Ridgemont Equity Partners
Dickinson Fleet Services Acquires A1 Diesel Service; Opens FleeTec® Training Academy
September 17, 2019
Indianapolis, IN (September 17, 2019) – Dickinson Fleet Services (“Dickinson” or “DFS”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of A1 Diesel Service of Hendersonville, Tennessee, continuing Dickinson’s rapid growth trajectory within its mobile fleet services offering and further solidifying DFS as the nationwide leader in mobile maintenance. A1 Diesel Service marks Dickinson’s ninth acquisition since 2017 and the third in 2019.
“We are excited about investing in the Nashville, Tennessee market, expanding our fleet service centers and our on-site mobile services presence in the Midwest. The addition of A1 Diesel is a great complement to the 20+ mobile service units currently operating in the Nashville market,” said Ted Coltrain and Mike Dickinson, Executive Officers, in a joint statement on behalf of DFS.
Located north of Nashville, Tennessee, A1 Diesel Service has been providing comprehensive fleet repair services since 1970. With a state-of-the-art facility and seasoned diesel technicians, A1 has a strong reputation for providing quality repairs and excellent customer service.
Dickinson Fleet Services is also excited to announce the launch of the FleeTec® Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and a rigorous hands-on educational curriculum, FleeTec® is attracting highly motivated and talented employees with little to no prior mechanical experience and is creating skilled and industry-certified technicians through an intensive professional development program. Technician candidates attend a rigorous in-residence educational program designed to establish foundational mechanical skills. The in-residence programs are followed by a structured internship and extended educational program for the development of advanced skills based at one of the DFS Service Centers or field service locations located nationwide.
FleeTec® candidates are paid competitive wages throughout the program, including coverage of all expenses, and are provided with a comprehensive set of mechanic’s tools. After completing the program, these technicians set out on an exciting career path with the nation’s largest independent fleet maintenance and repair provider and are outfitted with the technical skills and industry credentials to be among the elite performers in the industry.
“We are reaching beyond the rising shortage of available skilled talent in our industry and are fueling our future growth with the creation of the FleeTec® Academy, which will bring in a new stream of talent. There is an untapped population of extremely capable men and women who are highly motivated to pursue a mechanical service technology career but who have just not been able to overcome the typical barriers to entry, most notably time and money! FleeTec® is an opportunity of a lifetime for someone who has what it takes to remain focused and dedicated to both work and education full-time as they complete this exceptional, rigorous training program,” said Steve Ginn, Vice President, Dickinson Fleet Services.
About Dickinson Fleet Services
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dickinson Fleet Services has grown into one of the largest independent fleet maintenance and management companies in the country. DFS is the leading provider of on-site mobile maintenance and repair services nationwide, offering mobile on-site maintenance and repair services for light, medium and heavy duty trucks and trailers with over 300 mobile units operating in 40 states. DFS services fleet customers with 15 company-owned maintenance facilities each offering select services from accident repair, paint, refurbishment and dedicated technician services, combined with an in-house CARES CALL center providing 24/7 repair assistance. DFS has made significant investments in training and technology, including WebWrench® (maintenance tracking and scheduling through proprietary technology) and TRAIT® (real-time reporting and dynamic preventative maintenance inspections processed through a proprietary field service application), and is the only fleet services company in the nation to provide both fleet maintenance and management to its customers nationwide.
About Ridgemont Equity Partners
Ridgemont Equity Partners is a Charlotte-based middle market buyout and growth equity investor. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont have invested approximately $4.4 billion. The firm focuses on equity investments up to $250 million in industries in which it has deep expertise, including business and industrial services, energy, healthcare, and technology and telecommunications.