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6 Tips for Tank Truck Driving in the Summer Heat

It’s that time of year again! You know, the time of year when you start to sweat profusely after standing outside for only a few minutes. Mid-June heat can be brutal. That’s why it is crucial to ensure that you and your tank truck are prepared for summer weather and all that it can bring! Before venturing off into the extreme heat, here are a few pre-trip inspections that every tank truck driver should take note of.

Make sure you check your tanker’s:

1. Tires

It is paramount to check your tire mounting and air pressure. You should inspect your tires every two hours OR every 100 miles when driving in extreme heat.

Air pressure naturally increases as the temperature increases. It might be tempting to let air out when you see the air pressure increase. Don’t do this because it will become too low once the tires inevitably cool off. If your tires become too hot to touch, stay stopped until they cool off. This will prevent blowing a tire or even the possibility of your tires catching on fire.

Pro tip: A burning tire should be cooled with water.

2. Engine Oil

Engine oil keeps the engine cool, and also lubricates it. You should always make sure there is enough in your tanker. Bonus points if you have an oil temperature gauge—this helps you ensure the temperature is within the proper range while you are driving.

3. Engine Coolant

Before getting on the road, make sure your tanker’s engine cooling system has enough water and antifreeze. (Antifreeze helps your engine in the winter and summer!) When driving, check the water temperature and/or coolant temperature gauge every now and then to make sure it remains in the normal range. If the gauge goes above the highest safe temperature, there is probably something wrong, and could lead to engine failure and possibly a fire. Stop driving as soon as possible to investigate the issue.

NEVER remove the radiator cap or any part of the pressurized system until the system has cooled. Boiling water or steam could spray and cause fatal burns.

 

Don’t forget—it is just as important to take care of yourself as it is your tanker! Here’s some tips to beat the heat as you’re out on the road this summer:

 

4. Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget to drink water while on the road, but it’s extremely important in order to stay properly hydrated – especially during the hottest months of the year. Keeping a large jug of iced water next to you while you’re driving will serve as a constant reminder and make it practical for you to drink water throughout the day.

5. Wear Sun Protection

Wearing sunscreen at the pool is common sense. Wearing sun screen to drive a tank truck, on the other hand, may not cross your mind. But if you spend long hours on the road during daylight hours, applying sun screen is a good idea. While it’s unlikely to get a gnarly sun burn, deeply penetrating UVA rays from the sun can still be harmful and damaging to your skin and health.

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found those who had spent the most time driving a car each week were more likely to develop skin cancers on the left sides of their bodies and faces — the side exposed to more sunlight while driving. In patients with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, 74 percent of the tumors were found on the left sides, compared with 26 percent on the right.

6. Beware of more traffic

During the summertime, roads tend to be a lot more crowded. Kids are out of school, a lot more people have time off work, and families are take more vacations. Heavier traffic can present more dangers for for tank truck drivers, so pay extra close attention to other vehicles on the road and possible sudden slow downs.

 

Bottom line:

Follow these tips to beat the heat this summer as you drive your tanker truck! In the meantime, check out some of our high quality tank trucks to ensure you stay safe on the road. We manufacture tanker trucks that last longer, saving you downtime and money. We also provide service centers around the country to provide help when you need it most!

New Machine Increases Efficiency of Tank Production

Introducing: The SweBend Roll Machine—Amthor International’s newest plant machinery! All the way from Sweden, the SweBend machine uses advanced engineering to bend sheets of metal with tremendous force that reduces the flat ends to a bare minimum.

Benefits

Here at Amthor, we know the importance of saving our customers downtime and money. That’s why we manufacture, in a time-efficient manner, tanker trucks of the highest quality. This machinery brings tremendous value to our company and our manufacturing plant in Gretna, Virginia.

The SweBend Roll Machine:

  • Increases the quality of Amthor tanks
  • Increases the efficiency of production
  • Increases safety within our plant and for our employees

The SweBend Roll Machine was a two-year time investment including the time it took to purchase it, deliver it, and train employees how to handle it. As the machine quickly becomes a cornerstone in our production process, the SweBend proves to be well worth the investment for both our employees and our customers.

SweBend is a Swedish company located in Hässleholm, Sweden. Their team of engineers and mechanics design state-of-the-art machinery in the field of bending and forming metal. This SweBend Roll Machine has operator friendly controls and offers the strongest available shafts on the market. It also has the highest drive torque and rotation speed, which helps minimize cycle time and maximize quality output. Needless to say, we are excited about this new machinery in our plant and our ability to manufacture higher quality tanker trucks that save you downtime and money.

Imagination Meets Innovation

Here at Amthor, we take pride in creating solutions for our customers; we know not all needs are the same. In this case, a customer named Chris explained that his new septic pumping business, Septic Solutions located in Greer, SC, would also service small restaurants by pumping out their grease traps for proper disposal.

Chris was facing several significant dilemmas. First, he needed to figure out how to pump the grease traps using a 55-gallon drum vacuum cleaner to avoid pulling a long pumper truck hose through a restaurant. Then, without hauling a trailer behind him, how could he transport it on his 2500-gallon vacuum tanker truck without compromising any operations or functions of his tanker truck.

Many “like businesses” typically strap the 55-gallon vacuum drum to the front of their tanker trucks. For safety reasons, this wasn’t our solution. Amthor International’s team designed a liftgate carriage built onto the tanker truck’s rear driver side (seen in the photo). The vacuum liftgate holds up to 1500 pounds! With the simple switch of a button, the liftgate raises and lowers. The portable 55-gallon vacuum drum is attached to a dolly for easy navigation, which allows our customer to clean out grease traps in a time-saving manner and without any heavy lifting.

This innovation enables Chris’s business to be more successful and tackle two separate services with one tank truck.

The truck shown in the photos is a 2020 F-750 Vacuum Unit designed for our customer’s needs. This tanker is equipped with a Fruitland RCF-500 Vacuum Pump and has all heated columns.

Check out this video to hear Chris introduce his new vacuum carriage.

3 Steps to Clean Your Tank Truck

Is your tanker not shining like it was when you first purchased it? If so, it may be time to clean the exterior of your tank truck. Not sure where to begin? Keep reading for a 3-step touch-less method to cleaning a tanker.

Whether it’s your family-owned business or you are working for a larger company, your truck is a representation of your business. When your tanker is shining, not only will you represent your brand well, but you will attract more business as a result.

The best part about this process is that you don’t have to scrub with your hands— it is a touch-less method.

*It is best to clean the cab of your truck before you begin to clean the tank.*

 

To clean the tank…follow these steps: 

  1. Start with a foam cannon pressure washer. Apply a low pH detergent to the tank using the foam cannon. The low pH product will brighten the metallic tank. Apply the product from the BOTTOM of the tank to the TOP of the tank. Start at the front of the tank and work your way towards the back in small vertical sections.
    • (Side note: Foam cannon pressure washers are ideal when you are looking to mix in a detergent or cleaning chemicals. This type of washer produces thick suds at high and fast pressure making it easy to wipe any surface down without damaging it.)

2. Next, apply a high pH detergent directly on top of the low pH detergent. The high pH product attacks dirt, grease, and oils.

3. After about a minute of letting the detergents sit (do NOT let them dry), use warm water (about 100°F) from your pressure washer and rinse your tank truck from TOP TO BOTTOM! Maintain your high pressure nozzle within 2 feet of the surface and spray at an angle of about 45°.

Repeat these steps until you’re satisfied with your tank truck! Dirty tankers have a grimy haze to their surface, but a cleaned tanker will have a bright, shiny surface.

Once it’s shining, get back on the road and your business will certainly stand out!

11 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

It’s that time of year to consider proper safety measures for driving in serious winter conditions. Driving in winter weather can be risky due to poor visibility, poor traction on snow-covered or icy roads, and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road. We want you to be equipped to get your job done in winter weather, but most importantly, arrive home safely to your family. Driving a tanker truck in serious winter conditions demands a knowledge of proper and preventative safety skills.

Here’s a refresher of some safe winter driving tips and tricks that can be invaluable to a tank truck driver:

1. Slow Down

  • Most accidents on snowy or icy roads occur from excessive speed. It is important to compensate for poor traction on the roads by reducing your speed!

2. Inspect Your Tank Truck

  • Having your tank truck prepared for winter is imperative to prevent any major issues. Check the tire pressure, engine oil, and antifreeze levels before you hit the road!

3. Keep a Safe Driving Distance

  • The stopping distance on icy roads is almost 10 TIMES the normal stopping distance. It’s important to leave plenty of room between your tank truck and the vehicle in front of you to ensure you have enough space to stop or move out of the way.

4. Stay Smooth

  • When you’re driving on snowy and icy roads, avoid any sudden braking, acceleration, turning, etc. If a situation arrises where you need to come to a stop, pump your breaks lightly. The objective is to keep a consistent speed to avoid reducing traction on the slippery roads.

5. Never Push Beyond the Limits of Your Equipment

  • Knowing how your vehicle operates and what your equipment can handle is VERY important. It is one of the best ways to stay safe!

6. Don’t Risk It 

  • If the weather is so bad that you need to pull off the road, DO IT. Find a place to get off the road safely and wait until conditions are safe!

7. Warm the Windshield

  • Not sure what to do on those really cold mornings when your windshield fogs up? Turn your defroster on high for a minute to help warm the glass.

8. Carry Kitty Litter, Sand, or Cardboard

  • If your tank truck is stuck in snow, you can sprinkle sand or kitty litter in front of the tires (and behind them if you’re planning on backing out). Another way to get traction is to lay cardboard, or even plywood, in front of the tires (or behind them if you’re starting in reverse).

9. Keep Your Gas Tank Full

  • Having a full gas tank gives extra weight over the tires which provides additional traction.

10. Check Tail Lights

  • After driving in the ice and snow, check your taillights and license plate to ensure they are cleared and clean. It’s important to make your tank truck as highly visible as possible.

11. Be Prepared

  • It’s a good idea to have the following with you on the road:
    • Warm clothing
    • Extra blankets
    • Food and water
    • Flashlight
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Tire chains

 

 

Please, Wear Your Seatbelt | Chris’s Story

A few weeks ago, here at Amthor, we received an email that stopped us in our tracks. The email was from a man named Chris, and he shared—with tears in his eyes—the story of a horrible accident that would forever change his life. His story deeply moved us, and we wanted to share it in hopes that it will do the same for you.

Chris explained he was driving one of our 2,000-gallon Matador Runabouts ( a portable restroom tank truck), when his truck hydroplaned at 70 mph. Losing control, his vehicle flew sideways up a grass freeway embankment, catching air and rolling four times before it rested.

 

The accident crushed the cab and was a total loss. But remarkably, the tank itself was undamaged. The only damage was a slight bend in the uppermost paper box on the driver side, easily beaten back into shape, along with a slight angle in the license plate bracket.

Miraculously, Chris walked entirely away from this accident without any injuries and was able to go home to his family that night. For that, we are immensely grateful.

The Amthor tank was the only barrier preventing the cab from being crushed with him inside. The tank did not separate from the frame due to the unique tie-down system Butch Amthor designed many years ago.  We realize this story could have ended very differently, and we are thankful that Chris is here to share his story with us.  It reminds us of the enormous responsibility we have for our customers and the integrity of every tank we manufacture.

In his email, Chris stated,

“Thank you to every single team member who is involved in the process of creating the tanks—from the designer who sketched it, all the way to the person who put the final touch of the tank and everyone in between.”

That being said, we are noting that Chris was an extremely fortunate man because he also informed us that he was not wearing a seatbelt. We are sobered by the fact that this story could have ended very differently, and feel the call to encourage our customers to always wear their seatbelts.

We are aware it can be tempting to remain unbuckled when your job requires continuously going in and out of the truck—but unfortunately, accidents do happen. It is our deep desire to ensure that our customers go home to their families safely. So, when you’re on the road, wear your seatbelt; if you are a fleet operations manager, scheduler, or controller—please remind your drivers to buckle up. For safety and for family.

His story deeply moved us, and we wanted to share it in hopes that it will do the same for you.

 

Hank Vanderveen, Rest in Peace

We learned this morning with great sadness, we’ve lost a dear friend and co-worker, Hank Vanderveen.  Hank was very well known and respected in the vacuum industry.  He served on numerous boards, committees, associations and won awards related to the industry.  Hank joined Amthor International 13 years ago and was instrumental in working with Butch and Brian on tank designs and their vast ways of operations. He was a wonderful teacher, generous with his time, had very loyal customers, and at the trade shows, he was “Hank Hollywood” because everyone came by to see him.  At this time, we don’t have information regarding the arrangements.

Hank Please keep Hank’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

 

Our Responsibility In Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our Responsibility In Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic 

At Amthor International, the safety of our employees and customers has always been our top priority. During these uncertain times, we want to assure all of our customers, dealers, and employees that we take the health and well-being of our community very seriously. We are closely monitoring the guidelines of the CDC, WHO, and local and state governments to continue production as safely as possible.

At this time, there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported at our manufacturing facility in Gretna, VA. As a continued precaution, only staff members will have access to our main offices. All freight deliveries and pickups will be in contained designated areas. We will work with customers individually to pick up their completed tanker trucks. We’re suspending all plant tours during this time. We will continue to assess the current situation as it unfolds and make changes to these measures if we see fit. Please see below for a list of updates regarding production, delivery, vendors/supplier, dealers, and employees.

We are doing our best to keep our production “business as usual.” During this time, we are making the following adjustments temporarily:

Update on production:

  • Our current production hours are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, until 5 pm
  • Currently making tremendous strides in meeting and exceeding our current production schedule and getting caught up on past orders
  • We have purchased enough manufacturing supplies to handle our production backlog
  • We have taken all necessary precautions to make sure that we do not have any extended delays with our supply chains from our vendors and suppliers

Update on delivery of your tanker truck:

  • Contact your Amthor Representative for updates on the status of your order(s). Currently, everything is business as usual, and there aren’t any production delays at this point

Update for vendors/suppliers:

  • We are continuing to operate on a 40- hour schedule, Monday-Friday, and are accepting deliveries in a secure location outside of our plant to protect our employees
  • We will do our best to notify everyone if our current schedule changes

We are taking the following precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees:

  • Absolutely no visitors are allowed in the plant or the office at this time
  • We are disinfecting the plant and office continuously all day long with industrial disinfectants
  • We are checking the temperature of all employees every morning as they enter the plant
  • Employees who feel ill are required to stay home
  • All employees require proper handwashing throughout the day
  • We are encouraging the appropriate social distancing parameters
  • We are keeping our sales team off of the road and working from home during this time

Amthor International will remain open and fully functional during this time. Should the government issue guidance for us to close, we will update everyone on our plan at that time. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow the direction of public health officials and government agencies.

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Brian Amthor at 845-778-5576 or at bramthor@amthorinternational.com

 

Visitation Restrictions for COVID-19

Effective 7:00 am on Monday, March 16, we are restricting visitation for two weeks as we continue

monitoring and implementing preventive measures for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 

There have been no cases of the COVID-19 reported at our facility in Gretna, VA. Therefore, during this

time, we will be assessing the current situation and deciding how to move forward proactively.

First and foremost, we want to ensure we continue to take every precaution to protect our staff as well

as our business partners, vendors, suppliers, and visitors.

 

Only staff members will have access to our main offices. All freight deliveries and pickups will be in

contained designated areas. We will work with customers individually to pick up their completed tanker

trucks. We’re suspending all plant tours during this time.

 

All job applications can be completed online at https://amthorinternational.com/work-amthor/ .

 

Mail resumes to Human Resources Manager, Amthor International 237 Industrial Dr. Gretna, VA 24557

 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (845) 776-5576 or email

bramthor@amthorinternational.com .

 

Sincerely,

Brian R. Amthor

Executive Vice-President

Train2Work Partnership with Danville Community College

Amthor International Train2Work Welding Course

Amthor International has partnered with Danville Community College (DCC) to create a welding course with the potential to work for Amthor after completion of the course. This is a non credit course offered through DCC and taught by Amthor International’s Operations Manager, Ronnie Farmer. This beginner’s course is designed to teach people who are interested in obtaining a new skill set in welding and possible employment with Amthor International. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a GMAW Certification with American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an opportunity to apply to Amthor International for employment. The course lasts for eight (8) weeks and meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

The Amthor International Train2Work course teaches Welding Gas Metal Arc Fillet Welding (Welding GMAW). This training course introduces semi-automatic welding processes with emphasis on practical applications. It includes the study of filler wires, fluxes, and gases. At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • know the differences between the most common welding technologies and the GMAW (MIG) welding process
  • learn the different shielding gases and the common types of wire and their costs
  • identify the most important parts of a MIG/MAG welding machine
  • know how to change the machine parameters and the working and consumable parts of the machine
  • make use of the most common edge preparations and the different weld joint designs
  • know how to weld mild steel with different techniques, positions and joints
  • identify welding defects and know how to correct them
  • make use of different grinding machines
  • know and use the proper safety procedures and equipment

To gain additional skills outside of the one course Amthor International Train2Work/ GMAW training course, students can enroll in the Welding Program (Certificate Program) offered through DCC.

The Train2Work course is location at the DCC main campus in the new Welding Facility. The space features all-new welding equipment, in addition to a new welding fabrication area where students can obtain hands-on experience with the process. The course lasts for 8 weeks and meets two nights a week for 3 hours. Students are encouraged not to miss any classes because of the fast pace of the training and the shortened length of the course. Seats for the class are limited to 16 students.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The ideal student is someone who is interested in welding, likes to work with their hands, and wants to learn new skills. There are several grants with the school and other partner organizations that will provide tuition funding for the training course. Other grants may be available for supportive services such as transportation assistance, child care, tool/uniform assistance, resume assistance and more. Tools are not included in the tuition for this course.

 

After completion of the course, students are encouraged to apply for employment at Amthor International. Students must go through normal hiring procedures including application, weld test, interview, background check, and drug screening. Amthor International does not guarantee employment or an interview after completing the course. Amthor International is an equal opportunity employer.

 

For more information on how to apply:

Chad Younger, (434) 797 – 8573, chadrick.younger@dcc.vccs.edu  

Patricia Dayberry, (434) – 797 – 8430, patricia.dayberry@dcc.vccs.edu

danville.edu

Our Flat Vac Mini Slide in Unit

When it comes to vacuum trucks, few manufacturers can offer the options that we can here at Amthor International. In fact, we even offer a flat vac mini slide-in unit for companies that need to empty out porta-potties but who don’t need large vacuum trucks to do the job. If this is the case for you, the flat vac mini slide-in unit is a much more cost-efficient option.

Our Flat Vac Mini Slide in Unit

Our flat vac mini slide-in unit is perfect for easy porta-potty servicing and is an entry-level unit. It’s a lot smaller than our typical vacuum trucks and can be slid into a basic pickup truck with ease. Besides being an economical option for smaller companies, the flat vac mini slide in unit is a great option for larger businesses as well. This is because it’s a good compliment to your normal fleet of vacuum trucks as its smaller size makes it great for hard to reach jobs.

While there are other slide-in units on the market, few have the innovative design as ours. This is because our flat vac mini slide in unit uses a revolutionary rectangular design that helps to eliminate blind spots, allowing drivers to see out their back windshield, thereby making it much safer and easier for drivers to operate. The low profile of the tank also results in a lower center of gravity, making the unit more aerodynamic, which in turn helps to prevent sloshing while the pump is in use and the tank is being transported.

Even though our flat vac mini slide-in unit is considered an entry-level unit, it still comes with the customizable options that customers have come to expect from our line of tanker trucks. These options include:

  • Steel, stainless steel and aluminum material
  • Multiple tank sizes starting at 300 gallons
  • Multiple compartment options
  • Several pump makes and models to choose from

Features on all of our flat vac mini slide-in units include the following:

  • Full-length baffles and bulkheads
  • An angled floor that allows for easy draining
  • A raised rear pump platform and a waste compartment discharge located beneath it
  • A two-inch inlet and a three-inch discharge
  • A 12V water pump
  • Two-inch suction hose with wand and valve

For more information about our flat vac mini slide in unit, be sure to contact us at Amthor International today.

Our Vacuum Tanker Facility Expansion Plans

At Amthor International, we have built a reputation over the past 25 years as the best manufacturer of vacuum trucks in the country due to our commitment to safety, efficiency, and quality. However, you’ll never catch us resting on our laurels. We continuously strive to improve our business, which is why we are currently planning on reconfiguring our vacuum tanker fabrication department by expanding our facilities. Doing so should allow us to improve our productivity.

Our Vacuum Tanker Facility Expansion Plans

We are planning on rearranging and expanding our vacuum tanker department in order to both optimize our productivity and to streamline our process for manufacturing vacuum tankers. As part of our plans, we will add roughly 90,000 square feet of space to our existing vacuum tanker manufacturing facility, which is located in Gretna, VA.

Although the beginning construction date has yet to be set in stone, construction is expected to begin sometime during the summer. Once it’s started, we are hoping to complete our facility expansion within 90 to 120 days. Besides improving our ability to manufacture vacuum tankers in an efficient manner, the expansion of our facility should also help to add around a hundred jobs within the next five years.

About Amthor International

We are extremely proud of the fact that we produce all of our tanker trucks in the United States. Besides the advantage of buying American, we also go to great lengths to customize our tanker trucks based on the specific needs of our clients.

As far as our vacuum trucks go, we build code and non-code tanks with stationary or dumping as well as full opening rear doors. Countless customization options are available, from the material of your choice to compartment sizes and more. One of the more unique features available on our line of vacuum trucks is the CLAW, which is a series of hydraulic arms that open and close the vacuum truck’s rear door, thereby eliminating the use of wing nuts and providing a tighter seal than any person could provide manually. The CLAW makes our vacuum trucks safer and more convenient.

For more information about our vacuum truck facility expansion plans or about the customization options that we offer for our vacuum trucks, be sure to contact us at Amthor International today.

DCC WELDING STUDENTS FIND GOOD JOBS CLOSE TO HOME AT AMTHOR INTERNATIONAL

1008 South Main Street
Danville, VA 24541-4004
Toll Free: 800.560.4291
V/P: 434.688.0136
Fax: 434.797.8514
www.danville.edu

Contact: Kimberly Buck, PR & Marketing Director
Kimberly.buck@dcc.vccs.edu
434.797.8458

DCC WELDING STUDENTS FIND GOOD JOBS CLOSE TO HOME AT AMTHOR INTERNATIONAL

Danville, Va., July 13, 2018 — A new fast-track aluminum welding class at Danville Community College is helping students find good local jobs after just a few weeks of study.

Six students who recently completed the first eight-week Welding GMAW class at DCC have already been hired by Amthor as the company expands its operations in Gretna. They are: Brandon Betterton, Steven Gauldin, Sheila Hughes, Stormy Hendrickson, Anthony Long, and Noah Richardson.

Amthor Operations Manager Ronnie Farmer, who started with the company as a tank welder when it began 25 years ago, teaches the non-credit welding course.

“We had a lot of fun. They applied their lessons really well,” he said of his first class.

Farmer will be teaching a second evening course 5-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, August 27 – October 17 in DCC’s newly constructed welding facility, which features all new state-of-the-art equipment. Grant funding is available to qualifying students to cover tuition and may also be available for supportive services such as transportation assistance, child care, tool/uniform purchases, résumé assistance, and more.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The ideal student is interested in welding, likes to work with their hands, and wants to learn new skills. Students are encouraged not to miss any classes because of the fast pace of the training and the shortened length of the course.

Students who successfully complete the course will earn a GMAW Certification from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and are encouraged to apply for employment with Amthor International.

While taking the class does not guarantee an interview or employment, “Ronnie knows what Amthor needs and tailors his instruction accordingly,” said Amthor Human Resources Manager Adrienne James, noting that the company recently announced its expansion and has a need to hire more skilled workers, primarily in welding.

“We want to emphasize the importance of this partnership with DCC,” said Amthor Executive Vice President Brian Amthor. “We need skilled workers in order to grow our business. This class helps local workers gain valuable job skills in a short period of time so that we can continue to meet the growing demand for our products nationally and internationally.”

Amthor added, “Ronnie is a great teacher and brings a lot to the table. He is an asset not only to Amthor, but also to the college in sharing his experience.”

The Amthor International Train2Work course teaches Gas Metal Arc Fillet Welding (GMAW). It introduces semi-automatic welding processes with emphasis on practical applications and includes the study of filler wires, fluxes, and gases. At the end of the course, successful completers should be able to:

  • know the differences between the most common welding technologies and the GMAW (MIG) welding process
  • learn the different shielding gases and the common types of wire and their costs
  • identify the most important parts of a MIG/MAG welding machine
  • know how to change the machine parameters and the working and consumable parts of the machine
  • make use of the most common edge preparations and the different weld joint designs
  • know how to weld mild steel with different techniques, positions and joints
  • identify welding defects and know how to correct them
  • make use of different grinding machines
  • know and use the proper safety procedures and equipment

To gain additional skills, students can sign up for the full welding certificate or diploma program at DCC. More information on these programs can be found at www.danville.edu.

After completion of the course, students are encouraged to apply for employment at Amthor International. Students must go through normal hiring procedures including application, weld test, interview, background check, and drug screening. Amthor International does not guarantee employment or an interview after completing the course. Amthor International is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information on the course, grant funding, or to sign up, contact DCC FastForward Career Coach Chadrick Younger at 434.797.8573 or chadrick.younger@dcc.vccs.edu.  

Amthor International, a fourth-generation family-owned company, is the nation’s largest and most diverse manufacturer of tanker trucks. Their products include tanks and accessories for the refined fuel, propane, vacuum and septic, portable restroom, water, well drilling, and construction industries. 100% of Amthor tanks are made in the USA and manufactured in their 86,000-square-foot facility in Gretna, Virginia. Learn more about the training program at www.amthorinternational.com/train2work.

Pictured, from left, are new Amthor hires Noah Richardson of Java, Sheila Hughes of Halifax, Stormy Hendrickson of Gretna, welding instructor and Amthor Operations Manager Ronnie Farmer, new hires Steven Gauldin of Ringgold and Brandon Betterton of Gretna, and Amthor Executive Vice President Brian Amthor. Not pictured is recent hire Anthony Long.

Pictured, from left, are new Amthor hires Noah Richardson of Java, Sheila Hughes of Halifax, Stormy Hendrickson of Gretna, welding instructor and Amthor Operations Manager Ronnie Farmer, new hires Steven Gauldin of Ringgold and Brandon Betterton of Gretna, and Amthor Executive Vice President Brian Amthor. Not pictured is recent hire Anthony Long.

How to Operate a Dual Fuel Tanker

One of the most important things you can do after you purchase a new custom built Amthor tanker is knowing how to properly operate the equipment. This is especially true for dual fuel tankers. These special tankers feature two pumps, two meters, and two hose reels. This means you are doubling up on all your equipment from a single axle unit.

In a dual equipment tanker, you will need to engage each PTO and pump pressure valve. Make sure you are familiar with how to use the dry brakes in the rear and all of the bottom loading equipment on the curbside of the tanker before you make your first delivery. Additionally, you will need to ensure that the hose reel rewind, hose reel kill switch, emergency pump shut off and emergency fire release are all working properly before you put your tanker to work.

We encourage you to keep up on the regular maintenance of your vessel. Make sure you keep your PTO drive shaft greased thoroughly and check all your tie downs monthly to make sure they are tight. For more tank maintenance tips, be sure to speak with your sales representative or the manufacturing plant manager.

 

Amthor International Announces Growth In 2018

Amthor International to Expand in Pittsylavia County, Virginia 

Project Will Create 70 New Jobs and Designates Pittsylvania County As Corporate Headquarters

Pittsylvania County, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Amthor International will expand their tanker truck manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County. The expansion includes the construction of a new 115,000 square foot production and will create 70 new jobs over 3 years and 90 new jobs over the next 5 years. Along with the expansion Amthor will designate the Pittsylvania facility as its corporate headquarters.

Executive V/P of Amthor International, Brian Amthor, said, “As our business grows, we are committed to keeping our roots in Virginia and recognizing the success this community has brought for our company, our employees, and our family. We strive to extend our success to those around us. By doing so, we continue the circle of support for our town, our county, and the commonwealth of Virginia. We are excited for the future as our company grows and look forward to the additional jobs and success we can pass on to our employees, dealers, and customers.”

Amthor International is dedicated to keeping more jobs in America and continuing the family owned and operated business model it has adapted for the last 90 years.

Brian Amthor added, “ Our expansion is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of our employees. We are proud to recognize their efforts and look to provide more jobs with our growth over the next five years.”

Amthor International is a manufacturer of tank trucks for the propane, refined fuel, portable restroom, vacuum and septic industries. Trucks can be customized to meet customers’ needs and all trucks are made in America. Amthor has been family owned and operated since the company was founded in 1928 and it opened its first Virginia manufacturing facility in Gretna in 1992.

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is supporting this project with a grant from Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant.

Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said, “Over more than two decades, Amthor International has built a strong reputation as a quality employer in Pittsylvania County, and this major expansion reinforces the company’s commitment to the region and to the Commonwealth… Amthor will continue to provide quality jobs as we enhance our tailored training programs to support this bustling industry.”

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in the areas we serve. Supporting successful businesses, like Amthor International, when they wish to expand within the tobacco region is an important part of reaching this goal.

Amthor International has the largest variety of tank trucks for the refined fuel, propane, portable restroom, vacuum, septic, water, dust control, well drilling, construction, and fire protection industries. Each tank is custom built right here in America by our dedicated workers.

At Amthor International, we are more than made in America. We are reliable solutions keeping you on the road.

Crane Trucks

Crane TruckOur goal here at Amthor International is to provide the tank trucks that you need for your business. Because everybody’s business needs are unique, we not only provide an extensive selection of tank trucks but the opportunity to customize each one as well. If your business requires vehicles that can transport small propane trucks, then we recommend our crane trucks.

Transporting Small Propane Tanks

We know exactly what you’re looking for if you’re looking for trucks that can transport small propane tanks, whether the propane is for home heating, commercial heating or cooking purposes. You need something that prioritizes safety and efficiency. That is exactly what our crane trucks do.

Our crane truck, which is also sometimes known as a boom truck and bottle body, is manufactured with a specially designed mobile crane that can pick up and move your small propane tanks wherever they need to be placed. The trucks themselves are built to be heavy duty and are made out of aluminum extrusions with a variety of different toolbox options with aluminum extruded doors.

Our Crane Truck Options

There are many options to choose from when it comes to customizing your crane truck so that it meets your specific needs. You’ll be able to choose from several different crane size options, each of which is designed from heavy-duty aluminum extrusions that can be further customized with different cabinet sizes, length options, and crane variations.

You can also customize your crane trucks by including different sized cabinets as well as by adding a number of attachments, such as crane attachments and lift gates.The following are some of the features that all of our crane trucks will have:

  • An interlocking configuration
  • A non-skid floor
  • Complete aluminum extruded construction
  • Multiple load tie-down areas
  • LED lighting installed in a waterproof junction box

Last but not least, you can purchase a crane truck from Amthor International as a complete installation on a chassis, or you can choose to have your next crane truck body shipped to you instead as a kit. For more information about our mobile crane trucks or to discuss what customization options are available to you, be sure to contact us at Amthor International today.

Fuel trucks

At Amthor International, we carry a reputation for being one of the premier tank truck manufacturers in the entire United States. One of the reasons for this is because we provide an extensive selection of tank trucks for a number of different industries, including the fuel industry. Our fuel trucks are specifically designed to meet the needs of businesses that need to deliver fuel to homes and commercial buildings alike.

Our Amthor International Fuel Trucks

Every fuel delivery business has different needs. For example, you may be in the business of delivering fuel for machine refueling, for vehicles, for aviation refueling, for gas stations, for commercial heating or for residential heating, just to name a few possibilities. To meet your specific needs, we not only offer numerous customization options, we offer two different tank models that come in seven different styles.

Our Fuel Truck Features

We have two different models that you can choose from – the Monarch and the Cardinal. The Monarch makes use of a square tank, while the Cardinal uses a round tank. Whichever you choose, you can expect the following features:

  • Every tank meets DOT-406 regulations
  • Each tank has crossmembers at all heads and baffles
  • Each tank has offset baffle openings to prevent sloshing from occurring
  • Each tank has overturn protection along with an expanded metal walkway
  • Each tank contains top and front rear drains
  • Each tank is built with LED lighting with vapor-proof wiring
  • Each tank has jeep-style fenders and a low center of gravity

Fuel Tank Options

Both models can be built with seven different tank styles and come with a variety of customization options. The seven tank styles that we offer include:

  • Clipper Tank Style
  • Classic Tank Style
  • Classic 2 Tank Style
  • Combo Tank Style
  • Champion Tank Style
  • Lub Liner Tank Style
  • Junior Tank Style

Each style has its own unique features and customization options. As far as customization options go, the following are just a few things you can choose from or add to your custom fuel truck design:

  • Tanks constructed out of steel, stainless steel or aluminum
  • A variety of compartment sizes
  • A gallon capacity of 500 to 12,000 gallons
  • V-box or L-shaped tank sills and bolster mounts
  • Off-road and heavy-duty construction options
  • DOT-approved bumper made from aluminum, steel or stainless steel
  • A five or seven-year warranty

For more information about our fuel trucks and your customization options, contact Amthor International today.

Vacuum Trucks

Vacuum TRuckWhen it comes to vacuum trucks, few tank truck manufacturers can offer the high quality, extensive features and numerous customization options that we offer here at Amthor International, which is one of the reasons we have a reputation as the country’s leading tank truck manufacturer.

Our Vacuum Trucks

First of all, we have both code and non-code vacuum trucks available depending on what your needs are. Every tank is available in steel, stainless steel or aluminum. In fact, our aluminum tanks are the heaviest built in the industry. The following are some of the features and options available for our vacuum trucks:

  • Stationary or dumping tanks built with or without full opening rear door
  • Heavy-duty off-road construction options
  • Tanks with 500 to 8,500-gallon capacity
  • Every tank comes with overturn protection, isolation valves, spill dams and top Girard vents.
  • Several different vacuum pump makes and models are available
  • Choose from several chassis makes and models
  • Choose from several tank interior protection options, such as magnesium anodes or epoxy lining
  • Choose from several tank and tank component heating options.

Our Vacuum Truck Claw Feature

Our vacuum tanks come with a number of useful features and customization options, but one of the options that makes our vacuum trucks far and away the best designed in the country is the “Claw” option.

The Claw is a feature consisting of a number of hydraulic arms that was designed to help the rear door on our vacuum trucks operate more safely. The Claw eliminates the need to use wing nuts along the top and sides of the vacuum truck since the driver will be able to release the door or pull it closed using a lever, which creates a tighter seal than possible through manual operation.

The use of the Claw helps to increase the safety of the driver since they will no longer have to climb up the tank to tighten down the rear door. Our Claw feature is designed so that it locks past center and so that the latch will not be loosened, even if pressure of the tank is lost or the cylinder doesn’t operate. Additionally, the use of the Claw could help save money on repairs caused by improper operation.

For more information about our vacuum trucks, the customization options that are available or about our unique Claw feature, be sure to contact us at Amthor International today.

Junior Tank Models

When it comes to fuel tanks, you won’t find nearly as many options anywhere else than at Amthor International. We offer two main types of fuel tank trucks – the Cardinal and the Monarch. Each one of these models comes in seven different styles, including our junior tank models.

Our Junior Tank Models

Both our Monarch Junior Tank Style and our Cardinal Junior Tank Style are built for under CDL chassis and come with tanks available in upwards of 1,200 gallons. These smaller fuel tank trucks are perfect for businesses that require on-site refueling and come packed with features as well as customizable options. Versions of the Monarch and the Cardinal Junior Tank models built to carry refined fuels meet all DOT-406 regulations as well.

Junior Tank Specifications

Some of the features that come with both the Monarch and the Cardinal models include the following:

  • Dished and flanged tank heads and baffles
  • Crossmembers at all heads and baffles
  • LED lighting designed with vapor-proof wiring
  • Jeep style fenders
  • Sides and top of the tank at .190
  • Five to seven year warranties available
  • Top and front rear drains

It’s also worth noting that the Monarch Junior Tank is semi-rectangular in shape.

Junior Tank Customization Options

In addition to coming with numerous features, both the Monarch Junior Tank and Cardinal Junior Tank can be customized to fit the unique needs of each one of our clients. The following are just a few of the many customization options that are available:

  • Choose from steel, stainless steel and hi-brite aluminum material
  • Choose from a 1/4 inch or 5/17 inch tank floor
  • Choose from V or L shaped tank sills
  • Choose from multiple compartment sizes
  • Choose from five different tank styles
  • Choose from numerous tank options

There are a lot of benefits to choosing our Amthor International Junior Tank models. Not only are they built with numerous features, but they are fully customizable as well. Not to mention that the lower center of gravity and compact size may fit your company’s needs than some of the larger models that we offer.

For more information about our line of Junior Tank Trucks and for advice on how you can customize it to fit your particular needs, be sure to contact us at Amthor International today.

DEF Tanks

One of the things that we pride ourselves on here at Amthor International is the amount of work we put into ensuring that all of our tanker trucks are as safe as possible. We continuously put effort into researching innovative new safety features to offer to our customers. For example, if you need a refined fuel tanker and want to make sure that it’s as safe as possible, we recommend our DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) tanks.

Our DEF Tanks

DEF is a non-hazardous solution that consists of 67.5 percent deionized water and 32.5 percent urea. If you choose to use a DEF tank for your refined fuel tanker, the solution will be added into the exhaust stream of the tanker. This results in the dangerous NOx emissions breaking down into harmless water and nitrogen.

We offer our DEF tanks in our Monarch or Cardinal Champion tank style. All of the DEF tanks are built out of 100 percent stainless steel as well and can be fitted with or without insulation, depending on what your specific needs are. We can even heat the tank upon request. As far as delivering the DEF solution goes, we have a number of DEF delivery systems that you can choose from, including complete tank trucks, DEF carts, and skid units.

DEF Tank Specifications

The following are a few of the features that come with our DEF tanks:

  • You can choose from a tank capacity of 500 to 4,000 gallons
  • You can choose a stainless steel tank in either #2, #4 or #7 polished material
  • The baffle openings are offset to help prevent sloshing
  • There are crossmembers present at all heads and baffles
  • You can choose from numerous stainless steel pumping and metering equipment options
  • The tank is outfitted with Betts LED lighting
  • The rear polished aluminum bumper is DOT approved
  • You can choose from five rear canopy options

If you need a refined fuel tanker for your business, then you should consider one of our DEF tanks. For more information about our DEF tanks or for information about our refined fuel tankers and customization options in general, be sure to contact us at Amthor International today.