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 FRANK WOHLETZ CONTROLLER, POLAR TANK TRAILER

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (March 8, 2013)—Polar Tank Trailer, one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, has hired Frank Wohletz as division controller.

Prior to his new role, Wohletz was chief financial officer at Microbiologics, a medical device manufacturer. Previously he was U.S. division controller for New Flyer, a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses, and worked at Polar Corporation in financial management positions from 1993 to 1999. Wohletz was the company’s controller from 1995 to 1999.

“Frank’s accounting and financial background in manufacturing, and specifically in heavy-duty vehicle manufacturing, will be a real benefit to us as we continue to grow our business,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer.

Wohletz holds both an MBA and a bachelor of science degree in accounting 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 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 Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR TANK TRAILER NAMES JOHN KOLL DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, HIRES DON OLSON AS SALES MANAGER – WESTERN U.S.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Feb. 26, 2013)—Polar Tank Trailer, one of North America’s largest producers of trailers for dry and liquid bulk freight, has named John Koll director of product management, a new department created to improve the company’s existing line of tank trailers and to identify opportunities to develop new products.

Koll will lead a team of managers that will work closely with manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, and sales to oversee the entire line of Polar Tank Trailer products. “Under John’s direction, this team’s mission is to ensure that the trailers we engineer and build are meeting the exacting needs of our customers today and in the future,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer. “This is an exciting, progressive position within Polar, and John is the right person to lead this effort.”

To replace Koll, the company has hired Don Olson as Western regional sales manager. Olson is responsible for new equipment sales in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, and for used equipment sales in these states as well as in New Mexico and Colorado.

“Don has a wealth of experience in the tank industry and his strong relationships among dry and liquid bulk fleets in the West will be instrumental as we expand our business in the region,” Painter said.

Olson comes to Polar Tank Trailer from Beall Corporation, where he was vice president of sales in Southern California from 2002 to 2012. His extensive career in the tank business includes a position as Polar Tank Co.’s regional sales manager for the Upper Midwest from 1988 to 1995.

Polar Tank Trailer designs and builds aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for dry and liquid 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 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 Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR CORPORATION ACQUIRES BEALL PARTS AND SERVICE BUSINESS

 

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Feb. 4, 2013)—Polar Corporation announced today that it has acquired the assets of Beall Transport Equipment Co. (BTEC), the aftermarket parts and service division of Beall Corporation.

BTEC has branches in Denver; Salt Lake City; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Kent, Wash.; and Billings, Mont. They will join the Polar Service Centers national network of parts and service locations. Branches in Portland, Phoenix, and Billings will be integrated with existing facilities currently operated by Polar’s service, parts, and equipment business known as Polar Service Centers.

“With stable financial footing, these former Beall branches will have more flexibility to deliver the high-quality service that Beall customers have come to appreciate over the years,” said Ted Fick, president and CEO of Polar Corporation. “Meanwhile, Polar customers will benefit from the high level of competency and experience of Beall technicians. Their expertise is exceptional within the commercial tank industry and we’re excited to bring them into the Polar family.”

Fick said the Beall locations align well with Polar Service Centers and its independent dealers, especially in the Western United States. Together, the organizations will provide commercial tank carriers with the most comprehensive aftermarket parts and service network in the industry.

With a nationwide network of branch locations and independent dealers, Polar Service Centers is the only national parts and service network dedicated to dry and liquid tank equipment. It provides convenient, consistent access to aftermarket parts and qualified technicians who can work on any brand of tank trailer, as well as sales of new and used tank equipment.

The transaction closed Feb. 1; financial terms were not disclosed. Beall Corporation has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since September.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three divisions, 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 Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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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 TANK TRAILER NAMES JEFF BEHRENS DIRECTOR OF PURCHASING

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Jan. 4, 2013)—Polar Tank Trailer, North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, has named Jeff Behrens director of purchasing.

Based in Opole, Minn., Behrens is responsible for procurement and logistics for the company’s three manufacturing plants. Previously, Behrens was division controller for Polar Service Centers. He was controller for Polar Tank Trailer from 1997 to 2011.

“Jeff’s financial and management experience at Polar, including his extensive knowledge of our operations and supplier relationships, are great assets as we grow and support our customers,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer.

Behrens has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buena Vista University and a CPA designation.

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 Rockwell American 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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QUALITY TRAILER PRODUCTS, CENTURY WHEEL & RIM CHANGE NAME TO ROCKWELL AMERICAN

Polar Corporation unifies trailer-component brands under a single identity

AZLE, Texas (DRAFT)—Polar Corporation today announced that its Quality Trailer Products and Century Wheel & Rim operations are officially doing business as Rockwell American effective Jan. 2.

The change culminates a year-long initiative to unify the company’s Quality Trailer Products, Century Wheel & Rim, and Rockwell American brands under a single identity. The company’s legal name and structure will not change, nor has there been a change in ownership, management, or locations. The new web site address is www.rockwellamerican.com.

“The Rockwell American name has long been associated with quality, reliability, and service, a reputation we’ve maintained since acquiring Rockwell American Manufacturing in 2005,” said Chris Dietemann, president.

Over the years, the company has significantly broadened its line of manufactured and distributed trailer parts through acquisitions, rigorous product development, and long-term supplier relationships. “The decision reinforces our position as an integrated supplier to trailer builders and the trailer aftermarket,” Dietemann said.

In addition to stocking trailer parts through a wholly owned national sales and distribution network, Rockwell American manufactures and markets wheels, axles, fenders, brake components, leaf springs, and other components for light, medium, and heavy duty commercial trailers.

Based in Azle, Texas, Rockwell American is a division of Polar Corporation, North America’s largest manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers.

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 Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR NAMES RICK JECH CONTROLLER, POLAR SERVICE CENTERS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Jan. 18, 2013)—Polar Service Centers, the national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has hired Rick Jech as division controller. He reports to Mike Evans, president of Polar Service Centers.

Prior to his new role, Jech was senior director of finance at McNeilus Companies, a division of Oshkosh Corporation. His management responsibilities included finance functions for the company’s branch equipment and aftermarket operations.

“Rick’s extensive knowledge of the commercial-vehicle business as well as his understanding of the heavy-duty aftermarket make him a great choice for this position,” Evans said.

Jech replaces Jeff Behrens, who was named director of purchasing at Polar Tank Trailer. Jech has bachelor’s degree in accounting from Winona State University.

With more than 30 locations across the United States, Polar Service Centers is the only national parts and service network dedicated to dry and liquid tank equipment. It provides convenient, consistent access to aftermarket parts and qualified technicians who can work on any brand of tank trailer, as well as sales of new and used tank equipment.

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 Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for light, medium, and heavy-duty commercial trailers. 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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