When Caterpillar announced last year that it would not supply EPA 2010-compliant engines to truck or other on-highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the U.S., Ring Power made a bold business decision: to expand truck shop services to include a complete menu of rountine truck services for all brands of on-highway trucks and components—and not just Cat engines.
Now, in addition to truck diesel engine overhauls and other major repairs, Ring Power service technicians routinely perform brake jobs, clutch adjustments, component rebuilds, tune-ups and oil changes, to name just a few of their capabilities. Truck Parts & Service Business Development Manager Scott Miller, who joined the team in November, is helping to implement the new business plan, which targets owners and operators of all makes of commercial trucks from Class 4 through 8 (GVWR 14,001 pounds and up.)
In January, Ring Power became a stockholder in VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc., an exclusive and prestigious on-highway truck parts network that leverages the combined purchasing power of its members to assure long-term profitability, enhance vendor brand equity and increase combined market share. Miller, whose background includes more than 18 years in on-highway truck parts and service, sees this as an important step toward Ring Power’s success in the business. "Being a VIPAR member gives us access to on-highway truck parts suppliers that we might not have been able to do business with on our own," Miller said.
Ring Power parts department managers and parts associates from St. Augustine to Tampa have actively embraced VIPAR network training. On-highway Truck technician training sessions, which began in February, will be held as often as necessary to keep Ring Power diesel truck shop technicians up to speed on all makes of on-highway diesel truck engines and components. With 95 on-highway truck service bays and 73 truck shop diesel technicians at 12 full-service on-highway truck shop locations, Ring Power is poised to take a commanding lead in a viable Florida market. Full service facilities located in Jacksonville, St Augustine, Lake City, Orlando, Ocala, Palm Bay, and Tampa.
RING POWER ON-HIGHWAY DIESEL TRUCK REPAIR SERVICES
A/C & Heating Systems
Alternators & Starters
Axles, Wheels & Suspensions
Body, Cab and Chassis
Electrical Instruments, Systems & Wiring
Fuel Lines & System Components
Windshields, Wipers & Wiper Motors
ADDITIONAL ON-HIGHWAY TRUCK SERVICES
Chassis Vehicle Inspections
Trailer & Cargo Body Undercarriage & Decking
Competitive Engine ECU & Component Diagnostics
Auxiliary Power Units
Body Shop & Paint Shop at Select Repair Centers
Preferred Maintenance Contracts