Reading-based Penske Truck leasing is expanding its national footprint.
The company has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama.
At this new location, Penske is offering both consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance.
“We’ve enhanced our ability to effectively serve Penske customers and employees with this new, state-of-the-art facility,” said Robert Latimer, area vice president of Penske Truck Leasing. “The facility not only improves our operational efficiency through ease of accessibility and a spacious layout, but also increases our ability to amplify our capabilities and potential. Through this strategic growth, Penske remains the transportation provider and employer of choice in the Northern Alabama area.”
At 15,750 square-feet and sitting on 8.75 acres, this facility features eight service bays plus an automatic truck wash bay, and a full-service fuel island – offering diesel, diesel exhaust fluid, and gasoline.
Reading-based Penske Truck Leasing, a global transportation services provider, has gotten a boost to its international business.
The company’s Penske Driver mobile app has been certified as an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) in Canada. The app meets the requirements of the Canadian ELD Mandate, asking commercial carriers and drivers to electronically log their hours of service (HOS).
Penske Driver provides a mobile solution for logging hours of service, while also streamlining the process.
It also provides real-time visibility into driver performance, allowing fleet managers to track driver productivity and can view real-time vehicle performance to keep fleets running smoothly.
“We are excited to have our Penske Driver app certified as an ELD in Canada,” said Ann Walsh, senior vice president of digital and customer data for Penske Transportation Solutions. “This certification showcases our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible solutions for managing their fleets.”
With the app, truck drivers can now take advantage of the latest technology while staying compliant with regulations in both the U.S. and Canada, bringing an ease to cross-border travel.
Penske Truck Leasing will provide its light-duty electric trucks to Sonepar for regional deliveries of electrical, industrial and safety products.
Penske said it is in the process of delivering nine Ford E-Transit all electric cargo vans to the company for use in California, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state.
The deal includes providing Sonepar with the vehicles, lease financing, comprehensive preventive maintenance program, 24/7 roadside assistance, and the capability to charge these electric vehicles at its locations. Penske said.
Sonepar’s fleet provides the products to a variety of customers including electrical contractors, industrial electrical OEMs, electric utilities and commercial and institutional buildings, Sonepar said.
Sonepar operating companies acquiring the new vehicles include North Coast Electric, Independent Electric Supply, OneSource Distributors, Capital Electric Supply and Viking Electric, Sonepar said.
The five electrical distribution companies are the first in the company’s history to use light-duty electric vehicles in the U.S.
“We recognize that electrification of the transportation sector is integral to the sustainability goals of our organization – and the world,” said Ray Brown, vice president of transportation at Sonepar. “We’re excited to pilot a new EV truck program to test the viability of an electric truck as we plan for future fleet investments.”
Penske has been among the first truck rental and leasing companies to test and offer the electric, zero-tailpipe emission Ford E-Transit. The E-Transit is designed to serve a wide range of commercial industries, providing a choice of eight configurations, including a cargo van with three roof heights and three lengths, chassis cab and cutaway models.
Patrick Watt, vice president alternative vehicle and emerging technology, Penske Truck Leasing, said “We are very pleased to support Sonepar’s sustainability efforts in the U.S. with the introduction of the Ford E-Transit to their fleet across a range of geographies. We are confident it will fit in well with their existing operations.”
With growing interest in electric vehicles, Penske Truck Leasing of Reading said it and Daimler Truck North America have delivered two battery electric production model Freightliner eCascadia semi-trucks.
Penske said the delivery of these heavy-duty electric vehicles is a significant milestone for both companies and marks the culmination of a period of co-creation, refinement and field-testing that kicked off nearly five years ago.
“Interest in electric vehicles continues to grow as our customers seek to further reduce emissions,” said Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske. “We’re committed to providing our customers with the latest vehicle technologies to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We anticipate adding more electric vehicles across our fleet for full-service leasing, rental, and for use within our logistics business. We commend DTNA for their collaborative approach in bringing these innovative vehicles to market.”
Penske said it has been an early adopter of battery electric commercial vehicles and has invested in testing, maintaining, and building out charging infrastructure to support these vehicles.
The company has been testing the vehicles in real-world conditions across its leasing, rental, and logistics fleets in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, grocery, quick-service restaurant chains, medical, and other fields.
Since 2018, Penske Truck Leasing and DTNA have collaborated on testing and introducing electric vehicles to customers including the Freightliner eM2 and eCascadia models.
Recently, they became the first companies to use electric trucks to haul race cars for both the NASCAR and IndyCar racing series.
Reading-based Penske Truck Leasing has opened a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified full-service facility in Akron, Ohio.
Penske’s first-ever full-service rental and leasing facility that is LEED-certified, located at 937 E. Waterloo Road, highlights Penske’s environmentally sustainable building design, construction and operation, Penske said.
“Our sustainability efforts are an integral part of our day-to-day operations,” said Luke DeCesare, area vice president of the Great Lakes area for Penske Truck Leasing. “Opening our first full-service truck leasing facility with LEED certification is an example of our organization’s commitment to being good neighbors and stewards of the environment.”
The new location, with 60 associates, offers consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. It is also outfitted with the company’s proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and Penske digital experience solutions, which help customers leverage Penske technology as well as options related to onboard technology systems (ELDs, telematics, onboard cameras, etc.).
Penske said the almost 24,000-square-foot facility on 9.85 acres enhances its ability to serve its customers as well as employees and supports strategic growth throughout the region. It features four pull-through service bays plus an automatic truck wash bay, and a full-service fuel station offering diesel, diesel exhaust fluid, and gasoline.
Reading-based Penske is expanding its used vehicle business.
The company said that it has opened four new used truck centers in response to industry demand. The new locations are in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa, Florida.
“While the majority of our used vehicle sales continue to take place online, our physical used truck centers also remain an effective channel and touchpoint with business customers,” said Jack Mitchell, senior vice president of Vehicle Remarketing at Penske.
“We currently have 16 used truck centers open and we plan to open one more by year’s end to better serve customers and demand for used vehicles in Texas,” he said.
Penske Used Trucks is a business unit of Penske Truck Leasing. It sells late-model used commercial trucks to retail, wholesale, used truck dealers, and corporate truck fleet buyers. Penske sells used sleeper and day cab semi-tractors, straight trucks, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, semi-trailers, box trucks, cargo vans and more.
Penske sells several brands of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial vehicles including Ford, GMC, Hino, Isuzu, Freightliner, International and Volvo.
PGT Trucking, Inc. of Aliquippa has selected Penske Truck Leasing to provide its fleet maintenance solutions.
The move enables PGT, a multi-service transportation firm, to streamline its resources on driving innovative and sustainable solutions in the transportation industry, the company said.
Penske Truck Leasing will provide on-site maintenance at five PGT-owned locations, 24/7 roadside assistance nationwide, mobile roadside maintenance services and access to Penske’s network of more than 880 maintenance locations across North America.
“As part of our Future of Flatbed program, PGT is committed to implementing strategic partnerships, like our new relationship with Penske, that will expand our service offerings and reimagine transportation solutions,” stated Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking president. “We are confident that the addition of Penske’s fleet maintenance program will contribute to PGT’s goal of providing an enhanced driver experience.”
PGT and its drivers will also tap into Penske’s digital customer service experience tools that includes mobile apps and a portal to streamline internal processes and fleet management.
“We’re very pleased to begin this new relationship with PGT Trucking,” said Art Vallely, president, Penske Truck Leasing. “PGT has a strong reputation in the marketplace for quality, performance, and customer service. We look forward to supporting PGT’s drivers and fleet with the latest equipment, maintenance, and technologies available.”
Penske Truck Leasing of Reading recently opened a facility in Cranbury, New Jersey.
Located at 2682 US 130 North, near exit 8 and 8A of the N.J. Turnpike and U.S. Route 1, it is the first-ever, ground-up build in its South Plainfield District.
At this location, Penske offers consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. It is also outfitted with the company’s proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and Penske digital experience solutions, which help customers leverage Penske technology as well as options related to onboard technology systems.
“We’ve outgrown the South Brunswick facility by 10-fold in the past 30-years,” said Mike Duquette, New York Metro area vice president for Penske Truck Leasing. “When we first opened, the location serviced nearly 200 vehicles out of two truck bays – now, three decades later, we service over 2,000 vehicles out of three truck bays; this new state-of-the-art facility was eminent. The expansion of business occurred due to significant market growth in the region and the unparalleled service provided by Penske technicians and the district team to retain and grow the business.”
The location is 22,995 square feet and sits on 9.62 acres. It features five drive-thru bays with 10 service areas and is complimented by an additional 10 covered service areas hugging the facility. It also has an automated wash bay, and a full-service three lane fuel island.
Penske currently employs over 40 associates at the new facility, and is hiring truck technicians, fueler and wash bay attendants, customer service representatives, and drivers.
Reading-based Penske Truck Leasing has branded a classroom for hands on diesel technology training at WyoTech campus in Laramie, Wyoming.
The classroom will introduce students to various training such as diagnostics, fuel and engine exhaust system, maintenance and repair, industry certifications and career opportunities in the industry, Penske said.
Over the last 10 years, Penske has hired more than 280 WyoTech graduates nationally to work as technicians in its regional operations.
“Diesel technicians are vital to Penske and the entire industry,” said Fred Haddad, area vice president of Penske Truck Leasing. “The technicians graduating from WyoTech and that subsequently get hired to work in trucking, maintain vehicle uptime and supply chain efficiency.”
Diesel technicians are a key component in keeping essential supply chains moving; nearly every good consumed in the U.S. is transported by truck, the company said. The U.S. trucking industry hauls more than 70% of all transported freight.
Penske works with leading technical schools, and related organizations such as SkillsUSA and the TechForce Foundation, to meet the current and future demand of technicians.
“WyoTech is proud to support Penske in delivering entry level technicians to meet the needs of Penske’s job openings,” said Shawn Nunley, vice president of training at WyoTech. “The partnership we have with Penske provides a pathway for career opportunities after our students nine months of training at WyoTech,” he said.
“Having a classroom branded with the Penske name is aspirational for our students while they are here. A reminder to show up and work hard for the opportunity to work at a company like Penske,” he said. “We love to see our graduates land with great employers.”
Penske Truck Leasing operates and maintains one of the industry’s largest fleets with its truck maintenance technician workforce comprising about 9,450 of the company’s 39,000-plus associates.
The new location along Valley Boulevard will allow the transportation company to better serve its existing customer base in the area, as well as provide capacity to serve new customers, the company said.
“Opening our second Fontana facility will allow us to support a growing customer base and expand the district’s footprint to attract future business,” said Senior Vice President of the Western Region Ed Mendoza. “This new state-of-the-art facility is outfitted with innovative technology to keep pace with the growth and current demand of the transportation industry.”
The location is 34,031-square-feet and sits on 5.5 acres. It has six truck service bays, an automated wash bay, a full-service fuel island and two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
Penske employs 25 associates at the new facility and is hiring diesel technicians, customer service representatives, and drivers locally and nationwide.
It has five truck service bays, an automated wash bay system, and mobile truck lifts.
The shop is also outfitted with the company’s proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and connected fleet solutions, a resource to help customers address issues and options related to onboard technology systems (ELDs, telematics, onboard cameras, etc.), the statement said.
“We’ve been growing in the region and required a larger space to accommodate our increasing customer base,” said Joe Hill, senior vice president of Penske’s southeast region.
“Our new, enhanced facility is conveniently located near major highways and downtown Tampa easing accessibility for both our commercial and consumer rental customers,” he said.
Penske currently employs 40 associates at the new facility, and is hiring truck technicians, customer service representatives, and drivers locally and nationwide.
In 2020, the company opened a software development and cybersecurity support center office in Tampa, which employs 75 people, and plans to grow high-tech jobs over the next several years, the company said.
Penske Truck Leasing of Reading has acquired DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc. of Rochester, New York.
The firm has been family owned and operated since it was founded by Louis DeCarolis Sr. In 1938. It has 175 employees.
According to a press release, management at DeCarolis had been looking for a potential buyer with succession in mind.
“I’ll be 81 in January and if anything happens to me, it would be a fire sale,” said Paul DeCarolis, the company’s chairman. “This way, I had a chance to pick who will take care of our employees and our customers.”
The sale is scheduled to close on Dec. 17. Terms were not disclosed.
DeCarolis operates eight locations across New York State, including three in Rochester and suburban leasing, rental and maintenance in Henrietta. The others are in Geneva, Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Elmira.
The company has a fleet of 2,350 vehicles and provides full-service commercial leasing, short- and long-term commercial vehicle rental, heavy duty parts, and service, repair and maintenance.
The DeCarolis name will be rebranded to Penske.
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