Summit Truck Bodies Veterans Featured on Lifetime TV’s Military Makeover: Operation Career

Wathena, KS (November 5, 2021) — Transitioning from the military to civilian life brings various challenges. Hosted by Montel Williams, Military Makeover’s Special Edition: “Operation Career” travels the country capturing stories of military veterans who are transitioning out of the military and back to civilian life. The crew from Military Makeover: Operation Career visited the Summit Truck Bodies factory in Wathena, KS, to learn how we support US Veterans and military service members. We are honored to have told our story about two veteran employees’ sacrifice and successful careers at Summit, Chris Walter and Duston Hansen. 

Originally aired on Lifetime TV, November 5, 2021, the episode will reair on Veterans Day, November 11. The Armed Forces Network will rerun our segment for one year.  You can view the full episode on their website

About Military Makeover

Military Makeover with Montel®, A BrandStar Original, is America’s Leading Branded Reality TV Show that offers hope and a helping hand here on the home front to members of our military and their loved ones. A veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Navy, talk show legend and military advocate Montel Williams, who creatively co-produces the show along with a colorful cast that seeks to transform the homes and lives of military families across the country. The cast includes co-host Art Edmonds, designer Jennifer Bertrand, and contractor Ryan Stanley. This unique series enlists caring companies of all sizes as well as non-profits and the local community. Military Makeover airs on Lifetime® and on the American Forces Network, which serves American servicemen and women, Department of Defense, and other US government civilians and their families stationed at bases overseas, as well as US Navy ships at sea. Help starts at home for veterans on Military Makeover. Join us as our makeover team engages in changing the living situation – and the lives – of these deserving families. 

SOURCE Military Makeover’s Operation Career

Summit’s Quality Management System has been Certified to ISO:9001

Summit Truck Bodies ISO:9001 Certified

Wathena, KS (July 27, 2021) — Summit Truck Bodies, a US manufacturer focused on supplying high-quality, innovative, and comprehensive service truck solutions that exceed customer expectations announces that the company has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system.  Summit Truck Bodies certification scope includes design, manufacturing, and assembly of truck bodies at the Wathena, KS facility. Lou Dreon, the Policy and Procedures Supervisor at Summit, is responsible for maintaining the NTEA MVP status and achieving the ISO9001 certification. Regarding the accreditation, Dreon commented, 

“Obtaining ISO 9001 certification places the company in a very elite category. Summit’s commitment to become and then retain an ISO9001 certification contributes to increased confidence in the organization and establishes the company at a level above: or higher than its competitors. The result is Summit having a competitive advantage over our non-certified competitors, higher customer satisfaction, and the likelihood of increased sales.”

ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognized quality management standard developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification provides a model for companies to build an effective quality management system.  ISO:9001 helps businesses prove their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. 

Obtained through thorough, extensive external audits performed by SAI Global, a leading global management systems Certification Body, the certification aims to enhance customer satisfaction by effectively applying a company’s quality management system, including processes for continual review and improvement.

The achievement of this certification reinforces Summit’s commitment to delivering a superior customer experience, developing and maintaining successful partnerships, and meeting needs through a unique customer-focused buying process, high-quality manufacturing, and exceptional after-sales support.

Summit Builds STE-10000 Milestone Service Truck

Wathena, KS (July 22, 2021) — At Summit, we give all our truck bodies an STE number to use as an identifier. Recently, we reached the milestone of STE10000. We recognized this by taking a company photo with the truck. The entire Summit team received a t-shirt with a commemorative Summit logo and the words “Together We Can Move Mountains.” We chose this slogan to show gratitude to all the hard-working men and women who helped get here and continue supporting the company’s growth. Many employees have taken the occasion to reflect on how Summit has progressed throughout the years.
“It is a great accomplishment for a custom truck body manufacturer. Jim Harris, Engineering Manager, commented, “from the early years to today shows the evolution in our truck bodies; continuous build improvement has come hand in hand with innovative truck features better suited for diverse industries. The experience we have at Summit means that with over 10,000 trucks, we have seen things and learned lessons, so the next 10,000 trucks will be even better.”
STE10000 is a Summit 9 Series service body mounted on a 21 Freightliner M2. This custom engineered 13 1/2′ body has a 30″ side step bumper and an integrated storage platform. The platform is designed for the man-bucket attachment that can easily be attached to the 10620 hydraulic crane as needed. It includes many additional features, including tool storage, gang locks, and upgraded lighting and electrical.
Ring Power Corp, a Caterpillar dealer, purchased this truck and received it last April. Summit Truck Equipment’s Southeast Regional Sales Rep Dennis Weiler said,
“Ring Power was most pleased to take delivery of this milestone unit at a brief ceremony at their home office in Saint Augustine, FL. With over 200 Summit bodies currently in operations within their fleet, this is a welcome addition.”
STE10000 was assigned to field technician Brady Bond at their Palm Bay, FL location. He was proud of the significance of the truck and was happy to set it up as his workstation. In retrospect, Dan DeAces STE National Sales Manager recounted,
“Working closely with Ring Power’s HE division over the years, we’ve dialed in both functionality and usability. Working closely with Ring Power’s HE division over the years, we’ve dialed in both functionality and usability. On this build, you can see that we’ve also enhanced operator safety—the man-bucket option with a portable electric winch to the side access bumper with safety yellow grab handles.”
Ring Power has played a role in Summit’s growth. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with them. Meanwhile, all of us on the Summit team will keep building the industry’s best service trucks.