Truck Parts and Service

August 2014

Truck Parts and Service | Heavy Duty Trucking, Aftermarket, Service Info

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C locks don't mean much at Blaine Brothers. Sure, all of their locations have them, but they are more decorative than anything. Customer downtime is the only time that really matters. "We try to have 100 percent complete customer satisfaction at all times," says Kevin McCarty, vice president of sales and marketing for the Minnesota-based operation. "That means being available [to customers] at all times." "We work on our custom- ers' schedules, not ours," adds owner Dean Dally. "When their trucks or trailers are down we do our darndest to address the situation quickly and get them back on the road. "We know how important that is to them." It's that unfl inching dedi- cation to customer service that's helped Blaine Brothers grow into the full-service aftermarket operation it is today. Founded by Dean's father and uncle out of the bed of their pickup truck in 1979, Blaine Brothers now operates three distribution facilities, fi ve trailer service operations (under its North American Trailer brand), truck align- ment and hydraulic system manufacturing businesses, multiple repair facilities and more than two dozen mobile service trucks. "We like to think of our- selves as the most complete truck and trailer parts and service providers in our area," says Dally. "No one [around here] has the capabilities we have; that's something we're proud of." McCarty attributes the company's success to a staff that's taken its customer satis- faction guarantee to heart. "We tend to hire not so much off résumés but char- acter skills," he says. "That's what's most important to us." McCarty says that shows through in employee performance. "We had one week [this past winter] when our employees put in more than 2,500 hours of overtime," he says. "We didn't have to ask for that or anything, and it went on for weeks. They simply took care of our customers." "The different commit- ments they make to our cus- tomers and our company is so important," adds Dally. "They mean absolutely everything to us." Blaine Brothers does what it can to return the favor. Dally says the company is a big proponent of promoting from within, noting manage- ment works hard to move employees into departments where they want to be. Train- ing also is an important part of staff development, adds Tim Grabow, vice president of shop operations. "We work closely with tech colleges in our area to get younger guys in here and do a lot on training to help them" once they are hired, he says. And recognition for a job well done is never forgotten, Dally says. Any employee compli- mented by a customer for a job well done receives a certifi cate their excellent performance and customer service. "Customers are plenty willing to call in and com- plain about [bad service], but it doesn't happen as much when they get good service," Dally says. "So when we get those [good] calls, we take note." Headquartered in Blaine, Minn., more information on Blaine Brothers can be found at Blaine Brothers In addition to its distribution locations, the company also operates fi ve North American Trailer locations. Blaine Brothers focuses on all aspects of the aftermarket, with service and towing capabilities in addition to its distribution business. DOTY Finalist Blaine Brothers at a glance Source: Google Maps, Blaine Brothers 14 T R U C K P A R T S & S E R V I C E | A u g u s t 2 0 1 4 By Lucas Deal, Editor

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