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Mark McLean Named TMCSuperTech 2013 Champion



                 Mark McLean Named TMCSuperTech 2013 Champion

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Trucking
Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council recognized Mark McLean Jr.,
Montgomery, N.Y., as the nation's top truck technician as he was named
TMCSuperTech 2013 grand champion at the council's ninth annual National
Technician Skills Competition, held Sept. 9-11 in Pittsburgh.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100129/ATALOGO)

McLean, a technician with FedEx Freight, was one of 129 technicians from
across the country that competed in a day of qualifying written and hands-on
testing. The top 112 scoring technicians then competed in the day-long skills
challenge with 14 "hands-on" skills stations that tested an array or
troubleshooting skills, general truck maintenance, electronic diagnostics
applications, and safety and environmental practices. Scores from an ASE
written test were added to the total skills challenge scores to determine the
top truck techs.

"All of the competitors as this year's TMCSuperTech competition deserve our
congratulations, but none more so than Mark McLean, this year's grand
champion," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "While a tremendous amount
of attention is paid to our industry's drivers, and our industry's driver
shortage, we must not forget those technicians and mechanics who truly keep
our industry rolling. Our industry needs more of skilled people like Mark and
the 128 other competitors at TMCSuperTech."

In addition to having the highest overall score, McLean also scored highest in
two skills stations — Wheel End and Preventive Maintenance Inspection.

For his TMCSuperTech 2013 win, McLean received a trip for two to the Daytona
500 and a custom championship leather jacket from TMC, a Snap-On National
Champion tool chest, a one-year subscription to Michell1's Repair-Connect.net,
a $10,000 Reliance Dream Shop cabinet stocked with fasteners and supplies
along with a $5,000 credit for 12 months to keep it supplied using the latest
micro bar code scanners, Noregon JPRO fleet diagnostic software and adapter
valued at $3,000, a $1,000 gift card from International Truck/Navistar, a
Midtronics EXP1000HD Battery/Electrical tester, a $500 gift certificate from
Chicago Pneumatic, a LED torque wrench from Imperial Supplies valued at $600,
a $500 Stanley tool certificate, and a Replica truck from Tonkin to the
winner's company.

Eric Vos, FedEx Freight, Boise, Idaho, earned a second-place finish, along
with a first-place in the Tire & Wheel skill station and a third place in the
Drivetrain skill station. He received a trip for four to the 2014 running of
the Brickyard 400 from BorgWarner, a $500 gift card from International
Truck/Navistar, a Midtronics EXP1000HD Battery/Electrical tester, Noregon
J-Pro software and adapter, and a LED torque wrench from Imperial Supplies.
The Brickyard 400 package includes round-trip airfare to Indianapolis, two
rooms in the Omni Hotel for up to three nights, tickets to the races to be
held on Friday and Saturday, escorted bus ride and tickets to the 2014
Brickyard 400 NASCAR Race on Sunday, welcoming reception on Friday evening,
dinner with the group of Thermal Systems race fans, and at the BorgWarner
hospitality suite at the races including beverages and snacks.

Third-place finisher Jeffrey Ostby, Fedex Freight, Spokane, Wash., also placed
third in the Drivetrain skill station. He received four tickets to the
Talladega 2014 Spring Race with three nights hotel accommodations in
Birmingham, Ala., and $500 spending money, a  $500 gift card from
International/Navistar Truck, a Midtronics EXP1000HD Battery/Electrical
tester, Noregon J-Pro software and adapter, and a LED torque wrench from
Imperial Supplies.

The additional top ten finishers for TMCSuperTech 2013 are:

4. Derek Southerland, FedEx Freight, Knoxville, Tenn.
5. Jeffrey Schlecht, Omaha Truck Center, Norfolk, Neb.
6. Christopher F. Barnett, Ryder System, Crittenden, Ky.
7. Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck, West Seneca, N.Y.
8. Joseph P. Calaway, Walmart Transportation, Jonesville, Mich.
9. Jonathan R. Berg, FedEx Freight, Roseville, Minn.
10. David Bryan Lewis, Walmart Transportation, Amelia Court House, Va.

Fourth and fifth-place finishers received Noregon J-Pro software and adapter,
and a LED torque wrench from Imperial Supplies. Sixth through 10^th received a
LED torque wrench from Imperial Supplies.

"In addition to all the winners, I'd like to recognize all our volunteer
judges, organizers and judges, without whom this wonderful event would not be
possible," Graves said.

TMC, a technical council of American Trucking Associations, created the
competition through its Professional Technician Development Committee to
recognize and promote truck technicians. In addition to the competition, held
in conjunction with the council's 2013 Fall Meeting, technicians participated
in PTDC's Technician Training Fair that included four technical sessions, each
eligible for continuing education credit through the National Automotive
Technicians Education Foundation.

The 10th annual National Technician Skills Competition will be held during
TMCs 2014 Fall Meeting, Sept. 22-25, at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort
in Orlando, Fla. More information about TMC's National Technician Skills
Competition is available online at http://tmc.trucking.org.

Full List Individual Station Winners

Skill station winners for the top three places are:

Written Test — Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck, West Seneca, N.Y.; Randy
Qualls, Walmart Transportation, Laurens, S.C.; and Matthew Weiman, Ryder
System, Payson, Ill.

HVAC — Robert Gonzalez, Ryder System, Plant City, Fla.; Ray Wordekemper, Omaha
Truck Center, Omaha; and Randy Qualls, Walmart Transportation, Laurens, S.C.

Starting/Charging — Randall Hilburn, Swift Transportation, Oklahoma City;
James D. Kirtley, TravelCenters of America, Fountain City, Ind.; and Jose
Flores, Swift Transportation Company, Lathrop, Calif.

Steering & Suspension — Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck, West Seneca, N.Y.;
Randy Qualls, Walmart Transportation, Laurens, S.C.; and Jeffrey Schlecht,
Omaha Truck Center, Norfolk, Neb.

Engine Hardware —  Bryan Seaton, Walmart Transportation, Greeneville, Tenn.;
Joseph P. Calaway, Walmart Transportation, Jonesville, Mich.; and Eric
Shumway, Penn CVS/Wheel Time, York Haven, Pa.

Fifth Wheel —  David Bryan Lewis, Walmart Transportation, Amelia Court House,
Va.; Matthew Weiman, Ryder System, Payson, Ill.; and Richard Fasoli, Con-way
Freight, Southampton, Mass.

Electrical 2 — Darrell Duggan, Walmart Transportation, Grantsville, Utah;
Jason Kleman, Mid State Truck Service, Plover, Wis.; and Christopher P. Tate,
Mohawk Truck, West Seneca, N.Y.

Tire & Wheel — Eric M. Vos, Fedex Freight, Boise, Idaho; Richard Fasoli,
Con-way Freight, Southampton, Mass.; and Jonathan R. Berg, FedEx Freight,
Roseville, Minn.

Wheel End 2 — Mark McLean Jr., Fedex Freight, Montgomery, N.Y; Jeffrey
Schlecht, Omaha Truck Center, Norfolk, Neb.; and Mitchell Buelow, FedEx
Freight, Fremont, Ind.

Service Information — Tommy A. Schneider, Links Logistics, Keenesburg,
Colo.; Jason Kleman, Mid State Truck Service, Plover, Wis.; and Richard
Fasoli, Con-way Freight, Southampton, Mass.

Brakes —  Randy Qualls, Walmart Transportation, Laurens, S.C.; Jeffrey
Schlecht, Omaha Truck Center, Norfolk, Neb.; and David Bryan Lewis, Walmart
Transportation, Amelia Court House, Va.

Engine Electronics — Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck, West Seneca, N.Y.;
Matthew Weiman, Ryder System, Payson, Ill.; and Jeffrey Schlecht, Omaha Truck
Center, Norfolk, Neb.

Liftgate —  Richard M. Davis, NationaLease, St. Louis; Christopher P. Tate,
Mohawk Truck, West Seneca, N.Y.; and Jonathan R. Berg, FedEx Freight,
Roseville, Minn.

Drivetrain —  Glenroy Schad, Con-way Freight, Phoenix; Fedex Freight, Spokane,
Wash.; and Eric Vos, FedEx Freight, Boise, Idaho.

PMI —  Mark McLean Jr., Fedex Freight, Montgomery, N.Y.; Joseph P. Calaway,
Walmart Transportation, Jonesville, Mich.; and David Berdovich, Ryder,
Valparaiso, Ind.

Editor's note: Photographs from this year's competition are available upon
request, please contact Marsh Galloway at mgalloway@trucking.org.

TMC is America's premier technical society for truck equipment technology and
maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment
managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and
manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking
industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations,
including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway,
construction and other operations. Find out more about TMC online at
http://tmc.trucking.org.

American Trucking Associations  is the largest national trade association for
the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking
associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice
of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow
ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Good stuff. Trucks Bring It!

SOURCE American Trucking Associations

Website: http://www.trucking.org
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