Polar Corporation Announces New President of Polar Service Centers

Houston, Texas – (March 15, 2017) – Polar Corporation has appointed Mike Besson as President of Polar Service Centers. In his new role, Besson will continue a focus on improving the organization’s operational and financial performance by enhancing employee safety, technician efficiencies, parts inventory optimization and service profit margins. Besson will focus on accelerating and stabilizing this process of improvement as the company continues to grow market share.

Besson attended the University of Texas and was previously employed by Rush Enterprises, where he worked for more than 21 years, most recently as Managing Vice President of Service and Body Shop Operations. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the Parts, Service and Body Operations for both Navistar and Peterbilt divisions.

Mike’s wealth of experience will be integral to the continued growth of Polar Service Centers around the country,” stated Doug Chapple, CEO of Polar Corporation and EnTrans International, LLC. “We’re happy to welcome him on board as we grow and enhance our operations.”

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three divisions, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Jarco is a leader in providing customized trucks, trailers and technical services to the fuel transportation industry.

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POLAR myLIFT – Hassle-free lift axle control. Every load, every time. – “Patent Pending”


See myLIFT in action!

The Polar MyLift™ valve automatically deploys and lifts up to two axles by reading the pressure in the fixed-axle air suspension. When the trailer reaches full load, the lift axles deploy. Once unloaded, the axles return to the lifted position. It’s all automatic, with no input from the driver and no connection to switches in the cab of the truck.

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Polar MyLift valves come factory set for each application, and can be customized for a wide variety of axle configurations. The MyLift system also extends wheel-end component life and reduces tire wear.

POLAR MYLIFT ADVANTAGES

  • Automatically responds to the pressure in primary suspension air bags to lower the lift axle once loaded
  • Evenly distributes the load between the axles
  • Designed to perform in the harshest of operating environments
  • External, easy-access override switch for manual lift axle control
  • Fail-safe lowers axle when power is removed

FEATURES

  • Sealed stainless steel enclosure prevents corrosion
  • Compatible with all ECU brands and all suspension manufacturer under-beam lift systems
  • Plug-and-play with various wiring harness manufacturers
  • Highest net solenoid shifting forces on the market
  • High wattage coils for improved performance
  • Balanced valve design for superior reliability
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Doug Chapple Named Chief Executive Officer of American Industrial Partners Portfolio Companies EnTrans International, LLC and Polar Corporation

April 20, 2016 – American Industrial Partners (AIP) is pleased to announce the appointment of
Doug Chapple as the CEO of its portfolio companies EnTrans International, LLC (“EnTrans”)
and Polar Corporation (“Polar”) effective immediately.
Dino Cusumano, Partner at AIP, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Doug at EnTrans and
Polar. Doug is a very talented and experienced CEO with a multi-decade track record of
success across numerous businesses in the industrial economy. Doug’s capabilities, skills and
experience are particularly well suited to EnTrans and Polar, and we all look forward to
collaborating with him on this exciting endeavor.”
Doug Chapple commented, “I am very excited to take on the leadership role at EnTrans and
Polar. Each of these businesses has iconic brand names and strong market positions
developed through decades of providing the highest quality products to their customers. I look
forward to working with their dedicated employees to continue to grow these companies in the
future.”

Doug brings 40 years of leadership within positions in the industrial economy ranging across
business functions, including sales, operations, production, marketing, new product
development, Lean manufacturing and global sourcing.
He was CEO of the Walker Group from 2006 to 2013. Most recently, Doug was CEO of Francis
Drilling Fluids, LTD, where he led the business through a series of acquisitions and growth in
the oil and gas services industry. Doug was also the CEO of Sarnamotive Bluewater, Inc., and
GDX Automotive; prior to that, he was a Vice President at Key Plastics, Inc.
Doug holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute and an MBA
from University of Western Ontario.

ABOUT AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS
American Industrial Partners (AIP) is an operationally oriented middle-market private equity firm
that makes control investments in North American-based industrial businesses serving domestic
and global markets. The firm has deep roots in the industrial economy and has been active in
private equity investing since 1989. To date, AIP has completed over 50 transactions and
currently has more than $3.5 billion of assets under management. AIP invests in all forms of
corporate divestitures, management buyouts, recapitalizations and going-private transactions of
established businesses with revenues of $75 million to $1 billion.

Media Contact: Tamzen Meyer / (260) 497-0113 / tmeyer@labov.com

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POLAR ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS RANDY ARLT, PRESIDENT AND KENNY BROWN, PROGRAM MANAGER – POLAR TANK TRAILER

Minnetonka, MN, March 2016 – Polar Tank Trailer, one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, is pleased to announce that Randy Arlt has rejoined the company and been named President. Randy replaces Jim Painter, who will be retiring from Polar Tank after serving in a transitional role for the remainder of the year.

Additionally, Kenny Brown has joined the company in the role of Program Manager. Kenny brings a breadth of tank trailer and energy market experience, most recently serving as a regional sales manager and business development leader.

“We’re excited to have both Randy and Kenny join the Polar Tank team in these important leadership roles as we continue to enhance our product portfolio and expand our distribution. Both bring substantial experience and incredible talent to an organization poised for continued growth,” said Randall Swift, chief executive officer. “We would also like to thank Jim Painter for his many years of valuable service to Polar and for his support in transitioning the leadership of the business.”

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Polar Tank Trailer designs and manufactures aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for bulk cargoes, including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals and corrosives. The company has manufacturing operations in Minnesota, Missouri and Mexico.

Polar Corporation consists of three divisions, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Jarco is a leader in providing customized trucks, trailers and technical services to the fuel transportation industry.

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Polar Tank to offer Stainless Steel Hangers on Hendrickson Suspensions

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Polar Tank Trailer LLC announces the product innovation of stainless steel hangers and upper spring plates available with Hendrickson suspensions.  Polar and Hendrickson have partnered together to bring an enhanced air-ride suspensions available for a full range of tank trailers, exclusively for Polar Tank Trailer.

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The new parts provide the corrosion resistance of stainless steel while offering improved appearance, increased strength, and superior durability.  The new hangers will increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process at Polar Tank while replacing steel parts with innovative, high-strength stainless steel hangers to provide increased longevity, low maintenance, and the exceptional durability that our customers have come to expect from Polar Trailers.

Stainless steel suspension advantages

  • Eliminates corrosion in sensitive, hard to reach areas
  • Increased longevity, durability and low maintenance
  • Outperforms conventional steel components in durability testing
  • Paint-free corrosion resistance
  • Improved appearance
  • Developed in conjunction with Hendrickson

Features

  • Structural grade, high-strength stainless steel
  • Hendrickson’s proven, lightweight INTRAAX design
  • Optimized sub-frame design for light weight and manufacturability, through intensive use of computer simulation
  • Robotically welded sub-frame for optimum strength and consistency
  • “Soft Coat” corrosion resistant coating used on trailing arms and axle, incorporating self-healing characteristics
  • Available exclusively on an extensive range of Polar Trailers
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POLAR SERVICE CENTERS NAMES GARY MURPHY DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, NORTH REGION

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Jan, 2014—Polar Service Centers, the national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy Director Of Business Development, north region.
“We are excited to have Gary rejoin the Polar team, Gary is a proven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the tank trailer and tank truck parts and service business,” said Mike Evans, president of Polar Service Centers. “Working with our branches across the entire northern half of the US, Gary will provide sales leadership and management in support of our new business efforts with specific emphasis on enhancing Polar Service Centers abilities to support the needs of tank trailer and tank truck operators.”

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POLAR NAMES JIM BACH DIRECTOR OF MATERIALS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Dec. X, 2012)—Polar Tank Trailer, North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, has hired Jim Bach as director of materials.

In his new role, Bach is responsible for planning, master scheduling, and inventory optimization for the company’s manufacturing operations in Opole and Holdingford, Minn.

Prior to joining Polar, Bach spent nearly 17 years in senior management positions focused on forecasting, demand planning, materials handling, distribution, and quality within the medical device industry. “Jim’s role is vital to our efficiency, productivity, and ability meet customer demand,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer. “His extensive background in manufacturing and materials management makes him ideally suited to this job.”

Bach has bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Cloud State University.

Polar Tank Trailer designs and builds aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for bulk cargoes, including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, and corrosives. The company has plants in Opole and Holdingford, Minn., and Springfield, Mo.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers;  Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Quality Trailer Products manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR INTRODUCES INDUSTRY’S MOST ADVANCED MC-331 TANK TRAILER

Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport features powder-coated barrel, all-stainless piping for durability and lower lifecycle costs

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Dec. 14, 2012)—Polar Corporation today introduced its first trailer for the North American propane industry, the Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport.

Designed for durability and low lifecycle costs, the Polar NexGen MC-331 is the first highway transport with a powder-coated barrel, delivering up to three times the life of traditional paint. It limits nicks to the point of impact and in most cases will eliminate the need to refurbish and repaint the barrel every three to five years.

The Polar NexGen MC-331 trailer has all-stainless piping and aluminum or stainless decking and fenders for further corrosion protection. It is also equipped with all-welded liquid piping, Blackmer or Corken product pumps, Marshall Excelsior valves, and BASE Engineering radio remote shutdown systems. Fender and decking construction is modular for easy service and lower repair costs.

The Polar NexGen MC-331 was developed collaboratively, leveraging engineering resources across Polar and JARCO, the industry’s leading producer of propane bobtails with a 53-year history in the propane vehicle market. Polar acquired JARCO in 2010.

“This trailer builds on the success of the NexGen propane bobtail introduced by Polar earlier this year,” said Ted Fick, president and CEO of Polar Corporation. “It extends the benefits of the NexGen bobtail to over-the-road propane transporters.”

Fick explained that as North America’s largest manufacturer of trailers for dry and liquid bulk freight, Polar can offer fleets a wider variety of suspensions, axles, rollover protection, and central tire inflation systems, as well as custom engineering options.

The Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport trailer is available through Polar Tank Trailer, authorized independent dealers, and Polar Service Centers, a national network of over 30 locations offering trailer parts, service, and sales. It is assembled in Salem, Ill.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Quality Trailer Products manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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Clean Machines

A 6-point strategy for managing the effects of dirt and dust on tank trailers
Cleanliness is next to impossible for truck operators in the Bakken shale area of northwestern North Dakota, where it seems every piece of equipment wears a brick-brown coat of powder-fine dirt.


The operating environment is as harsh as you’ll find in terms of dust, and there’s more of it hanging in the air every day. Roughly 10,000 trucks associated with the oil and gas industry in North Dakota use state and county roads daily. They service more than 6,000 active oil wells in the Bakken region, most of them accessible only by gravel road.
Dirt—and, for that matter, mud and grime—can obscure the kind of mechanical troubles that lead to infractions, premature failures, and all-around poor performance of truck and trailer components.
“It’s impossible to keep equipment clean all the time, and a dirty truck doesn’t mean it’s poorly maintained,” says Tom Stene, general manager of the Polar Service Center location in Killdeer, N.D., which provides parts and service to dry and liquid bulk tank fleets. “You just can’t let a layer of dust create or mask problems.”
Whether you maintain trucks in the oilpatch or some other demanding environment, Stene offers six simple PM ideas you can use to manage dirt and other contaminants on tank trucks and trailers:
1. Rinse the vehicle
Commit to a power rinse once a week. Straight water will do; no chemicals or detergents. Make sure lighting and other conspicuity systems stay clean, and take care when you spray frame attachment points, welds, wheel ends, electrical connections, grease points, gladhands, air lines, and piping.
“A wash is a chance to visually inspect the truck and trailer because you point your eyes wherever you aim the spray nozzle,” Stene says. Note problems on the body or frame so you can address them during scheduled service.
While you’re at it, give the trailer’s inspection decal a wipe. You won’t forget when the inspection is due because the decal is covered in dirt.
2. Expand your greasing regimen
You can eliminate repairs by making sure components are getting the lubrication they need. At the same time, look for worn or broken fittings. A worn fitting will shoot the grease back and the joint or component won’t get lubricated. Inform the shop so you can deal with it before the component fails.
3. Inspect fenders and mud flaps
Dirt and rocks from access roads can hammer away at fenders and mud flaps, causing impact damage and holes. A loose fender or missing mud flap is a hazard to other motorists who have to deal with road spray and errant stones. It’s also going to draw the attention of inspectors to your tires and wheels, Stene says.
“Fenders, mud flaps, and mounting hardware are often overlooked during walkaround inspections,” he explains. If something feels loose, find out why. If you need a replacement, choose a quality component with proper hardware.
4. Check air system filters
Water in the air system is bad news, especially when it’s cold enough outside for moisture in the air lines or valves to freeze. Desiccant in the truck’s air dryer will absorb water, oil, and other contaminants, but over time it will become saturated to the point where it should be replaced.
The simplest way to know whether moisture is getting past the air dryer is for the driver to drain the tanks on the truck every day. Set a schedule that’s realistic and makes sense, and show the driver how to do it. If there’s water on the ground beneath the drain valve, it’s a sign that moisture is getting through to the air tanks
When you buy a replacement air dryer cartridge, match it to the original spec. Off-brand products may not have as much desiccant material inside or use a less effective desiccant.
You may not separate our tractors and trailers often, but when you do don’t let that gladhand lay out open. Dirt can enter the air system and ultimately settle at the end of the line: inside the brake valves.
If the gladhand has an inline filter, talk to the supplier about how and when to inspect it. A plugged filter can disrupt brake timing. If the restriction is bad enough to trip a by-pass feature, you’re still passing dirty air through the system.
5. Don’t get creative
It’s one thing to jury-rig parts to make them function well enough to get you to a repair shop. It’s another to leave them on there.
A part that’s obsolete or just doesn’t fit right is far less likely to stand up to dirt, moisture, vibration, and a more severe duty cycle. It’s better to remove that component and install a new, modern replacement.
You should not have to fabricate something every time you fix the trailer, Stene says. Quality all-makes or genuine parts are designed to give you the fit and performance you expect from the original, they come with a warranty to back them up, and the mechanic can do the installation efficiently.
6. Make time for inspections
Every 90 days, or at an interval that makes sense for your operation, schedule a thorough inspection in the shop. You’ll catch the little things before they become big problems and show everyone—drivers, mechanics, and other staff—that preventive maintenance is a priority.
Stene also encourages drivers to use time while loading or fueling to check their trucks and trailers. The pre-trip shouldn’t be the driver’s only inspection of the day, he says. Drivers are constantly monitoring gauges and mirrors, listening for unusual noises, and feeling the way the unit is handling on the road. Each exit from the cab should prompt another walkaround.
With a systematic approach to inspections, he says, you reduce the risk of roadside breakdowns, unscheduled maintenance, and possibly accidents and injuries.

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POLAR SERVICE CENTERS ADDS LOCATION IN PORTLAND, ORE.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (August 30, 2012)—Polar Service Centers has opened a second, larger location in metropolitan Portland, Ore., specializing in parts, service, and major repairs for all makes of bulk tank trailers and tank bodies.

The new Polar Service Center facility is located at 6309 N.E. Columbia Blvd. in Portland, just south of Portland International Airport. Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, it has six service bays and is ASME National Board R-stamp certified.

“This is perhaps the best-equipped shop in the region to perform significant repair work on commercial tanks,” said Mike Evans, president of Polar Service Centers. “It also has the inventory to be the leading source of aftermarket parts for dry and liquid bulk tank trucks and trailers in the Portland area.”

Other services at Portland include CHM-183 and DOT inspections; tractor rig-outs and tank-trailer customization; and sales of new and used tank trucks and trailers.

Evans added that the Portland location is an excellent complement to the Polar Service Center Express Shop in Vancouver, Wash. Less than 10 miles away, the Vancouver facility provides customers with a convenient location for periodic tank inspections, maintenance, and all-makes parts.

The Portland and Vancouver Polar Service Centers are managed by John Yazzolino. For a complete list of Polar Service Center locations, visit www.polartank.com.

Polar Service Centers is the only national network of factory-owned parts and service locations for all makes of tank trailers and bodies. The company has 30 locations across the United States.

Polar Service Centers is a division of Polar Corporation, North America’s largest manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers. The company designs and builds custom tank trailers for dry and liquid bulk cargoes including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, and corrosives. www.polartank.com

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer manufactures tank trailers. Polar Service Centers provides tank-trailer parts, repair, and service, and also designs and builds custom 2,500 to 6,500 gallon up-fits for the propane and pressure truck-mounted tank market. Quality Trailer Products manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. www.polartank.com.

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