5 tips for recruiting heavy duty mechanics

Staffing is a pain point for many businesses across a variety of industries, but it’s particularly challenging in the heavy duty repair business. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the industry will average 7,500 job openings annually through 2022. That’s a lot of positions to fill. If you’ve been tasked with hiring quality heavy duty mechanics, you may already be seeing the widening gap between the number of positions that need to be filled and the number of people in line for them. So how do you make the most of the pool that is available? Follow these tips for recruiting the best heavy duty mechanics.

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Keeping Your Fleet Running with Mobile Columns

If you’re responsible for maintaining a fleet, seeing a line of trucks waiting for repairs or maintenance is enough to make a grown man cry. Or at least cause some mild anxiety. Trucks that are sitting aren’t bringing in money. If a vehicle does have to take a time-out for maintenance or repairs, it’s important to keep that downtime as short as possible. Get them in, get them out, and keep them moving.

 

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Get ready. Things are about to get heavy.

In 1975, C.W. McCall released “Convoy”—an epic country song (that became a not-so-epic movie) about big trucks rolling across the nation in a line like a cross-country truck parade. Now it’s 42 years later, and it feels like that convoy might soon be rolling its way right into your shop.

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Five Ways to Improve Your Fleet Repair

Every once in a while, even the busiest private repair shops have to think about what happens if their service volume declines. Not you. You have a lot of challenges, but twiddling your thumbs isn’t one of them. When you’re in charge of a fleet, there’s always plenty to do. In fact, there’s so much work that you sometimes forget to take a step back and see if there’s anything you could do to improve your fleet repair output. And that’s okay, because we’ve compiled a number of ways for you and your facility to become more efficient and productive.

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NADA Turning 100

Think of what your 100th birthday would be like…Probably a large cake(capable of holding 100 candles), your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren huddled around singing happy birthday. We would all more than likely envision a pretty low key gathering to celebrate such a huge milestone. I doubt however, any of us see ourselves living it up in New Orleans while we ring in our entrance to the century club, but that’s just what NADA is doing.

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Product Spotlight: MACH™ Flex Powered by RedFire™

What features or benefits do you look for when deciding on new mobile column lifts? Do you want them to be easily adjustable and a breeze to roll around? How about quick setup and an easy to understand user interface? Maybe you need a completely wireless system that allows the lift to operate from any column. Well, if those options meet your criteria, then we have the perfect columns for you, the Rotary MACH 18 mobile columns.

However, at Rotary, we pride ourselves on innovation and leading the industry in new and super productive equipment. We never go back to the drawing board because, frankly, we never left it. So after having the best and most innovative mobile columns on the market, we decided to step up our game just a bit more.

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Top Blogs of 2016

Annnnd it's gone! The past year came and went, and if you're like us, you will spend the next 8 months trying to discreetly change that 6 into 7 when you write a check.(those of us that still write checks) 2016 was a big year for Rotary Lift, and the Blueprint Blog, so let's take a look back at the blogs of 2016 that you thought were the best.

 

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4 Ways to Make Your Fleet Greener


Managers of fleets, both large and small, are in a unique position to make big changes when it comes to going green. Upping sustainability in both fuel consumption and fleet maintenance can do a lot to reduce a company’s overall environmental footprint.

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Designing your shop to increase profits without increasing square footage

When it comes to your shop, size matters. Bigger is better. And bigger often means the difference between your shop shutting its doors and your shop thriving well into the future. Just ask one of the 6,000 smaller shops that closed between 2008 and 2014. That’s right. Around 6,000 shops went out of business in less than six years. Here’s something even more mindboggling: During that same time, the number of bays in repair shops across the country grew by around 13,000.

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Inground Lifts: You have questions. We have answers.

If there’s one thing classic television can teach us, it’s that sometimes you need “just the facts.” So if you’re contemplating a new inground lift for your shop but you’re still doing a little detective work before you pull the trigger, you’re in the right place. We’ll give you a little history on the inground lift (spoiler alert: that history starts with us). Then we’ll let you know what you should look for before your purchase, as well as what you can expect from a Rotary Inground Lift.

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