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GTA Member Profile - September 2011

GTA Member Profile - September 2011

The Reading Group LLC
201 Hancock Blvd
P.O. Box 650
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610-775-3301
Toll Free: 800-458-2226
www.ReadingBody.com

 

The following information was provided by The Reading Group

The Reading Group Company Overview
Reading Truck Body, LLC provides vocational truck equipment of the highest quality, based upon the most innovative designs in our industry and at a competitive price level. Our creative work truck solutions benefit our customers by improving the safety and productivity of their field personnel.

Reading Truck Body engineers, manufactures, and distributes van, service, dump, dry freight and platform bodies. We offer select bodies in both Aluminum and Steel. Reading’s processes include exclusive electro cathodic priming and powder coat finish as a standardized feature, offering a durable, long lasting finish that prevents corrosion and rust.

We also offer specialized services through our other divisions; Reading Fleet Services and Reading Utilities. Visit us at www.ReadingBody.com to learn more.

The Reading Group Executive Summary
Reading Body Works, Inc. first made its entrance into the truck equipment industry in 1955. Mr. Irving Suknow purchased Reading Body Works, Inc. with a vision of manufacturing and promoting a market for service bodies - a market that he felt was virtually untapped.

Choosing to market to specific contracting industries, Reading bodies have been well received because of their unparalleled quality. The famous Reading slogan "Don't Pile It - File It" was developed to market the concept of an organized method of storing tools and equipment. The creative minds at Reading developed the "Reading Kangaroo", and to this day it is still an important symbol of Reading. You can read more about the Kangaroo Story on Reading’s Web site.

The service body offers a distinct advantage, which has become Reading’s iconic truck body with the ever famous Reading tailgate. The Service Body saves time by allowing organization of materials and increasing efficiency on the job.

The perseverance to succeed along with the dedication of the employees has allowed Reading to pave the way as the leader in the marketplace.

In August 2003, Reading Body Works, Inc. assumed a new name - Reading Truck Body, Inc. Reading Truck Body continues to follow its predecessor’s footsteps and sell its products through a network of independent distributors located throughout the world. Shortly after the name change, Reading Truck Body acquired Crest Truck Equipment which became Reading Equipment & Distribution, Inc. Referred to as RED, they have become a premier distributor for service bodies, dump bodies, snowplows, truck equipment and accessories in 5 different locations.

In 2006, LLR Partner purchased Reading Truck Body and established the name of The Reading Group, LLC. Reading Fleet Services was established and added to Reading’s divisions as a provider of complete product and logistic solutions to commercial fleets and major leasing companies, utilizing TRG facilities throughout the country. Several of these facilities include chassis pools and ship through capabilities for OEM chassis manufacturers, such as Ford, GM, and Chevy to name a few.

The Reading Group purchased ABC America's Body Company in September 2008. ABC sells/distributes TRG manufactured products and other manufacturer's products. TRG manufactures Rugged American brand aluminum, FRP Dry Freight, Rugged American Landscape and Contractor Bodies, as well as Marauder Dump Bodies

Previous to the purchase of ABC, in July 2008, The Reading Group launched their Go Green Initiative. The company's use of aluminum for many of its most popular products results in bodies with less weight that are more fuel efficient, while maintaining Reading's strict standards of durability as evidenced by a new corrosion and structural warranty.  In an effort to consistently focus on innovation and environmentally friendly products, Reading has most recently certified a select group of its locations to install propane conversion systems on chassis’ to provide alternative fuel vehicles.  Reading fulfilled this major achievement through partnering with many alternative fuel companies to offer the alternative fuel conversion for all chassis’. Alternative fuel, partnered with Reading’s Aluminum bodies is sure to become a first class vehicle in the industry, paving the way for even more innovative products offered by Reading.

Reading continues to strive for new engineering methods and innovative industry changing solutions; all while continuing to offer a full line up of products, including: service, utility, van, crane, platform, stake, and enclosed bodies.

NEW TO READING!
Alternative Fuel Chassis
In an effort to consistently focus on innovation and environmentally friendly products, Reading has most recently certified a select group of its locations to install propane conversion systems on chassis’ to provide alternative fuel vehicles. Reading fulfilled this major achievement through partnering with many alter­native fuel companies to offer the alternative fuel conversion for all chassis’. Alternative fuel, partnered with Reading’s Aluminum bodies is sure to become a first class vehicle in the industry, paving the way for even more innovative products offered by Reading. 

FACTS
LPG - LIQUID PROPANE GAS
•Up to 40% Fuel Savings
•Up to 24% Fewer Carbon Dioxide Emissions
•Zero Loss in Engine Performance - Same horsepower and torque as gasoline
•Produced Domestically
•Longer Service Life of Vehicle
•Farthest driving range of any alternative fuel

CNG - COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS
•20-40% less than crude oil on an energy equivalent basis
•Lighter than air and does not “pool”
•Will not ignite at storage temperature/pressure
•Domestic Resource
•Reduced green house gases

BI-FUEL
•Operates on OEM Gasoline fuel system with either Propane or CNG as alternative fuel

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