January 2013 | Head Of The Pack | Hill York’s Fleet of Transit Vans Help Techs Deliver Efficient Service to Customers Throughout Florida

Hill York’s Fleet of Transit Vans

To bring air conditioning services and energy solutions to 100% of Florida’s metro areas south of I-4 you need to keep things moving smoothly. For Hill York, that meant finding a workhorse on wheels that could cover the ground efficiently and give its technicians the support to perform at their peak.

That workhorse was the Ford Transit Connect, and Hill York liked it so much they bought 49 of them last May.

With an ergonomically designed cabin, best in class fuel efficiency, and a host of high tech features, the Transit Connect is helping Hill York improve productivity and profitability in more ways than one.

“At 22 miles per gallon city and 27 highway, we’re saving $100,000 a year in fuel over our old fleet,” noted Hill York CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “But the biggest return on investment is how the vans have empowered our people to do what they do best without any limitations.”

Pictured above:  Hill York CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty with part of the fleet that’s driving greater work capability and lower operating costs.

The van’s space-saving proportions fit a lot of tools and parts in a small footprint. With dual side sliding doors and rear doors that open 180 degrees, techs have easy access to everything they need. And because the Transit Connect is a passenger van built on a car platform, it maneuvers well in tight spots and narrow city streets.

One particularly appealing feature is the van’s Ford Work Solutions mobile communications system. It includes an in-dash computer with Bluetooth and SYNC®, enabling wireless Internet use and access to smartphone apps while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Among other things, techs can check inventories and access documents stored on the office computer network from the job site.

“Between the latest electronics, the smoother driving experience, and the easy-access cargo space, we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the transit vans from our team,” observed Lafferty.

“They now have the technologies and tools to work smarter and more productively than ever. It’s like having a really reliable work van and state-of-the-art mobile office in one.”
As Hill York’s slick new fleet responds to service calls swiftly and decisively all over Florida, customers are sure to be the biggest van fans of all.

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