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AEMP and Construction Equipment Announce the 2019 Fleet Masters

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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ORLANDO, FL – The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and Construction Equipment presented the 2018 Fleet Master Awards in a celebration on March 20, 2019, recognizing organizations that excel in cost-effective management of mixed fleets of on- and off-road mobile equipment. The 2019 Fleet Master Award for Small Fleets was presented to Branch Civil of Roanoke, Virginia, and the 2019 Fleet Master Award for Large Fleets was presented to Sarasota County Fleet Services of Bradenton, Florida. Frank Raczon of Construction Equipment presented the awards.

Branch Civil Incorporated, Small fleets category (with fleet assets up to $100M estimated replacement value)

Branch Civil Inc, after a merger of two companies in 2018, Equipment Operations refined and created several new policies and procedures related to equipment management finances, information management, preventive maintenance and shop management. Tim Morgan, CEM states, “The information management and technology improvements have greatly increased our ability to maintain situational awareness and make quicker, real-time, field-level decisions.  These processes and procedures are still evolving and represent the direction our management team will lead Equipment Operations toward the fulfillment of our mission both now and in the future. New lines of communication and procedures were required as the result of the merger of two companies.  The creation of our Situational Awareness Room (SAR) and communication processes associated with it includes a stand-alone rolling phone number and a dedicated email address, ensuring that customer needs are received and acted on in a timely manner.  This process bridges the pre-merger differences and establishes standardized communications, which works across a wide geographic area and is scalable to match our projected and intended growth.”      

Sarasota County Fleet Services, Large fleets (fleet replacement value greater than $100M).

With approximately 1,700 assets both on and off road that are serviced across three maintenance facilities and four fueling sites, Sarasota County Fleet Services implemented a new safety training program. Weekly in-depth safety inspections are conducted and then rolled into a monthly shop inspection that is completed by a separate set of eyes to gain maximum input. OSHA recorded injury days counters were placed at each of the shops as a reminder to all staff to be safety conscious. This is also used as an incentive for the shop that reaches a targeted number of days without an accident will receive a staff reward.  Ron Kennedy, CEM says, “With the help of our shop managers buy-in we reviewed maintenance class scheduling and guidelines for preventative maintenance work orders.” In terms of preventive maintenance, Sarasota implemented a data-driven life cycle cost analysis to match maintenance intervals more accurately. Ron says, “Over the course of the past year we reviewed our active assets to complete a full life cycle cost analysis. We currently hold over 300 maintenance classifications of assets. We reviewed each asset profile for historic data, maintenance costs, total capital value to establish true life cycles and future replacement costs based on a pre-determined inflation factor. At the completion of the study, we found that we were able to extend specific classes of life cycles and adjust our recurring chargeback rates for an over budgetary reduction of $2 Million dollars in our Acquisition fund.”

Emily Petersen, AEMP’s Awards Coordinator said, “We’re proud of these companies’ achievements. It’s an honor to hear about their hard work celebrate their success. We’re grateful to have such a great field of candidates and thank each one of them for their participation and enthusiasm, and hope others will be encouraged to participate next year.”

About AEMP

Formed in 1982, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals represents fleet professionals working in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining and more. AEMP maintains relationships among manufacturers, users, governmental agencies, educational institutions and others involved in the design and management of heavy equipment.

AEMP’s “Equipment Triangle” is that a balanced relationship must exist between the End User, Distributor, and OEM/Supplier in the life cycle of a piece of heavy equipment or product. AEMP advances this philosophy through its education and certification programs. 


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