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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING

// CIMC-IE is exploring building a U.S.-based
chassis manufacturing plant similar to its
state-of-the-art facility in China.

The CIMC Family
Sonzala is proud of CIMC-IE and its
team. "All the robots, the KTL coatings,
laser cutters and buildings are just what
we use to get our product out," he says.
"The employee is our chief asset. CIMC

Intermodal Equipment is an employee
concentric company."
The employees make CIMC-IE a joy
to work for, Sonzala asserts. "I'm here
at 5:30 in the morning because my third
shift works until six," he says. "As a CEO,
I do care about my third shift people.
They're just as important as everybody
else. Our first shift starts at 6:00 a.m.
and second shift at 2:30 p.m.
"We're family that works together," he
continues. "We've got different back-

LEADING THE WAY
CIMC Intermodal Equipment makes each chassis order one at a time, but the company is
skilled at taking orders that number in the thousands. "No one can do the big orders like
we do," President and CEO Frank Sonzala declares.
This capability has earned the company 77 percent of the total market share for chassis
in the United States. "In our growing distribution network, we have 28 locations that are
distributing our products: our customized chassis and our stock chassis," he adds.

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This results in an exchange of American and Chinese ideas between the two.
The three participants also receive a
plaque and an "MBA" certificate before
returning to China.

grounds and different educations, but
if you cut us open, we're all the same on
the inside."
Sonzala sees a strong future for
CIMC-IE. "I see us getting to 100,000
chassis," he says, adding that the company is exploring building a chassis
manufacturing plant in the United
States similar to its state-of-the art
facility in China.
Over time, the consumption rate in
China will continue growing, resulting in the United States being its No. 1
supplier, he predicts. "We'll be exporting
products to help them feed their needs,"
he says, noting that he expects this to
happen in the next seven to 10 years.
He adds that CIMC-IE is forgoing
creating a five-year plan, due to the advancements in technology. "How can we
say what five years is going to be in our
business?" he asks. "We have to manage
it on the hourly basis, now that things
can change that quickly."


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