Gregg Mangione

Sr. VP of Maintenance,
Penske Truck Leasing

Gregg Mangione is Senior Vice President of Maintenance for Penske Truck Leasing. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, he is entrusted with the maintenance processes, people and services for a truck fleet of over 246,000 across North America. During his career with Penske, Mangione has also served as Vice President –Maintenance Services, Director of Quality, District Manager, Rental Manager and Branch Manager. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in economics and business management from Lafayette College.

Benefits of remote diagnostics being felt industrywide

I think that technology is amazing, and here at Penske Truck Leasing we’re using it to make our customer’s lives easier if a truck breakdown occurs. In the most recent past (and in some cases still in the present) the mere appearance of a CEL [check engine light] or MIL [malfunction indicator light] indicator on the dashboard would create an emotional response from the driver.

Cold weather battery maintenance is important for uptime

During the harsh winter months in the United States and Canada, proper truck battery maintenance is consistently a top-of-mind item for me. I think about it when I start my car in the 16 degree eastern Pennsylvania mornings. It creeps into my thoughts in the middle of the day when I’m reviewing reports.

For my second column, I wanted to share with you some best practices that our experts employ. It’s best to spot potential battery problems as part of a PM (preventive maintenance), as opposed to during a road breakdown.

Ways to hire and maintain the next generation of maintenance personnel

Like many other companies in our industry, hiring and retaining a maintenance workforce is top of mind. I want to provide insight as to how we approach onboarding and training for our new technicians, where I will focus on the 54% of our starting level associates 30 and younger.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) pointed out that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that we as an industry will need to hire over 67,000 maintenance employees by the year 2022.

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