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“We have reduced costs [and] provided safe and reliable service.” -Jeff Shingler, director of fleet services TRUCKING& FREIGHTING On the Road >CONSUMERS ENERGY CONSUMERS ENERGY IS IMPROVING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF ITS FLEET SERVICES. BY E R I C S L AC K A public utility, Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS En- // Consumers Energy has invested in new ergy. It provides natural gas and electric technology for its fleet, including hybrid and other alternative-fuel vehicles. services to 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 of the Lower Peninsula’s counties. Among the com- Services Jeff Shingler says. “We also have emergencies,” Shingler says. “After pany’s assets are 12 coal-fired and two oil- to ensure a high level of skill with our me- Sandy, we were in the Long Island area fired generating plants, 13 hydroelectric chanics, as they need a wide variety of helping restore gas services, and our elec- plants, a pumped storage generating plant mechanical aptitudes.” tric crews were deployed from Cleveland and several combustion-turbine plants. Although Consumers Energy is CMS As the leader of Consumers Energy’s fleet services department, Shingler’s to New Jersey.” Fundamentally, Consumers Energy’s Energy’s principal business, the organi- main priority is the operation of the orga- business of pipes and poles hasn’t zation also operates CMS Enterprises, a nization’s fleet. The fleet services depart- changed much lately, but the fleet services North American independent power ment has a great deal of responsibility department has changed. Over the last 10 business. CMS Enterprises has an own- around ensuring reliable service to cus- years, Shingler says Consumers Energy ership interest in seven generating plants tomers. That is why the department fo- has seen a number of changes to its sup- in Michigan and North Carolina. cuses on keeping trucks on the road and plier base because suppliers are keeping ensuring that crews are available. less inventory on hand. This means the Fleet of Foot About 7,700 people work for the organiza- “Our crews are ready to work in our state, and even out of state to help with tion, including 147 employees in Con- company has to determine what supplies to keep on hand and what can remain with the supplier until needed. sumer Energy’s fleet services department. -----------------------------------------------[ P R O F I L E ] Of the 147 people in fleet services, 109 are Consumers Energy ing for a part, so we’ve gone to a predic- mechanics. The company has 4,500 vehi- tive-maintenance mode,” Shingler says. cles, 2,700 powered units and an array of Revenue: $6 billion “We analyze what we keep on hand, ana- equipment within its trailers. HQ: Jackson, Mich. lyzing each part and reorder quantities. Employees: 7,700 Items like filters and belts, and tires in to tractor trailers and everything in be- Specialty: Natural gas and electric services some cases, can be easy to get, but it is the tween in their fleets,” Director of Fleet -------------------------------------------------------------- less predictable items that can impact “Utilities have everything from ATVs “We can’t let vehicles sit for days wait- WINTER 2013 TLIMAGAZINE.COM 35 http://www.TLIMAGAZINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2013

Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2013
Hurricane Sandy
Intermodal Rail
Near Shoring
Steel Bridges
Porsche Cars North America Inc.
TDS Transport
Aspen Equipment Co.
Consumers Energy
Mountain Valley Express Co. Inc.
Supreme Group
Miller Felpax Corp.
Rio Grande Pacific Corp.
TNT Sales
Usher Transport Inc.
Triad Transport Inc.
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Fusion Logistics
GulfMark Energy Inc.
Mode Transportation
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
Trailways Inc.
Time Logistics Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc.
Sears Holding Corp.
Perry Ellis International Inc.
Tennessee Commercial Warehouse
J&P Hall Express
Pacific Air Cargo
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Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2013