR codes to our customers and match the digital smart phone landscape we're living in today. Additionally, it's green and reduces the need to print manuals or instructions in paper format which become outdated and weathered, said Steve Ferlita VP of Rental Services for Power Systems.

With units ranging from 20 to 2000kW, Ring Power offers generator sets to meet any temporary power application. For maximum mobility, all units are skid-mounted on fuel tank bases or trailer/van mounted depending on size. Turnkey Services are available 24/7.

For more information, view Ring Power's Rental Power brochure.



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Florida RV Repair, Parts & Service: Ring Power Truck Centers get you back on the road

July 19, 2013 at 12:43 PMRing Power

The last thing any RVer wants is to find themselves stranded on the side of the road because of a breakdown. Sitting on the side of the road hundreds of miles from home can be a scary experience and ruin your trip. 

With 14 Florida RV Repair shops, Ring Power Truck Centers is never too far away. With just a quick phone call to one of our conveniently located Florida RV Repair Centers, you can be back on the road in no time.

Whether you have a Cat®, Cummins or Detroit engine, our highly-trained RV technicians can quickly diagnose a problem and make necessary repairs to get you back on the road.

Our RV technicians are highly-skilled in RV chassis repair, RV transmission repair, RV brake repair; RV engine repair and service; and RV cooling system repair and service.

Because Ring Power is a heavy duty Vipar parts member, we offer a full-line of aftermarket vendor parts. RV parts are available with 24 hours.

Ring Power RV Repair Centers also offer complimentary electric hook-ups and lounge areas with shower availability.

 Don’t let a breakdown ruin your trip. For RV Parts and Service call 904-962-7883.

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Meet Ring Power's new Gainesville and Ocala Heavy Duty Truck Parts and Service Rep

July 16, 2013 at 10:20 AMRing Power

Ring Power Truck Centers is pleased to announce Mark McMillan has joined our team as a Truck Product Support Sales Representative. 

Florida heavy duty truck service rep

Mark will be responsible for providing Truck, RV & Bus Parts and services in the Gainesville & Ocala territory. Originally from North Carolina, Mark has called Gainesville home for the past 26 years. He most recently served as a fleet manager for Anheuser Busch in Gainesville. Mark is a 2006 graduate of National Auto Diesel College and enjoys all types of Saltwater fishing in his spare time.

Ring Power’s Full-Service Heavy Duty Truck Centers offer sales, parts and service for all makes and models across all of North and Central Florida.




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