Bob Ingram Retires; Niko Mikolike Joins Kidron As The New District Sales Manager

Washington, NC, January 29, 2018 – Bob Ingram, Kidron District Sales Manager, retired from Kidron on December 31, 2017 after many successful years of dedicated service.  Ingram began his career with Kidron in 1989. “We are very grateful for Bob’s years of service, and his tireless efforts to serve our customers.  He has represented our company in the most professional manner. Our team will miss the day to day interaction with Bob”, said John Sommer, Jr., Kidron’s Vice President of Sales.

Ingram and his wife Eleanor plan to spend their days enjoying other interests and spending more time with their grandchildren.

VT Hackney, Inc. has hired Niko Mikolike as the New District Sales Manager responsible for the Kidron refrigerated truck body and trailer product lines in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Western New Jersey and Virginia. Niko has an experienced sales and marketing background specializing in leasing over the past 7 years.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Niko currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where he enjoys golf and basketball in his spare time.  Sommer stated, “We are thrilled to have Niko join our sales team. His experience and background in the industry and with our products allows him to hit the ground running.  We look forward to him building upon the many customer relationships Bob established.”


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Michael Puhl Joins Hackney as Northeast Regional Sales Manager

Washington, NC, December 18, 2017 – VT Hackney, Inc. has hired Michael Puhl as Northeast Regional Sales Manager responsible for Hackney product lines.  Michael will be charged with growing Hackney’s Beverage, Special Applications, and Aftermarket presence in the region including the states of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Michael joins VT Hackney after previous stints at Home Depot and The Schwan Food Company, where he held various management positions in over ten years of service.  “Michael brings a great deal of operations experience from the customer side and his insight will be extremely valuable as we grow our brand,” states Richard Ball, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VT Hackney.

Michael resides in Delmont, PA with his wife and has two children currently attending college.

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Ed Smith Retires From VT Hackney Neal Dixon Promoted To Lead EV Division

Washington, NC, November 29, 2017 –Ed Smith, Director of the Emergency Vehicles Division at VT Hackney, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017. Smith began his career with VT Hackney in 1994 where he has been instrumental in growing the EV business from a relative unknown in the fire industry to being recognized as America’s Rescue Leader.

“I look back with fond memories of days after introduction of the first Hackney recessed roof bodies shown at national trade shows in the late 90’s. That is when our team would hear statements like, ‘Wow that sure doesn’t look like a beer truck.’ I knew right then we had crossed the threshold of acceptance of a conventional beverage body as a revered fire apparatus.”

Effective immediately, Neal Dixon has been named General Manager of the Emergency Vehicles Division and will take over leadership responsibilities. Dixon has also been with the Emergency Vehicles Division since 1994 where he began his career out of college as a Product Designer. Neal’s extensive experience has included a broad range of roles from product design, sales management, manufacturing support, and engineering.

“I look forward to continuing the success we have achieved under Ed’s leadership,” says Dixon. “We have a great team and we will continue to push the product into the future as the industry evolves.”

Neal resides in Washington, NC with his wife Wendy and two children. He enjoys spending time supporting his kids in their various sports and hunting/fishing.

Ed plans to retire to Ocala, FL where he lived previously, to enjoy outdoor activities, nearby family, and reconnect with the church he served with 25 years ago.

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VT Hackney Releases Dodge Promaster Van Shelving Packages –
Available on Select Promaster Models

Washington, NC, March 1, 2017 – Hackney’s aluminum shelving line has seen great success in box style, Sprinter, and Ford Transit vans, so Hackney has extended its reach into select Dodge Promaster van models.  Hackney’s aluminum shelving lines target the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractor markets.  Standard kits are available for quick delivery and installation, but modifications can be requested to better accommodate an operator’s business.

Hackney’s aluminum shelving is lightweight with adjustable shelves designed to hold Hackney’s storage trays or tools.  Driver side and passenger side kits can be purchased separately or as one package with top shelf storage for ladders and pipe.  Introductory packages provide open areas for bulky items, such as hot water heaters.

Hackney shelving can be purchased directly from Hackney or through your local Dodge dealer.  Hackney will offer flexible installation options, including detailed instructions for end user installation or Hackney factory installation.

For sales information or to inquire about van shelving options, please contact your Hackney Sales Representative or visit www.vthackneyparts.com.

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VT Hackney Releases Sprinter Van Shelving Packages –
Available on Select Sprinter Models

Washington, NC, November 29, 2016 – Hackney’s aluminum shelving line has seen great success in box style and Ford Transit vans, so Hackney has extended its reach into select Sprinter van models.  Hackney’s aluminum shelving lines target the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractor markets.  Standard kits are available for quick delivery and installation, but modifications can be requested to better accommodate an operator’s business.

Hackney’s aluminum shelving is lightweight with adjustable shelves designed to hold Hackney’s storage trays or tools.  Driver side and passenger side kits can be purchased separately or as one package with top shelf storage for ladders and pipe.  Introductory packages provide open areas for bulky items, such as hot water heaters.

Hackney shelving can be purchased directly from Hackney or through your local Sprinter  dealer.  Hackney will offer flexible installation options, including detailed instructions for end user installation or Hackney factory installation.  For Sprinter factory ordered vans,  Hackney will also offer a “ship thru” option allowing customers to have their shelving installed as soon as the van rolls off the line.  This option reduces both customer lead time and freight charges.

For sales information or to inquire about van shelving options, please contact your Hackney Sales Representative or visit www.vthackneyparts.com.

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Steve Miller Introduced as VT Hackney President and CEO

Washington, NC, October 27, 2016 – Mike Tucker has stepped down as President of VT Hackney, Inc. after helming the company for 15 years.  Steve Miller replaces Tucker as President and CEO.

“I have spent the last 26 years of my life working with the greatest people you could ask for to support our initiatives in growing a successful company,” stated Tucker.  “The relationships we have solidified in the beverage, foodservice, and other industries allow the company to continue on a growth trajectory that will benefit VT Hackney in the future.  I’m just at a point in my life where I am ready for a new challenge and believe this is the correct time for a new vision.”

Miller previously served as President of Waltco Lift Corporation and before that held the position of Vice President of Sales for Morgan Olson, LLC.  “Mike has done a great job diversifying the products under both the Hackney and Kidron brands,” states Miller.  “I look forward to working with VT Hackney team members and customers and begin the next chapter of VT Hackney.  The transportation and delivery markets that we participate in are changing and adapting, and I feel we are positioned to take advantage of those opportunities.”

VT Hackney was recently awarded a contract to develop prototypes for the USPS related to the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program.  The company has also introduced various new products over the past 18 months including the SideKick beverage and vending body, ColdSled commercial cooler, and a line of commercial shelving targeting the contractor service industry.

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VT Hackney Awarded Prototype Contract by USPS for NGDV

Washington, NC, September 21, 2016 – The United States Postal Service has provided notification that VT Hackney is one of a select group of companies awarded a prototype contract under the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program.

“I speak for everyone at VT Hackney in expressing our excitement in continuing the goal to develop and manufacture the next generation delivery vehicle for the most recognizable work truck in the world,” says General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO of VT Systems, parent company to VT Hackney.

VT Hackney will partner exclusively with Workhorse Group Incorporated (NASDAQ: WKHS) on the contract to provide an advanced powertrain to meet the Postal Service’s wide range of delivery needs.  The solution targets savings to the USPS in reduced fuel expenses, substantially reducing the Postal Services maintenance costs, and strengthen their sustainability initiatives by providing a near-zero emission next generation delivery vehicle.

In preparation for the development, VT Hackney visited USPS locations and interviewed current and former USPS employees to design a purpose-built vehicle with a focus on the body attributes delivering a better work environment for the operators, while meeting the USPS cargo objectives.

“Our prototype proposal is built around the USPS goal to increase efficiencies in delivery,  providing a safer and more ergonomic vehicle for the operators, and reducing long term costs,” says Mike Tucker, President and CEO of VT Hackney.

VT Hackney has been in the vocational body business since 1946 with the Hackney and Kidron brands.  The company has built a solid reputation on high quality products designed to increase efficiency by improving body design.  Through its teaming agreement, Workhorse will be responsible for producing the E-Gen chassis.  Workhorse is a provider of electric vehicle drivetrain solutions focused primarily on work trucks requiring a higher gross vehicle weight rating.

“Combining the assets of VT Hackney along with Workhorse provides the USPS with a path to test advanced powertrain technologies within Postal Service operations and we are excited about this opportunity,” states Tucker.

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VT Hackney Releases ColdSled Commercial Cooler – Mobile Pre-Chilled Transport for Dry Fleets

Washington, NC, September 20, 2016 – VT Hackney, Inc. is tackling the demand for pre-chilled transport by releasing the ColdSled commercial cooler. Through its Kidron and Hackney brands, VT Hackney touches a variety of markets, such as foodservice and beverage, that require temperature control management during daily delivery. The ColdSled is designed to be mobile allowing operators the flexibility to allocate to specific routes that require cold chain transport, while utilizing their current dry body fleet.

The ColdSled is a commercial grade cooler designed to take on the rigors of daily loading and unloading. It features a durable aluminum structure with 3 inches of foam insulation for maximum thermal efficiency. Most notably, it has a built in pallet that can accept forklifts or pallet jacks allowing it to be mobile and utilized on a variety of truck styles, including box trucks, trailers, step vans, and side loaders.

The ColdSled is a perfect match for pre-chilled keg, beverage, and produce items that require a level of temperature control on typical delivery routes. Custom sizes are available along with various options including shelving and external e-track for securing to internal body side walls.

Additional ColdSled sales and product information can be found at www.vthackneyparts.com.

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Hackney Introduces SideKick on Ford Transit – Side Load Alternative to Cargo Van Delivery

Washington, NC., November 12, 2015 – At this year’s NBWA convention in Las Vegas, Hackney displayed a low profile, 4-bay side load body mounted on a Ford Transit cab and chassis. The response from the attendees was unanimous. “It’s roughly the same size as a cargo van, transports more product, and the side doors provide quick and convenient access,” says Dale Kuntz, one of Hackney’s Sales Managers who demonstrated the body. “SideKick offers a great deal of flexibility at an affordable entry price. A lot of interest for hotshot type routes, congested delivery areas, special events, or sales trucks allowing the salesman to carry more product.”

The SideKick offers many of the same features as Hackney’s larger beverage units, including all-aluminum construction, adjustable bay shelving, bottom rail power step, and rear mounted hand truck. Compatible with the Ford Transit 9,950 and 10,360 GVW cab and chassis in either gas or diesel versions, the SideKick can provide over 4,000 lbs. of payload.

The low profile design of the SideKick locates product lower to the ground and can be forklift loaded for pallets. Side door access provides quick retrieval of product and additional convenience when having to maneuver through alleys or extremely congested areas. The SideKick will be produced in Hackney’s Kansas and North Carolina facilities and is available for immediate sale. Visit www.hackneybeverage.com for additional information.

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Hackney Enters Van Shelving Market – Introduces Ford Transit Packages in Aluminum and Steel Designs

Washington, NC., October 15, 2015 – Hackney’s aluminum shelving has been a mainstay in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical contractor markets for decades, but generally only when delivered in a Hackney Performer body.  Beginning with the Ford Transit, Hackney is now releasing both aluminum and steel shelving lines targeting contractor service markets with an emphasis on simplifying the buying process for end users.

“The growth of the commercial van market resulted in high demand for our contractor service shelving,” says Richard Ball, Director of Marketing and Business Development for VT Hackney.  “As opposed to the larger general shelving companies, our goal is to stay true to the markets we serve and create shelving packages that are tailored to their job.”

Hackney’s aluminum shelving is lightweight with adjustable shelves designed to hold Hackney’s storage trays or tools.  Driver side and passenger side kits can be purchased separately or as one package with top shelf storage for ladders and pipe.  Introductory packages provide open areas for bulky items, such as hot water heaters.

Hackney has also designed a steel shelving line targeting general service contractors tasked with storing and organizing hundreds of parts and SKUs.  Hackney’s Inventory Management Shelving (IMS) system is a heavy-duty shelving solution that offers both driver and passenger side packages.  “If your job requires you to hold a massive amount of small parts inventory, Hackney IMS is a great fit,” says Ball.  “IMS is focused on completing one mission…maximizing the inventory storage capabilities of your vehicle.”

Hackney shelving can be purchased directly from Hackney or through your local Ford dealer.  Hackney will offer flexible installation options, including detailed instructions for end user installation or Hackney factory installation.  For Ford Transit factory ordered vans,  Hackney will also offer a “ship thru” option allowing customers to have their shelving installed as soon as the van rolls off the line.  This option reduces both customer lead time and freight charges.

Hackney will continue to design shelving packages for other van models including the Sprinter and ProMaster slated for late 2015 and early 2016 release.  For sales information or to inquire about van shelving options, please contact your Hackney Sales Representative or visit www.vthackneyparts.com.

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VT Hackney Qualifies for USPS Bid

Washington, N.C., May 12, 2015 – VT Hackney, Inc. (VT Hackney), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced it is one of several companies selected as a qualified bidder for the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV). The iconic Postal Service truck is reaching the end of its design life and the USPS is seeking a more modern and efficient vehicle. The original truck was built in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, at a facility now owned by VT Hackney.

For this new fleet of 180,000 vehicles, VT Hackney will be offering an integrated aluminum cargo and cab body designed for 20 years of service. The new design will provide improved fuel economy and reduced emissions—compared to the current truck designed in 1987—which meets the latest safety requirements.

VT Hackney, an engineering leader for over 60 years in designing and building custom truck bodies, is uniquely qualified to design and produce a more efficient body with increased ergonomic storage and access.

VT Hackney CEO Mike Tucker said, “We are excited to have been selected by the USPS as a bidder for building prototypes of the new design. As an independent truck body builder we are not constrained to any particular chassis and are able to select the best solution for the Postal Service’s Next Generation Delivery Vehicle.  Leveraging our 60 years of experience in unique and advanced storage and transport systems we are developing an advanced vehicle concept to meet the future needs of the USPS.”

For more information, visit www.hackneyservice.com.

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Hackney Enters Restoration Market – New Performer body caters to cleaning and restoration industry

Washington, NC, May 7, 2015 – Hackney Performer bodies have been a mainstay in the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC markets for over 15 years, but the all-aluminum work truck will now make its presence in the cleaning and restoration industry.  At this week’s RIA International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo in Las Vegas, Hackney unveiled the new Performer customized with shelving and side door compartments tailored to meet operator requirements and increase job site efficiency.

“Our restoration body was designed by operators,” says Richard Ball, Director of Marketing and Business Development for VT Hackney.  “Hackney bodies have a history of delivering value to our customers by maximizing the storage and efficiency inside, while providing a durable aluminum body that is re-mountable and can serve over 20 years.”

Hackney’s custom shelving organizes equipment such as air movers, humidifiers, and extractors, while providing additional storage for tools and bin trays.  The base model features a 90 gallon tank.  The swing out curbside door provides quick access to vacuum, airline, and water hose reels.  Additional options such as a driver side service compartment and rear pull-out ramp are also available.  The Performer features smooth side walls for graphics to provide a great outlet for advertising.  For more information on the Cleaning and Restoration Hackney Performer, please visit www.hackneyrestoration.com.

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VT Hackney Achieves ISO 9001 Certification at Pennsylvania Facility – Putting quality first for its truck bodies and trailers

Washington, N.C., February 19, 2015 — VT Hackney’s Montgomery, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility, the leading manufacturing plant in the United States that exclusively builds both insulated and refrigerated truck bodies and trailers, has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for Quality Management Systems.  The Montgomery plant is dedicated to manufacturing the Kidron product line and is the only VT Hackney manufacturing center to produce Kidron’s refrigerated trailer product.

ISO 9001:2008 is globally recognized as the leading quality system guideline and assists in developing processes to establish requirements, and to monitor and improve product quality.  The goal in achieving ISO 9001 certification is to establish a process for continuous improvement that translates to higher levels of customer satisfaction.

“All of our Kidron products shipped out of Montgomery serve customers who transport perishable food and beverage items to consumers across the country, so it is important that we can show them our continued efforts to maintain the highest quality standards,” says Michael Tucker, President of VT Hackney.

VT Hackney has already started the process to achieve ISO 9001 at its other facilities that produce Kidron truck bodies and Hackney’s beverage body product line.  “Achieving ISO9001 takes teamwork and commitment,” says Tucker.  “I applaud our employees in Montgomery on this accomplishment.”

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