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Yancey Bros. Delivers First Cat Vocational Truck in Ga.

Tue January 24, 2012 - Southeast Edition
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When the announcement was made that Caterpillar would begin manufacturing its own line of vocational trucks, it didn’t take too much time for a long-time Cat supplier to step up and place an order.

Ranew’s Trucking, a division of Ranew’s Companies of Milner, Ga., is a supplier of transportation services for Caterpillar Inc. and several dealers across the southeastern United States. Hauling loads of Cat generators, earthmoving equipment and power enclosures across the country, Ranew’s operates a mixed fleet of vocational trucks. But with the new CT660 entering the market, the company has decided they are going to repopulate their fleet with Cat trucks in the coming years.

Yancey Bros. Co., the Caterpillar dealer for Georgia, delivered its first CT660 to Ranew’s the first week of December. Yancey Bros. Co. Dealer Principal Jim Stephenson made the short trip from Atlanta to Milner to hand-deliver the keys to Ranew’s President Lester Ranew. To mark the event as an even more special day, Cat Vocational Truck (CVT) Sales Manager Guy Milliken, Sales Representative Scott Chapman, plus several other Yancey team members cooked pork shoulders with all the fixings for more than 100 of Ranew’s Companies employees and invited guests. While the weather may have been a typical rainy December day, the atmosphere at Ranew’s was bright and sunny with the arrival of the first CVT delivered in Georgia.

About Ranew’s Companies

Ranew’s Companies is a product solutions business that serves customers across the globe. Founded in 1981 by Lester and Susan Ranew, the company has been proudly serving their customers for three decades.

It all began when the Ranews opened a small, one- bay, paint-and-body shop in Sunnyside, Ga. He had a few simple goals: work hard, treat people right and make an honest living. Lester soon realized that his customers needed more than just paint and body work so he began delivering “Product Solutions.” If a customer had an idea or a product that required fabrication, assembly or painting, Ranew’s could help.

The “Product Solutions” concept along with a true commitment to customer satisfaction provided Ranew’s with many new business opportunities. These new opportunities could only be realized with larger shops and more acreage so a decision was made to relocate15 miles south to Milner, Ga.

Over the past three decades the company has grown to become a multi-division organization serving a variety of customer bases. Its Trucking Division provides transportation and hauling services for public and private customers across North America. By providing turn-key internodal solutions for its customers, Ranew’s has become one of the country’s most respected and dependable transportation providers.

Ranew’s Fabrication Division designs, develops and manufactures precision shipping containers for use in the public and private inter-modal transportation industry, including specialized Container Safety Convention-approved shipping containers and interconnecting tanks. Ranew’s is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management System company for its fabrication business.

Its Industrial Coating Division is what got them on the map. Ranew’s has 30 years’ experience painting all types of parts, vehicles and commercial equipment. The company specializes in powder coating for its customers, and the work is done on site in a well-grounded, clean environment to ensure consistent wrap-around coverage.

Today, Ranew’s headquarters stands on its original Milner site. In addition, the surrounding 30-plus acres were acquired over the years and are now the home of its three divisions, a warehouse, 80-plus dedicated employees and a customer base which includes local, state, national and international companies.

Lester and Susan remain as the original owners of Ranew’s and continue to actively serve as the company Presidents. CEG

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