Ring Power Helps American Cancer Society Fund Hope Lodge

November 10, 2017 at 12:15 PMRing Power

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge celebrated its official groundbreaking October 23. Located on the campus of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Hope Lodge will serve as a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel 40 miles or more to the Jacksonville area for treatment. 

Ring Power has pledged a total of $50,000 over five years to help fund the construction and operating expenses of the new Hope Lodge. In return, we are proud to announce that one of the suites will be named "In honor of all Ring Power Corporation Employees." 

In addition to monetary contributions, Ring Power has donated a gas generator that will be installed during construction.

The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program will provide nearly 12,000 nights of FREE overnight lodging each year. In Jacksonville, the new facility will offer 32 guest suites with private bath and TV, along with amenities such as shared kitchen and dining room areas; pantry space and cookware; fresh linens and laundry facilities; resource library with computer stations, internet and Wi-Fi; comfortably furnished recreation rooms; outdoor patio and garden area; free on-site garage and surface parking; and free transportation to and from all Jacksonville treatment centers.

There are currently more than 30 Hope Lodge locations near major cancer centers and hospitals across the country, including the Gainesville and Tampa, Fla. areas, and in Puerto Rico. Six more are in development. 

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Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road to Feature Ring Power Center for Fitness & Wellness

October 17, 2017 at 11:25 AMRing Power

RIVERVIEW, FL – County commissioners and community leaders were among 200 invited guests in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 11, heralding the final phase of construction on the Spurlino Family YMCA at 9650 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton, Fla.

The new, 32,500 sq. ft. main building will include an outdoor aquatic center and will feature an 8,000 sq. ft., fully-equipped fitness center, the Ring Power Center for Fitness and Wellness, named in honor of Ring Power Presidents Randy Ringhaver and Lance Ringhaver, his late brother.

The entire project was made possible by an eight-year planning and fundraising effort. The first phase of construction (five athletic fields, covered basketball court, playground and picnic pavilion) was completed last year at a cost of $4.6 million. Funds raised for the second phase of the project totaled $11.8 million; anticipated completion is slated for late fall 2018.

Addressing the guests, Tampa YMCA President & CEO Tom Looby and Southshore Leadership Council Co-Chair Tony DiMare recognized Ring Power’s generous $250 thousand contribution and expressed appreciation to the Ringhavers for their commitment to the community. In addition to nurturing the potential and improving the health of South County children and teens, The Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road will promote economic development of the area by providing more than 125 jobs.

 

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

About the Tampa Y

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is a cause-driven, 4-star charity, dedicated to strengthening Hillsborough and East Pasco communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, visit www.tampaymca.org.

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Ring Power and Crowley Maritime Reopen the Port of San Juan

September 29, 2017 at 10:07 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation has been working with Crowley Maritime Corporation to bring temporary power equipment to the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where all terminals, warehouses and offices were closed and all operations suspended due to the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Three Cat® XQ2000 generators and ancillary equipment and cabling were supplied by Ring Power through Crowley, providing more than 5000 kilowatts of power to enable the port to resume operations so that the island can receive relief supplies and personnel.
The Port of San Juan reopened on Sat., Sept. 23, and is currently open for daylight transit only.

About Ring Power Corporation
Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

About Crowley Maritime Corporation
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Crowley Maritime Corporation is a U.S. owned and operated marine solutions, transportation and logistics company providing services in domestic and international markets. Crowley Maritime was founded in 1892 and today supports six primary maritime business segments. Additional information is available at www.crowley.com.

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Quick Tips: Small Wheel Loader Engine Compartment

August 15, 2017 at 11:50 AMRing Power

Before starting your machine, it’s important to perform a daily walkaround. After you’ve completed your walk around on the exterior, you will also want to check the engine compartment.

 

  • Check engine enclosure screen for damage
  • Inspect engine compartment for debris and/or leak
  • Check the engine oil to ensure proper levels and look for any possible contamination.
  • Check air cleaner service indicator
  • Check coolant level
  • Inspect fuel cooler; hydraulic oil cooler; charge air cooler hydraulic coil filter for debris and leaks
  • Examine fans and fan enclosure
  • Check the radiator and fuel cap
  • Inspect hydraulic oil filter
  • Look for signs of exhaust leaks
  • Inspect V Belt
  • Check Air Intake Hoses
  • Look Under Machine

 

 Following these steps will help your machine working longer and more efficiently.

 

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Fluid Lab Runs Like a Well Oiled Machine

June 29, 2017 at 3:14 PMRing Power

Ring Power's Fluids Analysis Lab (a.k.a. “Oil Lab”) is one of the best in the nation.

Located in Tampa’s main service building, it houses about $1 million worth of high-tech diagnostic equipment and computer software and is staffed by a dedicated team of oil lab technicians ― five in Tampa and one in St. Augustine ― who process anywhere from 400 to 500 fluid samples each and every day!

Taking samples of oil, fuel and coolant to diagnose a machine’s operating condition is a good way to prevent component failures and unplanned downtime. Much like conducting biometric screenings to diagnose a person’s state of health, analyzing fluids is an accurate, reliable way to detect and resolve potential problems before they become major issues.

But putting 60+ samples an hour through a battery of sophisticated chemical tests without mixing them up is, by itself, no small feat.

Each fluid sample undergoes five tests ― depending on the fluid type and the preliminary results, some might require seven ― to check for viscosity, contaminants and wear metals. Think about that for a minute: That means our oil lab technicians must conduct and record the results for anywhere from 300 to 400 or more chemical tests every hour.

Add to that the extreme care that must be taken to ensure the validity of the test results ― measuring precisely, calibrating the equipment, following set procedures, keeping accurate records ― and you’ve got a real challenge.

Fortunately, our oil lab technicians are up to it.

Their days begin at 5:30 a.m., when Dennis Buckner brings in the sample bottles and sorts them by machine and fluid type. By 6:00, Sheri Delgado is hard at work, entering each sample into the LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) database according to the tests it requires while Alice Martinez begins checking and calibrating the equipment, monitoring the operating procedures, and verifying the data entries. By 6:30, Amelia Cullen and Travis Veitch are running the samples through the gamut of chemical tests and by 8:00, Eileen Garcia is at her computer in WCC, evaluating and interpreting the new data, comparing it with established baselines and previous results to look for trends.

Two rotation wheels gently disperse the particles throughout the sample before particle count testing.

Working in the oil lab takes commitment, integrity and ― above all else ― teamwork.

A basic knowledge of engines, hydraulics, transmissions and power trains is also helpful. Our oil lab team keeps up on equipment technology via online studies; Eileen, who interprets the test data, and Sheri, who backs up Eileen, must be recertified by Caterpillar every two years for this important job.

We applaud our team of topnotch oil lab technicians for their commitment to excellence. In March, they processed 10,638 oil samples, setting a new record and putting them on track to beat last year’s total. It’s easy to see why Ring Power has been at the forefront for fluids analysis since 1974.

 

 

Ring Power Achieves Gold for Heavy Equipment Service

May 25, 2017 at 9:25 AMRing Power

 In March, Ring Power became the first Cat dealer in the Atlanta district to achieve Service Excellence Gold for delivering heavy equipment customers the highest quality in product support facilities, processes and culture. Only three other Cat dealers in North America ― 13 worldwide ― achieved the Gold rating for Service Excellence Performance in 2016.

 This is truly a significant achievement and one that is not easily earned. To rate a dealership’s service operations, “Service Metrics” data on efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction are gathered and analyzed on a quarterly basis. These objective data are then combined with subjective “Service Attributes” data on safety, sustainability, operational management, leadership, customer focus, learning and development, innovation, employee engagement and 37 other criteria, which are gathered once a year during a face-to-face meeting between the Caterpillar district and dealer senior service management teams. The resulting scores rank each dealer’s service performance relative to that of all Cat dealers worldwide.

 Kudos to all our service and support personnel for earning Ring Power a place on the elite team of SEP Gold Cat dealers!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tarpon Springs Police Recognize Ring Power Employee

April 7, 2017 at 10:58 AMRing Power

On Jan. 13, at 5 a.m., Rollie Watson (Tampa Heavy Equipment Service Advisor) came to the assistance of Sgt. Scott “Oz” Osarczuk of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Osarczuk was en route to participate in services honoring fallen Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and Orange County Sheriff Deputy Norman Lewis when he experienced a flat tire on his department-issued SUV. Already in his dress uniform, Osarczuk was not in position to change the tire himself. Watson, on his way to work, happened upon the situation at a convenience store just off Interstate 4 in Plant City and quickly stepped up to assist the sergeant and ensure he was able to make it to the fallen officers’ services.

On Tuesday, April 4, nearly 3 months later, Sgt. Oz thanked Rollie in front of a group of his coworker's at Ring Power's Riverview facility. Tampa Bay's WFTS was onsite to capture the moment. Watch the video here.

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Ring Power Corporation Names Two New Members to Board of Directors

March 30, 2017 at 10:57 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation Chairman and President Randal L. Ringhaver and the board of directors are pleased to announce the appointments of Frank Streva to the office of Senior Vice President, Director of Used Equipment Sales, and Brian Cholmondeley to the office of Senior Vice President, Director of Power Systems. 

Streva joined Ring Power as Used Equipment Sales Division Manager in January after 12 years with another Cat dealership, Louisiana Machinery Co. While at Louisiana Cat, Streva worked in a variety of roles in finance, sales, and operations and earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Streva has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Louisiana State University.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College.  Cholmondeley has held various positions since then, including heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, Cat Rental Store General Manager and, most recently, Power Systems Division Manager. In 2011, Cholmondeley was named an assistant vice president and in 2013, vice president.

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Appointment of Power Systems Division Manager

March 14, 2017 at 11:42 AMRing Power

Brian Cholmondeley has been named Power Systems Division Manager for Ring Power Corporation.  He replaces Vaughn Beasley, who retired March 8 after a career spanning 36 years with the company.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College. In his 23 years with the company, Cholmondeley has held various positions, including management trainee, heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, and most recently Cat Rental Store General Manager. In 2011, he became an assistant vice president and in 2013, was elected as vice president.

“Brian has exhibited great leadership skills throughout his tenure with Ring Power, developing a strong team that is focused on our customers.  We look forward to his continued success working with the Power Systems division,” commented Kevin Robbins, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Cholmondeley will be responsible for overseeing the company’s power systems operations, including new and used commercial and industrial engine and generator sales; power equipment rental; marine engine sales; and compressed air equipment sales.

“I am very excited to assume my new role at Ring Power,” stated Cholmondeley.  “I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and hope to continue building upon the successes of the Power Systems team.”

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

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Ring Power Presence at Construction Career Days Boosts Interest in Service Tech Careers

February 17, 2017 at 9:29 AMRing Power

In January, members of Ring Power’s training department traveled to the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando for Construction Career Days. The purpose of the annual event is to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry.

Approximately 375 students attended the two-day event this year. In one of the 20 lab sessions they presented to the students, Teri Brown (St. Augustine Customer Training, Apprentice Program & Think Big Manager), Gabe Sacco (St. Augustine Training Instructor) and Matt Sessions (Orlando HE Sales Rep) spoke to students about paths to employment in selling and servicing heavy equipment. They also entertained questions about the benefits of working for a company like Ring Power.

Following the presentation, students teamed up and competed against each other utilizing power wrenches to see who could remove and replace segment bolts the fastest. Cat hats were awarded to the winning teams.

Kudos to Gabe Sacco, Teri Brown and Matt Sessions, and to Wayne Veitch (WCC Transportation Division Manager) and Brian Wood (St. Augustine Assistant Fleet Manager) who also played a part in making this year’s event a great success!

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