Transportation & Logistics International 2018 - Volume 7, Issue - 62

FLEET MANAGEMENT

"Our goal is to provide outstanding customer service and keep the lights on."
-Terri Marranzino-Ray, senior manager of support services

Power
Source
TRI-STATE GENERATION & TRANSMISSION
MAKES MONEY-SAVING
CHANGES.
>TRI-STATE GENERATION & TRANSMISSION

BY KAT ZEMAN

Terri Marranzino-Ray loves power.
As senior manager of support services
for Tri-State Generation & Transmission, delivering power to the rural West
is her No. 1 responsibility. "At the end of
the day, our goal is to provide outstanding customer service and keep the lights
on," she says.
Westminster, Colo.-based Tri-State's
diverse portfolio leverages natural
resources to generate reliable and
affordable electricity for its membership, which consists of its 43 member
cooperatives.
Marranzino-Ray manages roughly
1,000 fleet vehicles and oversees the
company's 28 transmission facilities in
the four states Tri-State serves: Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. She's also in charge of roughly
$24 million of inventory, investment
recovery, transmission compliance and
reliability and office services.
Saving Money
Although she's been with the company
for 21 years, Marranzino-Ray has made
a number of changes since taking over
her current job five years ago. One of the
changes was extending the life cycle of
the company's fleet vehicles.
In the past, Tri-State retired diesel
trucks when they reached 150,000 miles

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// Tri-State's fleet includes 33 large specialty
vehicles such as trucks, cranes and man-lifts.

and gas vehicles at 100,000 miles. "Due
to our stellar maintenance program, our
diesel trucks now run to 200,000 miles
and our gas vehicles go to 150,000," she
says. "We did this in order to maximize
the life cycle of the vehicle without
compromising maintenance, service
or safety and we achieved over a $2.5
million one- time cost savings."
In addition, Marranzino-Ray changed
how the company's vehicles are retired.
Tri-State vehicles used to be sold inhouse. That meant that when a vehicle
was ready to be retired, Tri-State employees could buy them. "If you worked
for Tri-State, you could bid on them,"
she says.
The problem with that system was
that one employee would bid $5,000,
another $10,000 and a third would bid

$15,000, she says. Then the top two
bidders would back out and the company sold its vehicle for $5,000. "We were
basically giving these vehicles away,"
she says. "Now we're selling our vehicles
at auction and we've more than tripled
the return on investment."
Aside from changing when and how
vehicles are retired, Marranzino-Ray
made a number of safety-oriented changes that include increasing the inspection
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Tri-State Generation & Transmission
www.tristategt.org
Headquarters: Westminster, Colo.
Employees: 1,500+
Specialty: Electric power generation and
transmission
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