For over four decades, Minnesota-based Aspen Equipment Co. has catered to the needs of the railroad maintenance business through the production, service and rental of railroad truck equipment to customers spanning the U.S. and Canada, including Class 1, transit, short-line and rail contractors. As our railroad truck equipment business expands and evolves, we periodically look at the various aspects we offer and strive to provide continuously improving customer service. Sometimes these evolutions add more services and sometimes they cause us to reduce some offerings in order to stay ahead of the curve.
Through our strategic planning process, Aspen has decided to focus our resources and energies on the production and service of new railroad truck equipment. Every business has limited resources. Our goal is to maximize the impact we have with our customers by deploying our resources where they provide the most value. As such, we have decided to find a partner to acquire our rental fleet of rail truck equipment in order to redeploy those assets toward production, sales and service.
In an effort to continue to service our existing rental customers, Aspen selected Danella Companies Inc., the leader in rail maintenance equipment rentals across North America. On March 1, 2020, Danella will acquire all railroad rental equipment and assume the associated rental contracts from Aspen Equipment. Jointly, Aspen and Danella will make every effort to ensure this transition period is seamless for all those affected.
Hennepin County Public Health hosted the Wellness by Design Award ceremony at the Maple Grove Community Center on November 7th. Seventy-six (76) organizations in Hennepin County, including Aspen Equipment, were in attendance. Aspen Equipment is a multi-year award recipient, winning multiple awards between 2009-2013.
Sharon Hengel, HR manager at Aspen Equipment says “we’ve had wellness programming at Aspen since 2008. Our program continues to evolve. Our annual wellness survey provides us with employee feedback and suggestions, which we use to determine the quarterly activities for the next year. Some foundational activities remain consistent, but we challenge participants to take one more step forward. Wellness and safety are integrated and contribute to our overall culture, which is particularly impactful in our shop environment. Our president [Todd Foster] initiated being directly involved in our Fun committee!”
Staying true to the company’s mission of helping people succeed, Aspen Equipment adds a third field service truck to its Davenport, Iowa fleet. With more trucks, the company is better able to serve customers in the Quad Cities area. Aspen’s professional service tech experts are factory trained with the most advanced technologies in the business, so most service requests can be resolved with one call.
“Dedicated to covering service needs in the Quad Cities, we now have three field service technicians in the area,” said Todd Foster, President of Aspen Equipment.
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Tom Nugent, Aspen Equipment’s Territory Manager in Iowa, will now be representing the PAL Pro line of mechanic trucks throughout Iowa. Palfinger PAL Pro mechanic trucks are both engineered to handle the forces applied by a service crane and function as an efficient mobile shop for professionals.
Todd Foster, President of Aspen Equipment, says that “with Tom’s unsurpassed industry experience and market knowledge, adding the PAL Pro line just makes sense. Aspen [Equipment] already has a significant following with the PAL Pro line in Minnesota and Nebraska. Tom is the right person to introduce the features and value of the product to the Iowa market.” Nugent has been selling construction equipment for over 30 years. For more on PAL Pro mechanics trucks, click here. Read the entire press release in Construction Equipment Guide here.
Aspen Equipment today announced it now offers field and bay services for construction equipment in Davenport, Iowa. Aspen has also hired a staff of seasoned technicians who work on virtually all types construction equipment including cranes, air compressors, hi-rail trucks, aerials, lifts, snow and ice control equipment, and more. View the story published in RT&S and Construction Equipment Guide.
November 5, 2018
Aspen Equipment announced it has hired Ron Lamprecht as director of safety, compliance and development. Lamprecht’s construction experience working with multiple location companies and OSHA entities is a great match for Aspen Equipment—with headquarters in Bloomington, Minn. and branches in Iowa and Nebraska. Lamprecht explains, “My continuous safety plan will reach across departments to encourage communications, engage employees, and promote safety in every facet of Aspen’s operation. I will use an interactive training style to encourage safety dialogue and continually promote employee development. It’s my experience that people learn best when training reminds and reinforces what was learned in previous sessions, so I plan to implement ongoing training until it becomes engrained into employees’ thought processes for a safer and more productive work environment.”