Prime Design Announces New Territory Managers for Great Lakes and Northeast Territories

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Bob Dakin

Bob Dakin

WEST SAINT PAUL, MN (February 2015) – Prime Design is pleased to announce the addition of Bob Dakin as the new Great Lakes Territory Manager and Matt Lewis as the new Northeast Territory Manager. Both will be responsible for Utility business growth in their respective regions.

Bob entered sales management in 2008, following a career in law enforcement as Lieutenant and four years in the US Marine Corp where he was honorably discharged as Sergeant. Most recently, Bob spent over five years as Regional Sales Manager selling into the specialty and utility vehicle markets with Harrison Hydraulic Solutions and Smart Power, Inc.

Bob earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement from Westshore Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Enterprise Leadership from Central Michigan University. While practicing law enforcement, he was selected and completed a residency in the FBI National Leadership Academy at the University of Virginia, Quantico.

Bob will be responsible for the new Great Lakes territory which consists of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and can be reached at bdakin@romcorp.com or by calling 816-506-4956.

Before joining Prime Design, Matt worked for Telogis, Inc., a fleet management supplier, as Sales Executive calling on OEM dealers and fleets. Prior to Telogis, he spent several years with Nissan North America and Chrysler Corporation in sales management and parts and service management capacities, including a two-year rotation in Belgium.

Matt graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Automotive Management and a Masters in Workforce Education Development.

Matt will be responsible for the new Northeast territory which consists of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington D.C. and West Virginia and can be reached at mlewis@romcorp.com or by calling 816-260-5089.

For more information on our sales team, visit www.primedesign.net/contact.

About Prime Design
Established in 1992, Prime Design, based in West Saint Paul, MN, is the leading innovator of ladder storage solutions for fleet vehicles. When loading a ladder, these solutions help reduce back and muscle strain while keeping feet safely on the ground. Telecommunication workers, insurance estimators, general contractors, and other vehicle-based occupations rely on Prime Design to improve productivity and reduce Workers’ Compensation claims. For more information, please visit www.primedesign.net.

Additional Staff and Role Changes Enhance Customer Service at Prime Design

Prime Design LogoWEST ST. PAUL, MN (December 2014) – In an effort to better serve customers and support its growing distribution network, Prime Design announces several staff and role changes effective December 1.

First, Prime Design is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis DeLeonard who will serve in the newly created role of Strategic Account Manager. In this position, he will focus on providing service to national fleet accounts and upfitters in the eastern region of North America.

“Dennis has over 35 years of experience within the transportation industry. He most recently worked as a consultant and has held sales and marketing positions at Truck Accessories Group (TAG) and Durakon Industries,” said Don Fishel, Utility Division Vice President for Safe Fleet (Prime Design’s parent company).

With the addition of DeLeonard, Larry Bertrand has been promoted to a similar position of Strategic Account Manager serving the western region of North America. Larry began his career at Prime Design in 2012 and has gained valuable experience as a customer liaison.

With the promotion of Bertrand, Tom Seifert will assume the responsibilities of Product Manager (the position vacated by Bertrand) in addition to managing the inside sales team.

“Tom began his career at Prime Design in 1999 and has developed extensive hands-on experience, making him a natural fit for the additional responsibilities of Product Manager,” said Fishel.

Established in 1992, Prime Design, based in West Saint Paul, MN, is the leading innovator of ladder storage solutions for fleet vehicles. When loading a ladder, these solutions help reduce back and muscle strain while keeping feet safely on the ground.

Telecommunication workers, insurance estimators, general contractors, and other vehicle-based occupations rely on Prime Design to improve productivity and reduce Workers’ Compensation claims. For more information, please visit www.primedesign.net. Or, to learn about the additional brands owned by Prime Design’s parent company, Safe Fleet, visit www.safefleet.net.

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Contact:
Cameron Blain
Marketing Manager
(800) 827-3692

Maranda CTB Debuts Fuel Sipper Integrated Ladder Rack

Patented integrated ladder rack design gets fleet vehicles into parking garages and car washes previously not accessible. 

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The newest capsule design by Maranda Composite Truck Body integrates an ergonomic ladder rack into the capsule, eliminating 8? of total truck height.

Note: The following is a news release and website posting from Maranda Composite Truck Bodies, detailing Maranda’s partnering with Prime Design on a unique ergonomic ladder rack design.

Sherman, CT (March 10, 2014) – Maranda Composite Truck Body gave customers their first public look at its newest truck designs at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.  Among them was the first ever integrated ergonomic ladder rack.

Maranda Composite Truck Body introduced the Fuel Sipper M-Series Workshop Capsule to the delight of its customers servicing metropolitan areas.

Maranda CTB worked together with Prime Design on this exclusive and patented design to integrate an ergonomic ladder rack into the capsule.

The integration shortens the total height of the truck by 8? with the top of its drop-down ladder rack below height restrictions of virtually all parking garages built since the 1970s on many trucks.  Moreover, the design allows technicians to take their vehicles through car washes and drive-thru windows.

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By integrating a drop-down ladder rack into the capsule, Maranda Composite Truck Body has made a more lightweight and aerodynamic solution, translating to improved MPG.

Of financial benefit with this new design is improved fuel economy due to greater aerodynamics and the elimination of 60 lbs of ladder rack support structure in the design.

A video demonstrating the use of the integrated low-profile ladder rack and more pictures are available on the M-Series Fuel Sipper page.

Maranda CTB also had other new designs highlighted at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

The first was a Maranda M-170 Workshop Capsule with CASECO MidBox integration on a Ford F-150.  This combination offers the convenience of a secure storage solution in the MidBox with the flexibility and transferability of a Maranda Workshop Capsule.

The other was Maranda CTB’s line of domestic service bodies, including the Maranda Sprinter Service Body and S-56 Service Body.  These completely fiberglass bodies weigh-in significantly less than their counterparts, providing greater fuel economy and allowing smaller chassis or greater payload.

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Maranda S-Series Composite Service Bodies add volume while reducing fuel consumption.

More information is available at www.compositetruckbody.com.

About Maranda Composite Truck Body

With over 40 years of history, Maranda Composite Truck Body is the leading fiberglass automotive body manufacturer in North America. A household name in Canada, Maranda recently began engaging its innovative body solutions with U.S. fleets and contractors.  In addition to a complete line of Maranda Composite Service Bodies, Maranda’s product line includes Maranda Composite Workshop Capsules, all-enclosed fiberglass pickup truck capsules providing an ergonomic and transferable solution while allowing for the conveniences of a pickup truck.

Maranda Management Contact

Dan O’Connell
860-350-0890
dan.oconnell@compositetruckbody.com
www.compositetruckbody.com

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Prime Design Improves Customer Service; Adds Seven Territory Managers

West St. Paul, MN (March 3, 2014) – Prime Design, of West St. Paul, MN, is pleased to announce the addition of seven full-time Territory Managers as part of a recent Safe Fleet realignment.

“Territory Managers in our Safe Fleet Utility division are on the ground to provide a familiar face and full support for our entire portfolio of products,” said Don Fishel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Safe Fleet. “Adding seven territory managers will enhance the customer experience, from the first hello to service after the sale.”

Prime Design also hired an internal Distribution Coordinator to support the Territory Managers and help grow the dealer network.

And a redesigned, interactive website will be unveiled later this summer.

“We’re committed to making it easier for customers to engage with our products and brands,” said Fishel. “We want the customer experience to be seamless, whether they work face-to-face with our territory managers, or over the phone or internet with our internal customer service team, we are constantly looking for ways to improve.”

A list of the new Territory Managers and the states they cover is enclosed.

Commenting from the tradeshow floor at the 2014 Work Truck Show, Larry Hanudel, Territory Manager for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and the province of Ontario notes, “I have really enjoyed meeting some of the dealers and distributors from my territory.  Prime Design builds a very solid product and I am very excited to support it.”

Safe Fleet Acquisition Corp. was formed as a holding company in October 2013, when the Sterling Group acquired and combined R·O·M and Specialty Manufacturing (SMI). The combined company, based in Belton, MO., is the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles.

About Prime Design
Established in 1992, Prime Design, based in West Saint Paul, MN, manufactures ladder racks that reduce strain and injury for utility/telecom workers, general contractors, insurance estimators and other vehicle-based occupations.  The company’s core product, “ErgoRack”, features a patented design that ensures feet remain on the safety of the ground regardless of vehicle roof height.  The ErgoRack quickly and quietly deploys and stows ladders with minimal body stress.  For more information on Prime Design please visit www.primedesign.net.

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands committed to saving life and property, reducing accidents, and improving employee efficiency and job satisfaction. These brands include: R·O·M, Bustin, Prime Design, FRC, Specialty Manufacturing (SMI), SpecFlor, Pretoria, Transpec and FoamPro.  Safe Fleet serves five major markets: Emergency, School and Transit Bus, Truck and Trailer, Utility, and Industrial.  For more information on Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.

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Contact:

Cameron Blain
Marketing Manager
(800) 827-3692

Prime Design Announces New Models for RAM ProMaster

West St. Paul, MN (March 2014) – In advance of the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show, Prime Design, a Safe Fleet Brand, announces availability of more than 30 different ladder rack models to fit the seven new RAM ProMaster configurations.

“We have ladder racks that carry a 6-foot step ladder, a 40-foot extension ladder, and anything in between,” said Larry Bertrand, Prime Design Product Manager. “Since all of our ladder rack models are aluminum, this means drivers can carry more ladder weight compared to steel solutions.  It also means they don’t have to deal with the unsightly mess that rust leaves behind.”

Prime Design ladder racks optimize ergonomics through leverage, positioning and smooth, hydraulic assistance. This combination eliminates operators from having to climb on a tire or bumper – actions that can lead to an accident and recordable injuries.

Prime Design’s seven full-time territory managers work with customers to determine the best ladder rack model to meet their unique job requirements.

Several territory managers will be on hand March 5-7th, at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN.  Interested parties can meet territory managers in booth #2143 where they can also obtain a firsthand demonstration of the ladder rack.

“Safe Fleet and Prime Design are committed to reducing injuries and improving operator safety and productivity,” said Don Fishel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Safe Fleet.

Safe Fleet Acquisition Corp. was formed as a holding company in October 2013, when the Sterling Group acquired and combined R·O·M and Specialty Manufacturing (SMI). The combined company, based in Belton, MO., is the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles.

About Prime Design

Established in 1992, Prime Design, based in West Saint Paul, MN, manufactures ladder racks that reduce strain and injury for utility/telecom workers, general contractors, insurance estimators, and other vehicle-based occupations.  The company’s core product, “ErgoRack”, features a patented design that ensures feet remain on the safety of the ground regardless of vehicle roof height.  The ErgoRack quickly and quietly deploys and stows ladders with minimal body stress.  For more information on Prime Design please visit www.primedesign.net.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands committed to saving life and property, reducing accidents, and improving employee efficiency and job satisfaction. These brands include: R·O·M, Bustin, Prime Design, FRC, Specialty Manufacturing (SMI), SpecFlor, Pretoria, Transpec and FoamPro.  Safe Fleet serves five major markets: Emergency, School and Transit Bus, Truck and Trailer, Utility, and Industrial.  For more information on Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.

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Contact:

Cameron Blain
Marketing Manager
(800) 827-3692