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Ohio City Obtains CFMO Certification

December 3, 2014


Congratulations to the City of Dublin, OH for obtaining Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification. Through the certification process the fleet management division was able to optimize use of fleet software, improving the analysis of vehicle usage, which resulted in a reduction of vehicle count. Great work, City of Dublin!!

 

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Volkswagen News

December 1, 2014


Volkswagen featured the 2015 e-Golf at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. The e-Golf's driving range is between 70 to 90 miles depending on driving style and charging behavior. The vehicle can be charged 80 percent within 30 minutes with the use of a fast charging DC station.

 

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MEMA Launch’s a New Chapter!!

October 15, 2014
A Message from the MEMA President Paul Condran!


Hello MEMA Members I have some exciting and important news for our membership in both the Southern California region, and also in MEMA Ohio. On October 15, 2014 your Board of Officers officially met with, and kicked off our newest region; MEMA NorCal!! MEMA NorCal will bring a wonderful opportunity to not only the Northern California region, but also in the surrounding geographical areas of Oregon and Nevada. We announced our new chapter at the North American Green Fleet Forum Summit in Sacramento. As you could imagine, MEMA was the “buzz word” of the day!! The MEMA NorCal team is comprised of very talented and well respected members in the national fleet community as you will read in the attached Press Release!! I do want to especially thank Mr. Keith Leech from the City of Sacramento for hosting MEMA SoCal at the summit (and also Vice Chair of MEMA Nor Cal), and also Mr. David Head, of Head Fleet Management who is the MEMA NorCal Chapter Chair!! Please join me in welcoming MEMA NorCal!!!

 

Thank you!

Paul Condran

President

 

2014 Government Fleet Industry Profile Study

July 2014
Government Fleet's annual industry survey!


The results of this survey allows fleet professionals to see the industry on a national scale, compare data with other fleets, and follow changes in the industry. The results of this survey are anonymous. Information gathered for this survey will be aggregated for print publication and for online use.
We estimate this survey will take 20 minutes to complete. If you do not complete the survey at one time, you may return to the survey through the special link in your email before the deadline. If you have accessed this page through a web link, please complete it in one sitting. It is open to public fleet managers and the new deadline is July 31. Limit one response per agency. Please email Thi.Dao@bobit.com if you have any questions.  Click Here for Survey Link

 

City Of Columbus Ranked #1 100 Best Fleet in North America for 2014 through the “100 Best Fleets” program!

April 2014
Take a peek at what the City of Columbus is doing!


Columbus remains an ASE Blue Seal Operation for the seventh consecutive year in January 2014, making Columbus the largest city in the nation to receive ASE Blue Seal certification and one of only two municipalities in Ohio to receive this recognition. We have 41 Master ASE certifications and 7 Master EVT certifications. Expertly trained staff pays off - we have reduced our supplier services by over $1.33 million in 2013 compared to 2008, with an average reduction in costs of $266,000 per year, by being able to fix the majority of our repairs in-house.

 

In 2013, the Mayor issued a Fleet Executive Order which gives Fleet Management clear authority over all fleet related functions and outlines both the responsibilities of our division as well as our customers. In 2013, Columbus’ Fleet had a 100% customer satisfaction rating - evidence that we are doing the job we are here to do! Because our fleet touches all aspects of our community, we are committed to being a good steward to our citizens. In 2013, Columbus started the first MEMA-OH Regional Chapter with membership open to entities throughout the state. They are currently 55 members strong and growing.

 

MEMA promotes Columbus’ “shared services” initiative as well as the culmination of the region’s CNG coalition. Our Administrator serves as Chairman of the MEMA Ohio chapter board. Whenever we embark on projects affecting the community, such as building a CNG fueling station, we meet with community groups to get input and ensure that all parties are in agreement. We give back to our community through blood drives and fundraising efforts. In 2013 we held our first annual classic car show, and proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

 

Columbus’ fleet strives to be both efficient and good stewards of the environment. Since 2010, we have reduced our petroleum consumption by 9.5% (329,425 gallons) - the equivalent of removing 610 passenger vehicles from the road. Our first CNG fuel station pumped 240,920 gges in 2013 – 75% to city-owned vehicles and 25% to private customers. Our continuing conversion of our fleet to CNG saved over $417,604 in fuel costs in 2013. Columbus’ second CNG fuel station with public access is scheduled to open this spring, and a third station is in the planning phase. Columbus has taken on the “million gallon challenge” - by 2020 we plan to reduce our petroleum fuel consumption by one million gallons per year through our green efforts of right sizing, right cycling, green vehicle purchases, and our continuing and expanding use of alternative fuel.

 

In 2013 we installed solar panels on the roof of the fleet maintenance facility, which produced over 60% of the building’s electricity, offsetting over 611,747 pounds of carbon and saving almost 5% over 2012 electricity costs. Columbus’ Fleet is currently in the process of developing an Environmental Management System (EMS). The development of an EMS involves the creation of an environmental policy and will put procedures, policies, and training requirements in place to ensure policy compliance. At the end of the EMS process, Fleet will seek ISO 14001 certification, which will demonstrate that we are meeting or exceeding all regulatory environmental standards and will continue to define Columbus’ fleet as a leader in the environmental field and a truly good steward of our environment.

 

The City of Columbus continues to be recognized for its initiatives and successes through several media stories and articles. For a complete list of public recognitions, please visit: http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=49962

 

  • Ranked #1 100 Best Fleet in North America for 2014 through the “100 Best Fleets” program.
  • Ranked #1 Green Fleet for 2011
  • Obtained Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal for the 7th year in a row
  • Began construction on 2nd CNG fueling station, expected to be open and pumping fuel in spring 2014. Current CNG station pumped 240,920 gges in 2013 which, compared to the average price of diesel combined with the $.50/gge tax credit, saved a total of $417,602 for 2013.
  • Began the first MEMA-OH Regional Chapter, now with over 55 members. The Chapter is currently working on consolidated training in a number of areas including gaseous fuels, OEM specific, EVT training and testing, and hydraulics.
  • Completed the largest solar project of its kind in Ohio with 2650 solar panels installed on the roof of the Fleet Maintenance facility.
  • Expanded our use of green off-road equipment through the purchase of 14 propane mowers.
  • Stats - fleet of approximately 6,500 units
  • Budget of $32 million
  • Employees budgeted - 132

  

 

SC fire truck maker American LaFrance closes down unexpectedly

January 20, 2014


CHARLESTON, SC - American LaFrance, a fire truck maker that has been in business since 1873 and was based in Moncks Corner, closed for good this week.

According to several sources, employees were told at 5:00 p.m. Friday not to return to work this week.

There are an estimated 150 employees at that branch of the company.

The company has released a statement confirming the closure, along with sites in Ephrata, Penn. and Los Angeles.

The company blames its "unexpected current financial condition" for the closure, but didn't offer specifics. Read more...

 

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