Dodge Center-based McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing is recalling more than 3,000 garbage trucks for a possible problem with air tank connections.
The trucks, made in 2003, are ones built on an Autocar brand chassis.
Possible faulty reconnection of air lines to the holdback valve could cause serious problems.
McNeilus is telling truck owners to bring in truck for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.
The issue was first reported at the end of June and the recall began this month.
McNeilus, which is an OshKosh Corp. company, makes concrete mixers and garbage trucks.The truck maker employs about 1,200 people.
Giving back to the community is more important than ever when times are hard.
That's the philosophy behind a series of three large donations totaling
$50,000 this week by Dodge Center's McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing
Inc. and its parent company, Oshkosh Corp.
"Times are tough. We are all going through the worst recession any of
us have seen in our careers. But these charities need us more than
than they did when the economy was booming," is how McNeilus president
Mike Wuest describes the philosophy of Oshkosh CEO Bob Bohn.
For local non-profits, that means larger-than-usual contributions being
made to the Dodge County Food Shelf, Channel One Food Shelf and Mayo
Bohn and Wuest presented a check for $10,000 to the Dodge County group
Wednesday and they are giving $15,000 to Channel One and $25,000 to
Mayo Clinic today.
Wuest says the addition of the food shelves to this year's donation is new. "
With the unemployment rate, we thought this would be the year that
those groups would need as much help as we could give them," he says.
With the concrete market at the lowest levels ever seen, McNeilus,
which makes concrete mixers as well as other products, has adjusted its
own employee numbers as well as pay during the past two years.
"It has been a tough couple of years and our employees had to step up
from a compensation standpoint and we've been able to restore that
compensation," Wuest says. "We are the company we are because of our
employees and the pride they have in what they do."
Overall, the truck maker's employee numbers have stabilized at 1,200.
"This is isn't a company that thinks of bonuses or that extra penny a share. I think every dollar invested in our community pays back tenfold," said Wuest. "I know that sounds corny, but that's true."
OK, that is a very strained and obscure reference to The Clash in the headline to this posting. Sorry. It's Monday.
Anyway, opportunity is not just knocking, it is dialing up and calling Z-Wireless.
The certified Verizon Wireless reseller that opened a Rochester office early last month in the new Broadway Corner Plaza at 2008 S. Broadway is already looking for more locations.
“We want to have at least three in Rochester,” says regional manager Jeremy Girgen.
“We’re looking to go on north end and on the very south end of Rochester. We’re pretty close to signing on one location.”
Here's a quick piece by the astute Bob Freubd about a layoff at McNeilus Cos.:
Vehicle manufacturer McNeilus Cos. cut back its work force companywide by about 50 employees late last week due in part to a slowdown in sales of concrete mixers.
About 20 of the layoffs came from McNeilus headquarters factory in Dodge Center, said Ann Stawski, spokeswoman for parent company Oshkosh Corp.
The remainder came from other production and field operations, such as the company’s 20 branches across the United Sates and Canada.
The laid-off employees represent less than 10 percent of the McNeilus work force, Stawski said.
Current business conditions helped to trigger the reductions. “Our concrete mixer business is operating at sharply reduced levels due to the slowdown in residential construction,” as well as another factor affecting sales, Oshkosh announced in its quarterly report on Feb. 1, when the cutback took place.
McNeilus produces concrete mixers and refuse hauling bodies and mounts them on chassis for trucks.
Evidently, a student group has become emission free by working with a company called Terrapass.
Here's some from the story to explain Terrapass and the link to Dodge Center:
“Now that we are running a trip almost every weekend… sometimes two trips on the same weekend, we have to take greater steps to offset the emissions we are creating,” said Gus Tolley, an Excursion Club director and trip leader.
Companies like TerraPass have become popular recently due to increasing concern for global climate change. Tolley said the club purchases credits from the TerraPass website based on the miles members travel round trip by car on each expedition.
“[The TerraPass website has] an emissions calculator that estimates the amount of CO2 your car generates based on the mileage you drive and recommends different passes for different amounts of CO2 produced,” Tolley said.
Buying a TerraPass, the company suggests, is the indirect equivalent of offsetting carbon emitted and its consequences on the environment. According to the TerraPass website, the funds are used to purchase environmental credits from one of several earth-friendly projects. For example, the site said it has given the Garwin McNeilus wind turbine farm in Minnesota enough money to equal the amount of yearly emissions of about 400 mid-sized cars.
Here's some from the wind power section of the TerraPass Web site:
» Garwin McNeilus 1,792 tons CO2 saved
» Solano High Winds 100 tons CO2 saved
» Ainsworth Wind 2,352 tons CO2 saved
• 4,244 tons CO2 total
One of the largest sources for wind power purchases for TerraPass is the Garwin McNeilus Wind Farm in Dodge Center, Minnesota. This project delivers power to Mid-Continental Area Power Pool (MAPP), which in turn supplies electricity to people in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and parts of Wisconsin, Montana, Iowa and South Dakota. In the last year TerraPass has purchased credits for nearly 1,800 tons of CO2 from the McNeilus Wind Farm alone. That's equivalent to the amount carbon emitted by about 400 mid-size cars in a year. We think that's definitely driving in the right direction.
Today IBM kicked out its latest earnings report. Here a rough schedule of when other corporate reports with local connections will be coming out. Thanks to detailed-oriented Bob Freund for this list:
* Jan. 22:
HMN Financial, Q4, p.m. release
* Jan. 23
Rochester Medical Corp , Q1, a.m. release.
* Jan. 31
Dover Corp. (operates Crenlo L.L.C.), Q4, likely a.m. release
* Feb. 2
Oshkosh Truck Corp. (McNeilus Cos. Inc.), Q1, a.m. release
* Feb. 6
Benchmark Electronics (new owner of Pemstar Inc), Q4, either a.m.
release or prior day p.m. release.
Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (five local hotels + laundry), Q4,
* Feb. 12
General Growth (owns Apache Mall), Q4, ? release.
* Feb. 13, 14, or 15
SPSS Corp. (homegrown ShowCase division is based here), Q4, p.m.
* Feb. 19
Hormel Foods Corp., Q1, a.m. release.
Here's a timely piece by Bob Freund about McNeilus Cos. cutting 50 jobs, mostly in Minnesota:
Truck manufacturer McNeilus Cos. is cutting 50 employees from its payroll – most of which work in Minnesota – and reorganizing some jobs in advance of an anticipated slowdown in sales of its garbage trucks and concrete mixers.
“McNeilus is going through a downsizing of its work force,” a spokeswoman said. About 50 workers, mostly away from the factory floor, were laid off on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, this is being driven by the challenging market environments that we’re seeing in the US. commercial markets for refuse and concrete (trucks),” said Kirsten Skyba, spokeswoman for Oshkosh Truck Corp., McNeilus’ parent company, in a statement.
The layoffs affect about 3 percent of the 1,850 workers employed McNeilus at its home plant in Dodge Center, its satellite factories in Dexter and in Iowa, and its nationwide sales and distribution networks.
Skyba declined to detail where the affected workers are located. However, the majority are in Minnesota, she said. Most are not production employees.
“It was really a restructuring,” Skyba said. “McNeilus has struggled with profitability over the past three to four years.”
My question is what local businesses have blogs and how successful at connecting with people are they? I know CWS and Conxis have blogs, but how about Venture or even companies like McNeilus, Pemstar, PSI (the maker of Vanicream or Hormel?
If they don't have blogs, was it a concious decision?
Anway, here's some from the Undersigned's piece:
More and more companies are entering the world of blogging, but why do they do it - what are the benefits?
The Internet is evolving, and so is the blogging phenomenon. .................
Business blogs can be a good choice for both large and small companies - most companies already have a profile on the internet, but especially smaller companies are struggling to get visitors, and have serious problems reaching people interested in their field of business. Start a blog and use various ping services to reach out to millions of readers all over the world!
You know your field of business the best
To run a company you will have to know what you’re doing - you know your field of business, maybe even be a “guru” on the topic - why wouldn’t you share your knowledge? Why wouldn’t you also be known as the “guru”?
You might already have a news-section on your website, but who is reading it, besides your existing customers? With a blog it is easier to reach new readers!
Give each employee access to the blog, and let them blog about your companies business field too. While they compete on getting most comments, they write better and better content, in your companies best interest.
Use the blog as a tool of communication, not only to your existing customers, but also the rest of the world. Use the blog to give small hints about new products, create a hype, start rumours etc. Make the press interested! More and more blogs are being quoted in newspapers and magazines - blogs are being more accepted as a way of communicating, than they ever have before.