Originally published in Modern Work Truck Solutions, December 2019 edition.
Ziegler Tire is an automotive repair and tire business, founded in Ohio in 1919 by two brothers, Oliver and Harold Ziegler. 100 years later, Ziegler Tire has grown to include twenty-two locations in three states, Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Today, Ziegler Tire is still operating with the same mission and values the Ziegler brothers founded the company on—exceptional customer service, unparalleled quality, and dependability.
Bill is the store manager at the Akron, Ohio Ziegler Tire location. In addition to managing the store, Bill is also responsible for updating and outfitting the fleet of over 250 vehicles that service Ziegler’s customers across OH, KY, and PA. The fleet vehicles vary, but lately Bill has been adding Ford F450s and F550s to the fleet.
These vehicles are used in Ziegler Tire’s roadside repair business unit. For a long time, the trucks were equipped with Ingersoll Rand reciprocating gas-powered air compressors. The roadside repair technicians found these air compressors frustrating, as the compressors were not able to deliver air on demand, forcing the techs to wait on the side of the road for air to build so they could continue with their job. Adding large air receiver tanks to the systems helped shorten the wait times for air, but didn’t eliminate them, and these bulky and heavy tanks added more weight and equipment to the truck. The Ziegler Tire fleet manager knew that rotary screw air compressors were better quality, and able to deliver on-demand air 100% of the time, so PTO driven rotary screw air compressors were installed on some of the trucks to help fix the issues.
These PTO drive rotary-screw air compressors lessened the frustrations the technicians were having on the road. Compared to the reciprocating air compressors, the air power was much better, and these rotary screw compressors didn’t require a large tank, but they also had a big drawback: they were pricey. It was not sustainable for Ziegler Tire to outfit every single one of their roadside repair trucks with a PTO drive air compressor. And so, Bill turned to Google for some online research, with the goal of finding an affordable gas-powered rotary screw air compressor.
Affordable Rotary Screw Gas Engine Air Compressor: VMAC G30
Bill’s Google search lead him straight to the VMAC website, and it was on the website that he found the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor. With the tagline “The most affordable gas driven rotary screw air compressor available”, it seemed to meet his requirements—all the performance of a rotary screw air compressor, but with a cost-effective price tag.
Bill contacted Fallsway Equipment Company for more information on the VMAC G30. Fallsway, like Ziegler Tire, is in Akron OH, and is a family-run business with decades of experience. “It’s always great working with Fallsway,” says Bill. “They’re close by and we have a great relationship; a lot of our equipment comes from Fallsway.” Greg, Fallsway Parts Manager, spoke with Bill about their air compressor needs “it’s a good fit from the cost and performance standpoint,” says Greg. “I would recommend the G30 to any and all customers who have a demand for mobile air.” And with this recommendation from their trusted supplier, Ziegler ordered three VMAC G30s with cold climate kits from Fallsway to test.
Testing the VMAC G30
Ziegler Tire tested the three VMAC G30s on their vehicles, and the technicians had great reviews. “The G30 is fast with air. That’s the nice part,” notes Bill. “It’s less frustrating with the G30; it gets the jobs done faster.” The initial testing phase has been successful, and Bill feels confident in giving his seal of approval on the VMAC G30: “For the quality and the money, you can’t go wrong. We’ve installed and tested three and now we have three more G30s ordered to add to the fleet.”
More about Ziegler Tire’s Suppliers, Fallsway & VMAC
Ziegler Tire is celebrating 100 years in business, and this is no easy feat. A company with this kind of longevity only survives and thrives by being best in class. Not only does Ziegler provide premier service and products to their customers, they expect the same from their vendors and suppliers.
Fallsway Truck Equipment has been in business since 1959 and is a family-run business. Like many companies, their business is built on good customer service, but what sets Fallsway apart is that good customer service is just a baseline metric. They make sure that each day, and in each job, they go above and beyond. And they’re able to back this up with the variety of awards and accolades they’ve collected over the years, most notably, “Caterpillar Dealer of the Year”, which they’ve been awarded several times.
Fallsway has been a VMAC dealer for 15 years, and the relationship between manufacturer and dealer has been extremely successful. “VMAC is an excellent vendor and manufacturer to work with,” says Greg at Fallsway. “They offer excellent support—Brian Buckley, our VMAC Sales Representative, lives very close by, and we’re fortunate because we see him often. He helps us with demos and is always available to answer our questions. This kind of support makes me want to keep working with VMAC and promote their products.”
VMAC is a member of the NTEA and has consistently achieved MVP status, and was recognized by Finning, the world’s largest Caterpillar dealer, as their 2017 Innovative Solutions Supplier of the Year.